HMS Richmond v Bahrain RFC


HMS Richmond


Bahrain RFC

Bahrain first XV and their vets hosted a spirited HMS Richmond XV at their home ground in Riffa under floodlights. Due to the ambient temperature exceeding 30 degrees, it was decided to play 4 quarters of 20 minutes, allowing both teams to play around with their squads and take on plenty of fluids. An Aggressive start from Richmond, who have not played for a matter of months due to busy tasking, resulted in Full Back Steward Kurusasa Sin Binned for a late tackle after a chip and go from the Bahrain Wing. From the kick off and after the loss of Kurusasa, a well drilled Bahrain squad immediately placed pressure on the Richmond defensive line which contained it for a while, until a turnover at the scrum allowed the Bahrain backs to stretch the Richmond defence and run in under the posts. After sustained pressure Bahrain crossed the line for 2 more tries before the end of the quarter.

At the start of the second quarter Bahrain had made various changes which allowed Richmond to settle into the game with both backs and forwards working more coherently together and challenging the opposition in all positions on the park. After this quarter the score line remained the same with a solid defensive display from Richmond who also began to trouble the Bahrain team, stretching them when the backs were released.

The start of the third quarter Bahrain made a full squad change and the fresh legs proved a test for a tiring Richmond, however solid defence and a determined effort from Richmond kept Bahrain at bay. Bahrain only managed to cross the line for one Try after sustained pressure from their forwards to cross the line.

It wasn’t until the final quarter that Richmond finally broke down the Bahrain defensive line, with a move started in the pack that was quickly passed down the line to the centres who smashed through the line and ran in the first of 2 tries. The first scored by LPT Best after being released by AB O’Connell through the centre, punching a hole and sprinting in to finish. The second Scored by LET Wilson who again broke the gain line after a quick turnover by the Richmond forwards and ran in to score under the posts. Bahrain rallied towards the end of the fixture crossing the line for 2 more tries. Final Score Bahrain 38 – Richmond 12.

1. CPO House
2. PO Doyle
3. LH Gee
4. LH Flack
5. SC Kurisara
6. MA Fraser
7. AB Taylor
8. LH Parrot
9. CH Wilson
10. LH O’Connell
11. LCPL Wales
12. LH Nelson-Smith
13. LPT Best
14. AB Robins
15. AB Kurusasa
16. POPT Homer
17. LH Wilson
18. MA Hooky
19. LH Butterworth
20. AB Jinks
21. LH Bulleyment
22. SURG LT Arrwood
23. LT Adams