Royal Navy Medical Services v Army Medical Services (Dev)

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Royal Navy Medical Services

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Army Medical Services (DEV)

The Royal Navy Medical Services (RNMS) most recent fixture was a development fixture against the Army Medical Services (AMS) Development squad. Whilst the RNMS and AMS have played fixtures the day before Army v Navy at Twickenham for a good few years now, the AMS team has developed at a much quicker pace than the RNMS hence this development game. It was agreed between the two Captains the fixture would be played in four twenty minute blocks.

The RNMS once again struggling for numbers turned up with 14 for a morning training session, working on the defensive systems they have been using all season and introducing a few new faces to the team and the game of rugby itself! At 1400 after winning the toss the RNMS kicked the game off.

Lead by skipper LMA Sam 'Winnie' Winfield (CTCRM), the RNMS instantly applied pressure to the AMS forcing a knock on and the first scrum of the day. An area of concern with an inexperienced front row for the RNMS, a concerted effort saw the RNMS comfortably win their own scrum. A few good phases of play had the AMS on the back foot but a simple handling error meant the AMS now had possession. Good defensive play held the AMS up and it was 10 minutes into the game before the deadlock was broken by some good hands with the AMS using the overlap to score the first try of the game. Try converted the score stood at 7-0 to the AMS. The AMS quickly reapplied the pressure but the RNMS stayed strong holding them 5 meters from the try line for 4 to 5 phases of play before turning over and being able to clear just outside the 22. Winning their lineout the AMS worked back to within 1 metre of the try line but again good defence held them at bay until a gap was found and they pounced. Unconverted the AMS went into the second quarter 12-0 up.

Rallied by Winfield, the RNMS received the kick off and started playing some good attacking rugby. A good combination of forwards picking and going and the backs spinning the ball wide saw the RNMS arrive at the 22m line. Slow ball from the ruck gave the AMS time to address their defensive line but for fly-half, MNE MA Craig Galloway (CTCRM) who had the vision to see the gap behind the defensive line and chipped the ball over for POMA Chris Jones (DMS W) to scoop the ball up and score RNMS’ first try of the game. Converted by Galloway the RNMS were fighting back. The evenly matched game had good attacking and defensive displays from both sides making it too close to call. A handling error from the RNMS on their own 22 allowed the AMS centre to capitalise and with no one in front he was clean in under the posts; a devastating blow for the RNMS however morale remained high. An injury to the RNMS outside centre, MA Bolaitamana (CLR), meant a short break in play while one of the AMS lads got kitted up to play. A starting AMS first team player, he made an instant and welcomed impact for the RNMS.

The third quarter was contested well, players beginning to tire on both sides however when the RNMS backs made a break from a stolen lineout on the half way line, the AMS loanee (sic) gaining ground before offloading to Jones on the wing who once again was able to chip over the top and chase it in for a second try, again converted by Galloway with the score now 22-14. With only a couple of minute remaining in this quarter the RNMS turned over an AMS scrum, an area where the RNMS pack had held their own and now began to dominate. The ball was shipped out to the backs and the AMS player saw a gap in between the AMS centres and ran in from the AMS 10 metre line where he was tackled on the try line but able to ground the ball. Galloway’s boot which had been spot on all game slotted it over. 22-21 to the AMS. Game on for the final 20 minutes!

The final 20 minutes began to take its toll on the RNMS, with no more subs to turn to the AMS proved they were a side not be given time and space on the ball. The RNMS defence remained strong but with tiring legs the AMS were able to put in three tries in the final quarter, converting two: final score - 41-21. A competitive fixture emphasised by the Great Spirit and camaraderie shown from both sides.

LMA S Winfield (CTCRM) (Captain)
MA B Higgs (MDHU PM)
MNE MA B Walsh (HMS Neptune)
MA S Cairns (RNAS Yeovilton)
CPONN P Hornsey (DMS Whittington)
CMT P George (AMS loaned player)
MA Lewis Baxter (DMS Whittington)
MNE MA M Brashier (CLR)
MA James Savage (DMS Whittington)
MNE (MA) C Galloway (DMS Whittington)
MNE MA M Stacey (CLR)
PONN G Mitchell (MDHU D)
MA Bolatiamana (CLR)
POMA C Jones (DMS Whittington)
LMA P Hamilton-Shaw (RM Poole)(Vice Captain)