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By LSIS Paul McCallum
NAVY has helped a developing
Australian Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) side beat a touring United
States Combined Services (USCS)
rugby team 2-0 in the Americans'
first tour since 2004.
In a physically confronting
series, the instinctive nature of the
ASRU players overcame the size
of the visitors and their more struc-
tured set of plays.
ASRU coach, CAPT Damien
Cahill, said the developing team did
"Each Service left their individu-
al-Service mentality at the door and
I have never seen such a cohesive
bunch of blokes playing for the one
goal," CAPT Cahill said.
"This team was not our regular
senior side -- we only had a few sea-
soned 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 impressed by the
competitiveness of the USCS. While
ASRU took the win by out-pacing
the visitors, the Americans' aggres-
sion kept them in the game.
ASRU took an early lead and led
19-8 at half time, with three tries
to one. But after some contentious
decisions by the referee, ASRU lost
their 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 penalty goal to
ASRU secured a 24-21 win.
"SMN Daryl Seden played really
well in both games and was one of
the fastest guys on the field," CAPT
"AB Adam Sargent is developing
really well and was instrumental in
helping minimise the control in the
ASRU downs USCS
Fortunately the kicking game of
the visitors was off and they missed
two penalty goal attempts and went
into half-time trailing 10-8.
"The second half was marked by
opportunistic 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 victory.
"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 com-
peting 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 national
rugby competition against civilian
ASRU will now concentrate
on the PACMIL cup to be held in
Canberra in October.
The USCS, meanwhile, are look-
ing to return to Australia next year
for a rematch.
TOP FEEDER: (Above) PTE
Luke Tabutoa (left) feeds the ball
into a scrum.
FLYING HIGH: (Right) LS Jason
Harrington (lifted) takes the ball
in the line-out.
Photos: LSIS Paul McCallum
line-outs by the USCS guys, some
of who were over six-foot-eight."
Other standout players includ-
ed AB Tait O'Sullivan, SMN Ben
Turuva and LS Jason Harrington.
Poor discipline hounded the
ASRU side in the second match at
Duntroon in Canberra and the visi-
tors took an early lead, courtesy of a
ASRU settled to regain the lead
with a try and conversion, but again
lost their discipline when some deci-
sions 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 condi-
tioning was really tested at the end
of the second game."
HAND HOLD: CPL Richard Lucker tries to
bring down a USCS player.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
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