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Army August 5, 2010
By LS Paul McCallum
ARMY has helped a developing Australian
Services Rugby Union (ASRU) side beat a
touring United States Combined Services
(USCS) rugby team two-nil in their first
tour since 2004.
In a physically confronting series, the
instinctive nature of the ASRU players over-
came the physical size of the visitors and their
more structured set of plays.
ASRU coach Capt Damien Cahill said the
developing team did themselves proud.
"Each service left their individual service
mentality at the door and I have never seen
such a cohesive bunch of blokes playing for
the one goal," he said.
"This team was not our regular senior side,
we only had a few seasoned ASRU players
and each of the three services contributed the
same numbers to make up the team."
Game one at Victoria Barracks in Sydney
was a close affair with the ASRU side pleas-
antly surprised by the competitiveness of the
USCS. While ASRU took the win by out-
pacing the visitors, the aggression of the
Americans kept them in the game.
ASRU took an early lead and were in front
19-8 at half-time with three tries to one, but
after some contentious decisions by the ref-
eree, ASRU lost its cool and allowed USCS
back into the game with penalty goals.
Halfway through the second half, USCS
had closed the gap to one point but a late pen-
alty goal to ASRU secured a 24-21 win.
"Team skipper Capt Gerard Kearns led
well under pressure and Sgt Ben Jones stood
up and read the play to get us in the right
direction," Capt Cahill said.
"Pte Luke Tabutoa is developing really
well and Pte Josh Grey was very good at read-
ing the game."
Poor discipline hounded the ASRU side
in the second match at Duntroon in Canberra
and the visitors took an early lead courtesy of
a penalty goal.
ASRU settled to regain the lead with a try
and conversion, but again lost their discipline
when some decisions went against them and
gave USCS a chance to hit back.
"We had one of our players sent off at
the 30-minute mark of the first half so had to
manage with one less player on the field for
the remaining 50 minutes," Capt Cahill said.
"Our management of the bench rotation
was critical as our conditioning was really
tested at the end of the second game."
Fortunately the kicking game of the visi-
tors was off and they missed two penalty
goal attempts and went in to half time trailing
"The second half was marked by oppor-
tunistic tries for us, more than successfully
executing the game plan," Capt Cahill said.
ASRU crossed the line three times in the
final half and kept the opposition scoreless to
run away with a 27-8 win.
"The defence had their work cut out for
them with the USCS camped on our try line
for a lot of the game."
The United States armed forces have been
playing rugby at club level since West Point
began competing in 1961.
For the past 20 years, the USCS has had a
team representing Army, Navy, Marines, Air
Force and Coast Guard competing in a nation-
al rugby competition against civilian sides.
ASRU will now concentrate on the
PACMIL cup to be held in Canberra in
October while the USCS is looking to return
next year for a rematch.
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
AVENGING a one-point loss from day one's pool
game, the Wagga men's team beat the APS in the
final 53-32, at the 2010 ACT/Wagga Interservice
Basketball Competition held at RMC from June
What started as a close battle was quick to turn, as
the young legs and tight team-play of the Wagga team
OIC Capt Judson Ruig, HQ JOC, said the APS men's
team came out on top just 24 hours earlier, but the com-
bined service Wagga team was hungry for revenge.
"The men's competition saw some strong play by
senior and junior players alike, and was a definite show-
case of the basketball talent within Defence," Capt Ruig
Both teams came through the preliminaries with
three wins and one loss, while the combined ARA and
RAAF team and the men's RAN team tied for third with
two wins and two losses.
The women's final was neck and neck until the final
minutes when the combined RAAF/APS women's team
sunk the winning baskets, beating Wagga 24-20.
Capt Ruig said the crowd was treated to a bruising
spectacle of defence, with both teams struggling to find
rhythm at the offensive end.
"The strong Wagga inside play from Melissa
Robertson and the shooting of Stacy Bridgfoot kept things
close, but it was the veteran pairing of Karen Kill and
Sqn-Ldr Fiona Harris that ensured the victory," he said.
The tournament was part of the preparation for
the 2010 Australian Defence Basketball Association
Combined Services Basketball Competition to be held at
RAAF Williamtown later this year.
Interested players should contact Capt Judson Ruig via email at
THE ADO Mountain
will be run by the
Cycling Club at
Stromlo Forest Park
in Canberra from
are open to all Defence
mountain bike rid-
ers and will be an
sport under DI(G)Pers
14-2. More informa-
tion will be released as
it becomes available
through the ADCC
website at www.adcc.
United for victory
Crossing the line: OCdt Matt Jones crosses the try line after (inset) stumbling clear of the United States Combined Services
defence in game two of the test series.
Photo by LS Paul McCallum
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