HMS MONTROSE v Kiel Rugby 7s, Germany

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HMS MONTROSE RFC

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HMS MONTROSE RFC arrived at Kiel Rugby club with the expectation of playing a handful of similar ability teams from the other units taking part in BALTOPS 14; what they actullay took part in, was a competition against several other well established 7s teams and not one other Naval team!

The whole team, more used to playing 15s rugby, started to warm up and practice the skills required for the competition once they arrived; the warm up being lead by LPT Woodhead and the skills being taught by CPO Coats. Once the standard of the individuals was evaluated it was decided that to give everyone as much game time as possible, the ship would enter two teams, Port and Starboard. Each team played a total of 3 matches.  All six matches were played to a very high standard with the opposition all having had much more training in the game than MONTROSE. The first match played was the only win of the tournament with the Starboard team showing that even though we have little time to practice or train, we were still able to go out on to a pitch with heads held high. The lads tried to put into practice what had been demonstrated and talked about only a couple of hours previously, and after a couple of false starts, we got our act together and put some points on the board, with tries from LPT Woodhead and Lt Long.  Next to play were the Port team against Germania A team, once this game kicked off everybody realised that we had been somewhat lucky in the first match; the opposition were a well practised team that never let the ball touch the ground.  With fast runners, faster hands and an unerring ability to know where each player was at all times they out ran the Port team time and again creating overlaps and space at every opportunity. MONTROSE still held in and didn't let their heads drop and they put in some big hits that made the other teams start to want to avoid contact. The other four matches unfortunately followed a very similar pattern with both teams losing all four. By the time both teams played Megatron RFC the skills that were taught at the beginning of the day started to denigrate as the whole team started to get tired and revert to playing a very 15's style of rugby with big hits and big runs taking contact where possible. Both teams put in a massive performance which isn’t reflected in either the tries scored or the end results. Fast ball skills and very high levels of fitness are required in the 7s game and unfortunately MONTROSE just couldn't compete at this level. The after match celebration was friendly and festive with language barriers slowly being broken down with friendly drinks being passed around. Try scorers for the tournament were Lt Long, LPT Woodhead, AET ‘Jonesy’ Jones and LS ‘Zelda’ Bowyer.  Man of the tournament was AB(SEA) Nicholls.

HMS MONTROSE Starboard

LS Z Bowyer HMS MONTROSE

AB J Burdett HMS MONTROSE

LT A Long HMS MONTROSE

AET D Jones HMS MONTROSE FLIGHT

LT C Lewis HMS MONTROSE

ET WE R Thomas HMS MONTROSE

ET WE J Soper HMS MONTROSE

LPT K Woodhead HMS MONTROSE

MA R Smith HMS TRUMPETER

HMS MONTROSE Port

SC R Young HMS MONTROSE

LT CDR D Armstrong HMS MONTROSE

SLT T Bell HMS MONTROSE

LT R Drysdale HMS MONTROSE

LT G Lewis HMS MONTROSE

ET ME J James HMS MONTROSE

AB J Nicholls HMS MONTROSE

CPO A Coats HMS TRUMPETER