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Army October 13, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
SURPRISES, injuries, victories and
defeat were all a part of the first two
game days during the International
Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC).
China's People's Liberation Army
(PLA) was a mystery team last week, but
we now know they are a fast and techni-
cally skilled team.
Their loss to the Tongan Defence
Services (TDS), 59-12, showed they
were coming to grips with the Tongan
style of rugby and would be stiff compe-
tition for the Australian Services Rugby
Union (ASRU) team on October 9.
IDRC Competition Director Glenn
Crosland said three of the four games
on the first game day on October 1
were decided by big scores.
"The second game day on October
5 was expected to give closer matches,
but that wasn't to be as only two matches
were real contests," he said.
The Royal Navy team's win against
the Australian Federal Police 73-0 on
the first game day showed their strength,
but the British sailors were then deci-
mated 83-0 by a team quickly formed
from ACT A-grade players to replace
the South African team after its with-
drawal from the competition.
Players from the Royal Air Force
were also shocked after their 73-0 win
against the Papua New Guinea Defence
Force only to lose against the New
Zealand Defence Force 58-0.
The British Army is not showing
signs of weakness. Winning a well-
fought match against Samoa Police,
33-10, and an aggressive clash against
the French Armed Forces, 36-11.
ASRU wins first match
By LCpl Mark Doran
THIS time was different. Despite
desperation by the Tonga Defence
Forces (TDS) in the dying minutes,
the Australian Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) held firm to win its opening
game of the International Defence
The Australians won the Pool A
game 21-17 in the most exciting match
of the second game day at the TG Milner
Field in Sydney on October 5.
The last time the two teams had
met was October last year when ASRU
lost by one point in the Pacific Nations
Military Cup in Canberra.
This time around, Tonga's final
desperate bid to cross the line made
for intense minutes as they pounded
Australia's defence in what could have
ended in a similar result as the 2010
The Australians held their composure
to win 21-17.
ASRU Coach Capt Damian Cahill,
although happy with the match result,
said his team could have played better.
"We didn't play that well -- our deci-
sion making could have been much bet-
ter and we consistently let Tonga stay in
the game when we had opportunities to
close them out," Capt Cahill said.
"It is an emotional game playing
against the Tongans because of the
physicality of the players and their abil-
ity and desire to purely play off broken-
"They don't put a lot of emphasis on
their set-piece as we do and we look to
play with structure whereas the Tongans
look to play Islander football, which
they are very good at.
"ASRU's defensive effort was sharp
and constructive with good communica-
tion. The key was getting the Tongans on
the ground and not letting them stay on
their feet and off-load."
In the final minute before half time
TDS scored a try followed by a success-
ful conversion, but ASRU were still in
the lead 11-5.
LCpl Jovan Clarke, 3RAR, was
ASRU's top achiever as he scored points
with three penalty kicks and a try which
he also converted. Pte John Tanuvasa,
8/7RVR, was the other point maker
when he scored a try 20 minutes into the
Capt Cahill said LCpl Clarke's deci-
sion making and execution was excel-
"LCpl Shaun Kober, 5RAR, really
made a difference when he came on
as outside-centre. Cfn Jeremy Nelson,
AAVNTC, was our go-forward man
who did it well and AB James Smith, 37
Sqn, was also one of our best players,"
The pressure on the Tongan team was
converted into points when they scored
a try in the corner with only minutes left
in the match.
ASRU's next game was scheduled
to be played on October 9 against the
People's Liberation Army (PLA).
as comp kicks off
Dodgeball: LCpl Joven Clarke, 3RAR, avoids a tackle during a game against the Tonga Defence Services
team in ASRU's first match of the 2011 International Defence Rugby Competition. Photo by AB Lee-Anne Mack
ala Game Day 1, Viking Park,
anberra, October 1: Tonga
efence Services d Peoples
beration Army 59-12; Royal
avy d Australian Federal
olice 73-0; Royal Air Force d
apua New Guinea Defence
orce 73-0; British Army d
amoa Police 33-10.
ala Game Day 2, TG Milner
ield, Eastwood October 5:
ew Zealand Defence Force d
oyal Air Force 58-0; Australian
ervices Rugby Union d
onga Defence Service
1-17; Canberra d Royal
avy 83-0; British Army
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