February 2020

Yellow Card Proves Costly but Performance Improved

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Yellow Card Proves Costly but Performance Improved

The Royal Navy Senior XV lost a 15-0 lead through planned changes effecting their momentum and a Yellow Card.  The changes provide vital game experience for the younger players.  The Yellow Card was through this inexperience and provides lessons in precision in your play.  Final score Esher 20 Senior XV 15 For much of the match the Royal Navy Senior XV could be pleased with the progress they had made since last week.  A lead was built through two tries from hooker, Ben Priddey, and a third from fullback, Ben Chambers.  It was always planned that this match would see a number of changes throughout the game and this undoubtedly effected the Navy’s play and...

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Try of the Night Not Enough for Royal Navy Women

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Try of the Night Not Enough for Royal Navy Women

The British Police produced a strong performance to win against the Royal Navy Women at RNAS Yeovilton.  The Navy side worked hard and were tenacious in defence.  They produced the best try of the evening for Dixon to the delight of their supporters, including Commanding Officers from the player’s units. With only one other match for the Royal Navy Women’s XV before the first capped match against the French, the British Police gave them a hard game to assist with their ongoing preparations.  An entertaining first half saw the Police reach the break 22-5 in front after an early Billi Staite try had levelled the game 5-5.  After the break the Police team ...

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Evolution Not Revolution: Navy Women’s Rugby Continues its Progress

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Evolution Not Revolution: Navy Women’s Rugby Continues its Progress

As Head Coach, Charlie Fredrickson, brings together an extended squad of 26 players, prior to Wednesday’s match against British Police, thoughts are already drifting forward’ to Toulon where the Royal Navy Rugby Union Women’s XV will play their first capped match of the season.  The players of course will never admit this, the mantra being the next game; whatever the sport whatever the level.  But the reality of progression is that there has to be longer term plans and it is pleasing to see that the hard work that the Women’s organisation has made over the previous few years, to grow their playing base and deepen their talent pool, is slowly beginning to...

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If Not Now; When?

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If Not Now; When?

Last season Craig Duncan made a measured debut against Cambridge University in a season which saw him establish himself at full back and play in all three capped games.  By contrast Brad Janes announced his arrival with a full-on blood and thunder hard line from a lineout against Esher.  Like Craig he was to play in all three capped matches.  They were both to team up later in the year wearing UK Armed Forces colours in the International Defence Rugby Cup match against France.  So, as you ponder how important the February matches are, what opportunities they may hold, simply think of the delight Craig Duncan must have felt as he crossed the line to score at the Twicke...

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Mariners Require Paradigm Shift for 19/20 Season Success

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Mariners Require Paradigm Shift for 19/20 Season Success

Make no bones about it but last season was extremely challenging for the Mariners if the results are anything to go by.  Revisiting the fixtures in reverse order, the team ended on a low having been humbled in front of a reasonably sized crowd by a fluent and creative Army Masters side (24 – 69 L). The result was particularly exasperating, as the boys in blue started strongly demonstrating an expansive style coupled with a direct approach of their own with Andy Vance, Alan Sullivan and Peter Kewn (or was it John Lamsin?) crossing the line with Paul Saberton converting them all and slotting a penalty. The game against the RAF will be painful to look back on (29 – 5 L) ...

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