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September 29, 2011
AUSTRALIAN coach CAPT
Damien Cahill doesn't mince his
words when he speaks about the
It's not just the team's pre-match
war dance -- which is considered the
most aggressive of the Pacific Island
dances -- but the skills and power of
its players in the midst of battle.
"They are physically superb
specimens for the game. They're
all big, powerful and fast," CAPT
Rugby fever has hit Tonga,
with support overflowing for the
nation's national rugby team in the
Rugby World Cup and the Tonga
Defence Services (TDS) side in
the International Defence Rugby
TDS played a test match on
August 20 against the kingdom's
national team and gained useful
techniques for scrums, line-outs
and defence in its preparation for
its opening IDRC match against the
Chinese People's Liberation Army
(PLA) on October 1.
TDS will play the Australian
Rugby Services Union (ASRU) team
on October 5.
TDS and ASRU last played dur-
ing the Pacific Nations Military
Tournament in 2010, in which the
Tongans won the final pool match
35-34 and later finished runner-up
to New Zealand.
CAPT Cahill said the 2010 clash
was a highly physical match.
"We started slowly and poorly,
and the Tongans capitalised on our
couple of mistakes and shot out to a
commanding lead," he said.
Despite having only about 500
members in its defence service, the
Tongans' natural ability and their
ferocity make them formidable
-- LCPL Mark Doran
Tonga serves up ultimate test
Navy six make final cut
READY TO FIRE: ASRU players (left) position themselves for a scrum against Tasmania and, inset, Navy's
AB Adam Powell is wrapped up in a tackle.
Photos: LAC Bill Solomou
LSPT Alex Minney, of HMAS
Sydney, was first home for Navy
in the marathon at the Sydney
Running Festival on September 18.
LSPT Minney finished in a time of
3:08.46. Also, CMDR Dave Graham
finished in a time of 3:28.23. Twenty
personnel and APS staff represented
the Navy Running Association (NRA)
in the marathon, half-marathon
and 9km bridge event. As a team,
the NRA placed 18th in the half-
marathon and 9km events. Stand-out
Navy performers in the half-marathon
included LEUT Jasmine Lauer-Smith
(1:54.16) and LCDR Joanne Haynes
(2:00.42). In the 9km event, LEUT
Jeff Rayner was first for the NRA. He
recorded 0:39.32, and was followed
by LSATA Des Doyle with 0:41.24.
LEUT Rayner said participation in
the running festival was an ideal
warm-up for two upcoming Navy
competitions -- the Bonshaw Cup at
HMAS Harman on October 28 and
the HMAS Penguin 5km gate-to-gate
race in November.
By LCPL Mark Doran
SIX Navy players have won final
selection into the 30-man Australian
Services Rugby Union (ASRU)
Warriors team, which was named
after trial matches in preparation
for the International Defence Rugby
Lining up for ASRU will be PO
Jason Harrington, SMN Aaron
Louden, AB Tait O'Sullivan, AB
Adam Powell, AB Dan Robertson and
LS James Smith.
PO Damien Tanaka missed the final
cut, having been previously named in a
squad of 35.
In a surprise move on the eve of
the competition, ASRU recalled a for-
mer player and captain into the team
despite him being a trainer for the
CPL Ricky Dumigan was named as
one of 18 Army representatives.
Coach CAPT Damien Cahill said
CPL Dumigan, a development officer
with the ACT Brumbies, would help
fill an "awkward space" in the line-up.
"He is our strength and condition-
ing trainer, but he is still one of the
best half-backs in Defence," he said.
CAPT Cahill said the team was
now almost ready, having played the
highest standard of opposition that
ASRU had played for many years in
the trial matches.
ASRU played three games -- one
against a Tasmanian state team and
two against a Victorian state team
which was made up predominantly
of Rebel Rising players -- from
"Physically and in set-pieces, we
are getting there. Our defensive sys-
tems are starting to work well, but we
still have a bit to go in terms of our
attack," CAPT Cahill said.
"We can only control what we can
control. We can't control the on-field
management; we can only do our best
to ensure we are in situations where it
doesn't impact upon us."
ASRU beat Tasmania 17-9 but
lost 34-14 to Victoria in a hard-hitting
encounter in Wagga Wagga.
CAPT Cahill said ASRU's execu-
tion let the team down in the game
The Victorian team was well-
drilled and consisted mostly of power-
ful Polynesian players, he said.
"This was exactly what the team
needed to face as a prelude to chal-
lenging Tonga on October 5 at the
IDRC," CAPT Cahill said.
"We learnt we have to lift our
intensity at the breakdown in order to
win the contact contest.
"It was a tight match and the back
row was outstanding, but we need to
work on gaining greater penetration in
our attack and developing the ability to
change our point of attack."
ASRU improved greatly in the
rematch with the Victorian team, los-
ASRU's final trial hit-out was
scheduled for September 25 against
the Australian Barbarians at Victoria
See the centrespread for the team line up.
Minney leads marathon charge
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