HMS Dragon Vs Old Naval RFC

12

HMS Dragon

19

Old Naval RFC

On Thursday 4th December HMS Dragon took on the Chilean Navy’s ‘Old Naval’ RFC in Vina Del Mar known as ‘The Garden City’ on the glorious Pacific coast, who fielded a mixture of their regular team and their veterans, in a well supported evening fixture.

The high intensity with which both teams were determined to play was clear from the outset with hard running and firm defence. It was the Old Naval though who had dominated possession in the early stages and despite Dragon’s defensive efforts, the Chilean’s success around the fringes of the ruck resulted in the first try. A short-range pick-up and go effort typical of the opening stages of the game. In the loose however Dragon had the upper hand. Having re-grouped the forwards were able to disrupt the ball which came out to the backs and AB Bamford, who switched play, allowing AB Catlin who received the ball on the wing and produced a scorching run to open Dragon’s account, giving them the lead 7-5. The remainder of the first half was a physical encounter; Old Naval retained possession well and took the lead with another short range effort. Dragon’s forwards however were determined and now started winning scrums against the head. Relentless defence led to Dragon equalising 12-12 shortly before half time, an opportunistic score from AB Bamford who gathered a dropped ball and ran in under the posts.

The second half was tightly contested with nothing between the two sides, the forwards were effective putting pressure in the set piece, which the Old Naval had previously relied upon and the backs were ever dangerous with the ball in hand. A number of particularly big hits from both sides had taken their toll though. The Chileans were able to make a number of substitutions in the last quarter however and it was this that ultimately proved to be the difference. An Old Naval maul in the closing stages could not be stopped by Dragon’s strong yet tiring defence and they rumbled over giving Old Naval the only try of the second half and with it the lead 19-12 and despite Dragon’s best efforts and some strong running, proved to be the final score.

The fixture was played in good spirit and Dragon was well hosted on completion. A well matched first encounter of the deployment has provided a platform from which to develop. Doggedness and determination in defence were the key features in Dragon’s narrow defeat in Chile.

Team List;

1. PO Taylor
2. PO Sproston
3. CPO Bailey
4. SLt Trevor-Harris RN
5. Capt Bull RA
6. Mne Masceny
7. AB Johnston
8. Lt Fabre FN
9. AB Faint
10. SLt Massey RN
11. AB Catlin
12. AB Bamford
13. Ch Fusi
14. Lt Greig RN
15. SLt Taylor RN
16. ET Riordan
17. LET Lewis
18. ET Mines