LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni (Scots DG) had the best possible send-off from the Recreation Ground on Saturday afternoon, as Bath came back against London Irish to win their Premiership clash and move off the bottom of the table in the process.
LCpl Rokoduguni may not have got on the scoresheet himself, but enjoyed a standing ovation and a lap of honour in front of the Bath faithful after playing the full 80 minutes.
“It has been an emotional week leading up to the game,” he said.
“Coming into the changing room, straight into the warm-up, putting the jersey on… everything just hit me at once. ‘This is your final moment looking at all four corners of the changing room, the bloke next to you’… I was in tears before I came in.
“The way the boys performed is a great send-off from the club and the boys.”
The action itself was royally entertaining, the lead changing hands three times in the first half alone as Bath and London Irish shared five tries.
The final play of the half put the Exiles 17-14 up, with another converted try extending the lead to 10 points.
But Bath fought back to tie things up with 15 minutes to play, and maintained their composure to earn a late penalty and a 27-24 result.
At the other end of the M4 Gnr Senitiki Nayalo (7 Para RHA) was in the Coventry back row for their Championship Cup Final against Ealing.
Coventry had shipped 120 points to Ealing across their two league matches, but three away wins in the Cup campaign had given them the confidence to come out firing, and when they took the lead with a sixth-minute try the blue and whites would stay in front until the hour mark.
However when Ealing scored their first try it gave them a lead they would not relinquish, holding out a late Coventry surge to record a 19-13 victory.
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