February 2016

Royal Navy Recapture the Power of Seven

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 Royal Navy Recapture the Power of Seven

From the ancient Egyptians, through Greek and Chinese science to modern day mathematicians, the number seven has always held exalted status as a special number, the symbol of perfection.  For the Royal Navy it is now two matches, two successive comprehensive wins and seven tries on both occasions.   And though no-one would say that either performance was ‘perfection’ both against Cambridge University and again last night, against Esher Cardinals, the Royal Navy have produced performances that have caught the eye.  Their 46-5 win over Esher Cardinals was disciplined with few errors.  It was built on solid defence and a high work rate and the ability to...

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Devonport Services Rugby Club make welcome return to Devon Cup

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Devonport Services Rugby Club make welcome return to Devon Cup

Following a 13 year absence, Devonport Services Rugby Football Club were delighted to be invited to compete in the Devon Cup for the 2015/16 season.   In the first round match The Sporting Blues were drawn against Sidmouth.  Despite playing at home, Devonport were unable to turn this to their advantage and Sidmouth emerged the victors, winning 27-24 after a hard fought encounter that included extra time.  Sidmouth went on to play Torquay in their second round match.    With the support of both Plymouth Rugby Combination and the Royal Navy Rugby Union, the club were keen to be re-admitted to the competition following their departure in 2002.  The depa...

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Royal Navy Ring the Changes for Challenge of Cardinals

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Royal Navy Ring the Changes for Challenge of Cardinals

Buoyed by their opening 50-26 victory, away against Cambridge University, the Royal Navy have made eight changes to the starting XV for their visit to Esher on Wednesday night.  The skipper Ben Priddey leads a pack that sees three changes, whilst only Cory Moore and Matt Tichias remain of the backline that started at Cambridge.  Having had time together the team will be looking to build on their opening match performance, against a team that traditionally lay down a fast and physical challenge on their full width Moseley Road pitch. In the front row, John Court returns at tight head with Chris Warner swapping across to loose head and Ben Priddey at hooker.  Behind them ...

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Two wins out of two as the RNRU(W) convincingly defeat HM Prison Service ladies 57-0

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Two wins out of two as the RNRU(W) convincingly defeat HM Prison Service ladies 57-0

Under a floodlit USSG PORTSMOUTH pitch on a cool, still Wednesday night the RNRU(W) executed their most clinical and convincing win in 2 years, against HM Prison Service Ladies.  Led by their Captain, Charlotte Fredrickson, the RN Women were in buoyant mood after their victory in January against Yeovil RFC Ladies.  There were nerves aplenty but as RNRURS referee Stu Collins blew the whistle, they didn’t show and the RN Women went on the offensive. The RN Women started aggressively, going into contact with the forwards recycling the ball quickly and the backs being given clean ball by scrum half Oli Critchley.  The RN Women made quick ground early, allowing Charlotte...

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One from One - Devonport Services Vets v RN Mariners match report

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One from One - Devonport Services Vets v RN Mariners match report

The RN Mariners started the preparation for defending their Inter Services Crown with a hard fought victory over Devonport Services RFC Vets at The Keyham 3G Pitch in Devonport, Plymouth.  Although a victory, at times they lacked their killer instinct and finesse and would have walked away content with the result but frustrated knowing the margin could have been a lot greater if not for some simple mistakes in their play and decision making at key times during the game. The RN exerted their dominance on the game immediately from the kick off, forcing Services to defend from deep and fight their way out of their Red Zone on numerous occasions in the opening 10 minutes.  The R...

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