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November 11, 2010
By SGT Andrew Hetherington
AUSTRALIAN Services Rugby Union
(ASRU) trounced Papua New Guinea
Defence Force (PNGDF) 67-10, to take
third place in the tough Pacific Nations
Military (PacMil Cup) rugby union
The match was held at Vikings Park
in Canberra on October 23 and ASRU
coach, CAPT Damien Cahill (Army),
said it was a difficult contest to go into.
"We should have really been in the
final and the danger for us was to take it
too easy," CAPT Cahill said.
"In the first half we played structured
and skilful footy."
ASRU steamed ahead to take a 43-0
lead at half-time and the final 40 minutes
of play was used by CAPT Cahill and
assistant coach Murray Harley to give
field time to all the players.
"We also moved a couple of players
into different positions they were not
accustomed to and put on another 24
points for the win."
CAPT Cahill said ASRU's success
was due to disciplined play.
"What shouldn't be downplayed is
just how physical the PNG lads were --
most of them are quality rugby league
players and they could put a 'hit' on,"
CAPT Cahill said.
"Additionally, they have some very
strong ball carriers who can get a pass
away in the tackle but, ultimately, they
came unstuck due to their frailty at the
set piece (scrum and lineout).
"Throughout the match we stuck to
our structures, not getting sucked into
playing for third place with ad-lib footy
and compiled points though pressure."
Outstanding players included LS
Jason Harrington, who was also the
ASRU player of the tournament.
Third place was not what ASRU had
hoped for, after matching the Kiwis in
round one, blow for blow, with a 29-29
In their second round match ASRU
faced PNG, defeating them convincingly
"We struggled with some of the ref-
ereeing in the first half, but in the second
we moved on from 17-11 up to play with
great structure and purpose, accumulat-
ing points rapidly," CAPT Cahill said.
Their next match against Tonga was a
different and difficult task.
"They took the wind out of our sails
in the first 20 minutes after four mis-
takes by us and they capitalised on all of
them," CAPT Cahill said.
"It's always difficult to match the
physicality of the Tongans in the first
half of any game.
"They are big, physical individuals
and had just come off their own tourna-
ment in Tonga prior to coming to the
At half-time ASRU looked like
their match was over, down 28-3, but
in the second half ASRU took the fight
to them. The second half of the match
showcased ASRU's best rugby of the
"The Tongans ran out of steam and
slowed the game down and we came
back, unfortunately losing 35-34," CAPT
"[Although we lost] it was a tremen-
dous effort by the fellas."
It was a solid performance by ASRU
considering they'd only been together a
few days before the tournament.
"Overall we played really well. We
drew with the eventual winners of the
tournament and only lost by one point
to the runners up Tonga," CAPT Cahill
"The pleasing aspect was that the
team picked up a certain style of struc-
tured play and were able to play to those
structures," CAPT Cahill said.
"The disappointing aspect was it
often took us a half to get into the game.
"What can't be doubted is the 'never
say die' attitude of the team. It's a weird,
but ultimately true, statement to say the
opposition didn't beat ASRU -- the clock
and other uncontrollables did."
The PacMil Cup final was decided
with New Zealand Defence Force defeat-
ing Tongan Defence Services 15-13.
ASRU is now focused on compet-
ing in the International Defence Rugby
World Cup, to be held in Australia and
New Zealand during September and
ASRU takes third at PacMil Cup
HEAD TO HEAD:
ASRU's AB James
Smith packs the
scrum in the match
against the New
Force team. ASRU
drew with New
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
PLAYING FOR THIRD: The ASRU side squares
off against the PNG team in the play-off for third
and fourth place.
Photo: LSIS Paul McCallum
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