December 2005

Christmas Comes Early for Referees

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The Navy Referees Society has caught up with the digital age and has taken delivery of their first communications set. Many ardent rugby follows will be used to seeing match officials with ear pieces in. The push to talk radio system allows two way communications between the referee, his two touch judges and the reserve official. However the RNRURS have also included an open mike system with the package. The open mike allows the referee coach or adviser to hear all of the dialogue between referee and players. This system can also be paired with a video so that the resultant recording has the referee's voice over in sync with the picture. Commenting on the equipment Paul Burton, the Societ...

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Three Games From Twickenham

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Following their 33 - 3 home victory over Falmouth, Devonport Services are just three more matches from appearing at Twickenham in the Powergen Junior Vase. However to continue their journey Services will need to be on top form and travel well when they meet Bicester on the 14 Jan 2006. Winning away from home though has been a feature of Devonport's cup run, having already accounted for Cirencester 22 - 10; Bridport 40 - 10 and Plymouth Civil Service 41 - 0 on their travels. Apart from the Falmouth result the only other home tie saw a 10 - 6 victory over Tavistock. The draw has proved to be more kind to Bicester. Following two away games in the early rounds Bicester have been drawn at...

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NATO LIONS TAKE PRIDE IN SECOND WIN AGAINST CUS NAPOLI: 24-12!

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Carney Park, 11th December 2005 – Cold, wet, windy: perfect rugby conditions for an intense and sometimes heated match between the NATO Lions and local rivals CUS Napoli. CUS Napoli opened the match with their number 9 racing for a try within five minutes of the first whistle. Despite this early set-back the Lions showed great character by promptly responding with a try of their own by no. 7 Ryan Turnhill, smartly converted by Lions' kicker Martin John. Craig “Bugsy” Moran set about increasing the Lions' lead with a powerful run almost the length of the pitch, manoeuvring around the opposition to score a spectacular try, which meant that at half time the NATO Lions led 12-7. The second ...

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NATO LIONS MAINTAIN WINNING STREAK 47-0

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Carney Park 18th December, NATO Lions walked out in Carney Park on Sunday wanting to maintain their winning streak as they played local Italian team Portici. The first 15 minutes saw the teams in lock a down as the Lions fought hard to absorb the constant barrage of Portici attacks. Lions look unsettled and found it hard to gain control. However, a strong run by winger, Pat Kramer supported by No 8 Craig “Bugsy” Moran managed to break the deadlock with Moran making a breakaway run from the half way line to score under the posts which was then converted by the sure footed Martin John. The Lions defence was constantly tested as Portici maintained the pressure and demonstrated their discip...

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ROYAL NAVY ACADEMY v NEWBURY BLUES

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The late arrival of Newbury caused the kick off to be delayed by 30 mins on an evening blighted by the traffic congestion caused by a crash on the M27. The Academy side took the field on a cold, crisp, winter evening perfect for the side to play Mark Dellers requirement for expansive rugby. With the pitch baring the scars of the Inter Service U21 clash against the Army, only 4 days previous, the expectation was for a better outcome from the Navy side. However, the early signs did not look promising. With only 5 mins gone Newbury scored their opening try after dismissing 2 kickable penalties on the 22m opting instead to kick into the corner and take the lineout. From the second lineout the...

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