Army men and women were largely on winning sides across British rugby this weekend.
In the Premier 15s SSgt Sarah Mitchelson (RLC) was a second-half replacement as a much-changed Wasps headed home from Exeter with a hard-fought 24-14 win over the Chiefs.
Two tries apiece in the first half saw the teams go into the break tied at 14-apiece, but the Londoners edged clear with a third converted try and a penalty in the second half.
The result saw Wasps go back into the top four, and for SSgt Mitchelson the day had an added bonus – her 200th appearance in the black and gold.
Harlequins remain top of the table thanks to a sixth successive bonus point win, this time away to Gloucester-Hartpury. Capt Alexandra Eddie (QARANC) was on the replacements’ bench for what turned out to be tough match for the league leaders.
Quins’ pack has been the foundation for their successes so far this campaign, and so it proved again with a pair of irresistible rolling mauls which took them clear to a four-try, 22-5 victory.
Saturday’s other Army action came at Sandy Park, where LCpl Semesa Rokoduguni (Scots DG) was a second-half replacement for Bath against Exeter. The Chiefs have carried on where they left off last season in the opening two rounds of the Premiership, and Bath had no answer to the hosts’ dominance as they crossed the whitewash five times on the way to a 40-3 win.
On Sunday Cpl Lewis Bean (Rifles) got his first win in Glasgow Warriors colours, away to Cardiff Blues. This was a tight affair at Rodney Parade, the clinching score coming nine minutes from time.
The 19-10 success snapped a four-match losing streak for the Warriors, and keeps them in touch with the Ospreys in the chase for the play-off spots in Conference A.
Words © Chris Wearmouth, Images © Craig Watson