HMS Monmouth v HMS Northumberland
On a perfect afternoon for rugby it was clear from the start of the match that both teams were going to play an attacking game with ball in hand. Early pressure from HMS MONMOUTH, chipping away and gaining good yards through the forwards, forced HMS NORTHUMBERLAND to concede a penalty that was sent over by SLt Wheatley. The game would then turn back and forth with 3 tries coming in quick succession. Some very strong running from the HMS NORTHUMBERLAND Number 8, AB Robbie Fowler, saw him touch down under the post, 7-3.
From the restart the MONMOUTH took the game right back to the opposition through the pack. Picking, driving and short pops gained ground before the ball was sent wide and SLt Amery went around his opposite number to score. The conversion put the core board to 10 - 7. MONMOUTH struggled to cope with the individual carries of the NORTHUMBERLAND's runners, which resulted in two more tries. The score went into half time at 21 - 10 to the HMS NORTHUMBERLAND.
With the weather deteriorating multiple handling errors started to creep into the match and both packs were tiring from some tough scrummaging. With NORTHUMBERLAND now playing the conditions, the direct running of the backs meant they crossed for two tries, seemingly putting the game out of reach for the MONMOUTH.
With the match at 33-10 the MONMOUTH could have easily caved in however a late burst saw AB Rokobaui score two tries through some elusive running and a quick tap penalty that caught the NORTHUMBERLAND defence napping. PO Speedy Carr crossed the whitewash. This made for a nail biting final 5 minutes as the score board was now at 33 - 29 to the NORTHUMBERLAND. With MONMOUTH now throwing everything at it, all credit to the HMS NORTHUMBERALANDS defence as they held out the duration of the final 5 defending on their try line.
Final score 33 - 29 to HMS NORTHUMBERLAND
MOM - AB ROKOBAUI HMS MONMOUTH