Rookies rolled by combined team

By Michael Brooke

Bone-rattling tackles and slick tries were the feature of Army’s heart-breaking loss to a combined Navy/Air Force team in the ASRU carnival in Sydney.

The Army women went down fighting 13-5 to the combined team at Victoria Barracks on May 19.

Despite fielding a team of rookies and having one player red-carded, the Army girls came within a whisker of snatching victory.

Army fullback Pte Emma-Lee Wood scored a sensational solo try in the second half to trigger her team’s fight back from 10-0.

Although the kicker missed the conversion, Army rallied to the challenge and came close to scoring three more tries. Only Navy’s desperate goal-line defence denied Army the tries they needed to avenge last year’s loss. “We are a team of rookies who dug deep in search of victory because we wanted to restore Army pride,” Pte Wood said.

Army also battled a spate of scrum infringement penalties late in the secondhalf, which halted their momentum and gave Navy/Air Force the respite they needed to hold on. “We are shattered by the loss but will rebuild in preparation for next year’s ASRC,” Pte Wood said.

Army had 13 players selected in the ASRU women’s team that lost 14-0 to the touring British Army women’s side at Victoria Barracks on May 24. 

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