Navy U23s win Inter Services
Navy U23 XV
In the final game of the Inter Services U23 competition 2019 all three teams could win the competition but only the Royal Navy could remain unbeaten.
Against a competitive RAF side the Navy went about their business with discipline and power from their forwards, and quickly took control of the game. As early as the 4th minute when the RAF infringed at the scrum, the ever reliable Hanley stepped up and converted the penalty making it 3-0 to the Navy.
The Navy continued to apply pressure throughout the first half scoring two tries by Ravivalitia and W Scott. Although the RAF scored a penalty the Navy were in control of the game making the half time score 15-3 top the Dark Blue.
The second half saw the Navy continue to apply pressure and scored an early try by Lowe. The RAF for short periods worked their way into the Navy half and deserved to score their only try of the game which was converted with 12 minutes of the game to go. The RAF sniffed a chance and fought hard to make ground in the Navy half causing a short period of consternation and confusion in the ranks, which was quickly rectified by the ever impressive back row of Leyland-Jones, W Scott and McGrath. With the final move of the game and from the Navy half W Scott broke through the centre to score under the posts. It was a long way to run for a big man after 80 minutes of very physical rugby. Hanley converted the try and the navy had won 27-10.
Very well worth their victory and by winning the competition for the fourth time in five years this group of talented coaches and players should be rightly proud of what they have achieved.
“This is a great way to finish my time with U23s” said head coach John Court. “I’ve loved every minute of it and I know I’m handing over a great squad. I can’t wait to get back involved with the senior XV and I’ll be taking some of this squad with me.
“I’m delighted for the U23s and I’ll be inviting a number of them to trial games early next year”. Said Dave Pascoe, the Senior XV Head Coach.
“Wining any Inter Services title is incredibly difficult, and this group of players have worked extremely hard for it” Said Chris Roberts, Director of Navy Rugby. “The U23s has produced some of the Navy’s best players in recent years and there are some lads with outstanding potential.”
1 AB Illsley, 2 OCDT Scoot, 3 AB Allton, 4 ET(WE) M Scott, 5 Logs Aziz, 6 Mne Scott W, 7 SLt Leyland-Jones, 8 OCDT McGrath, 9 AET Belcher, 10 AB Hanley(Capt), 11 AB Raivalitia, 12 AET Mills, 13 AET Janes, 14 AB Lowe, 15 AET Rubber. 16 AET Bick, 17 AB Creak, 18 AB Lindsay, 19 AB(UW) White, 20 Mne McClean B, 21 AET Manson, 22 AB Shires, 23 ET(CIS) Wells.
Words: John Walton
Images: Royal Navy Rugby Union © John Walton