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October 27, 2011
By LCPL Mark Doran
A THIRTEEN-point win against the
Samoa Police (SP) in the semi-final
of the International Defence Rugby
Competition (IDRC) in Auckland
has given the Australian Services
Rugby Union (ASRU) team a shot
at glory in the inaugural IDRC com-
In front of a crowd of nearly 600,
ASRU won 23-10 against the Samoa
Police on October 18 and, at the time
Navy News went to print, ASRU was
scheduled to face the British Army in
the final on October 22.
The British Army booked its place
in the final by beating Tonga Defence
Services 15-10 in the other semi-final.
ASRU coach CAPT Damien Cahill
described the game in wet condi-
tions against SP as a "tremendous"
result, although the team was a bit flat
at the start because of the difficulties
involved in travel and the change in
"What held them together was their
intensity in defence, which took away
the Samoans ability to play the game,"
CAPT Cahill said.
"ASRU's line speed was great -- it
stayed connected and shut down the
dangerous Samoan ball runners and
got them onto the ground, stopped
their offloads and beat them in the set
ASRU realised it had a dominance
in the scrum and placed itself in good
field positions and applied pressure
to the Samoan scrums to lead 10-3 at
Samoa equalled the score at 10-10
early in the second half, but ASRU
fought well to build on its score with
a try with less than five minutes to go.
Standout players from the semi-
final were AB Dan Robertson, PTE
Ben Radmall, CFN Jeremy Nelson and
SCDT Tony Luxford.
ASRU prop AB James Smith said it
was a very physical and scrappy game
against the Samoans and he rated
Tonga a better team.
"Our play was not as well struc-
tured or as good as it could have
been," AB Smith said.
"We just held in there and stuck
with it by staying strong through to the
end of the match. All we had to do was
remain patient and the points came.
"Defence was our priority, so we
attacked in defence."
A huge 51-point win against the
Royal Air Force (RAF) in the quarter-
final at Victoria Barracks in Sydney on
October 13 saw ASRU coast into the
The opening 20 minutes had both
teams looking evenly matched, but
CAPT Cahill said his team's nerves
and the extra passion shown by the
British team meant that the game took
a while to settle into a pattern.
"They were big fellas and they
really got stuck into it physically at the
start," CAPT Cahill said.
"While we had opportunities early
in the game we failed to finish them
off until we found our rhythm and
started to execute the play better."
ASRU captain PO Jason
Harrington, of HMAS Tobruk, said the
team had not thought it could win that
easily against the RAF.
"It was only 13-0 at half time,
which meant the game was in the bal-
ance and could have gone in any direc-
tion," he said.
Beating China's People's
Liberation Army on October 9 in the
final pool game 66-5 was ASRU's
ticket into the finals.
CAPT Cahill was pleased with the
overall effort in that match, except for
a short period when poor defensive
work allowed a Chinese try. "It can
be difficult with the weight of expec-
tations when you play teams from
nations without rugby playing strength
to expect them to rack up big scores."
For all results, including the final, visit
Glory in reach for ASRU
MAKING THE PLAY: AB Dan Robertson provides plenty of run for the ASRU Warriors during their comfortable 56-5 victory over the Royal Air
Force in the quarter-final at Victoria Barracks in Sydney.
Photos: ABIS Lee-Anne Mack
October 18 semi-finals:
ASRU 23 d Samoa Police 10;
British Army 15 d Tonga Defence
October 13 quarter-finals:
ASRU 56 d Royal Air Force 5;
Tonga Defence Services 27 d
New Zealand Defence Force 26;
Samoa Police 54 d Royal Navy
3; British Army 9 v Canberra 14
(Game abandoned after injury
to BA prop. Match result had no
impact as BA had already quali-
fied for the semi-final stage as it
was the military team).
NO STOPPING ME: AB Tait O'Sullivan charges
through a wall of Royal Air Force players.
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS:
(Above) AB Dan Robertson flies
during a line-out in the ASRU
Warriors' quarter-final demolition of
the Royal Air Force.
ALL EARS: (Left) PO Jason
Harrington listens to the coach's
instructions before taking to the
field against the Royal Air Force in
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