RLC v RAPTC RLC 69 - 5 RAPTC
Wednesday 30 September 2015 - 00:00 at Aldershot
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RLC v RAPTC

Queens Avenue Aldershot


Following the excellent showing at the Inter Corps Festival of Rugby two weeks earlier, the RLC were on a high and keen to get the season started. Having managed to field teams in both the Merit 1 & 2 competition, the RLC certainly had plenty to select from for this game. With the preparation for this game taking place in Hullavington under the watchful eye of the coaching staff, the team moved to Aldershot for what was always going to be an interesting event.


From the outset there were mutterings of the lack of front row players within the RAPTC, but with the drawing in of a few ‘old heads’, they were able to field a team suitable for contested scrums. As the temperature started to drop and the mist descended, the RAPTC kicked off under the lights of Pitch 1 on Queens Avenue – the kick was dropped to the cheer of those aligning the pitch – not the best start, but the RLC were soon to regain the ball and set about hitting hard into the RAPTC defence. LCpl Matt Lamont picked up the ball at the halfway and set off at pace, leaving many of the ‘muscle busters’ in his wake. He eventually crossed the whitewash in the corner for the first try of the game after only 2 minutes. Capt Rob Mitchell steadied himself and kicked the conversion from the touch line 


RLC 7 RAPTC 0

The RLC caught the restart and again went on the rampage, cutting swathes through the RAPTC defence, LCpl Parkin quickly added the 2nd try and again Mitchell converted.


RLC 14 RAPTC 0

With their tails up, the RLC looked to put the RAPTC to the sword. Three tries in the next 5 minutes from Lt Dan Sainsbury, LCpl Sam Montague & Cpl Joe Baker, two of which were converted, the RLC were in a commanding position with only 20 minutes played.


RLC 33 RAPTC 0

The RLC were passing the ball smoothly between forwards and backs, their supremacy obvious as Cpl Toni Naualmatua ran in two tries, following the clinical execution of some training park moves that left the RAPTC defence cut apart, both tries went unconverted.


RLC 43 RAPTC 0

Lamont, allowed to play by the Army in advance of the IDRC, scored his 2nd try of the game with some strong powerful running and with half time approaching, the RLC forwards drove the RAPTC backwards, giving the ref no choice other than to run under the posts for a penalty try. Mitchell converted this attempt.


Half Time RLC 55 RAPTC 0


With the game certainly over, the RLC rang the changes, swapping the whole of the front row as well as providing a run out for the rest of the bench. Unfortunately for the RAPTC, the 2nd half started exactly were the 1st half had finished – with them on defence and taking incoming from the RLC forwards. Capt Bolger was leading from the front with drive after drive at the defence, there was no sign of a let up as Pte Raikanikoda crossed the line after only 2 minutes into the 2nd half. Mitchell converted.


RLC 62 RAPTC 0

Newly promoted LCpl Shough came close to adding to his promotion, but was held up over the line, despite his efforts to get the ball to the ground, the slightly more mature Cpl Sela showed him how to do it properly, as he bulldozed his way through would be tacklers to crash over the line to score, again Mitchell was successful with the conversion.


RLC 69 RAPTC 0

The RAPTC lost a player, following a tackle, with his ear appearing to be severed from his head! This appeared to spur the RAPTC on and it was they who scored the final try of the game with Sgt Slade-Jones touching down. The RAPTC had battled throughout and had finally run out of players to come on from the bench; the referee blew his whistle to end the game with around 10 minutes left to play.


The RLC had done what they had set out to achieve; a strong unrelenting performance that will send out a message to all in the Merit 2 league to be prepared for a tough strong encounter when they meet.


Final Score: RLC 69 RAPTC 5


RLC Team:

1. Cpl Baker (3 Regt)

2. Cpl Brown (17 Regt)

3. WO1 Hendy (17 Sp Bty)

4. Capt Bolger (17 Regt)

5. LCpl Parkin (11 EOD)

6. Cpl Matavesi (3 Regt)

7. LCpl Lamont (29 Regt)

8. LCpl Vakacegu (TFSU)(G))

9. LCpl Putty (27 Regt)

10. Capt Mitchell (3 Regt)

11. Pte Raikanikoda (17 Regt)

12. Cpl Sela (27 Regt)

13. LCpl Montague (29 Regt)

14. Cpl Naualmatua (17 Regt)

15. Lt Sainsbury (17 Regt)


16. LCpl Shough (17 Regt)

17. Pte Mitchell (17 Regt)

18. Pte Coombs (17 Regt)

19. Pte Nawaqaliva (9 Regt)

20. Lt Nicholls (17 Regt)

21. 2Lt Mayes (17 Regt)

22. LCpl Koroi (6 Regt)

23. WO1 Mitchell (NCHQ)



Final Score: RLC 69 RAPTC 5


RLC Team:

1. Cpl Baker (3 Regt)

2. Cpl Brown (17 Regt)

3. WO1 Hendy (17 Sp Bty)

4. Capt Bolger (17 Regt)

5. LCpl Parkin (11 EOD)

6. Cpl Matavesi (3 Regt)

7. LCpl Lamont (29 Regt)

8. LCpl Vakacegu (TFSU)(G))

9. LCpl Putty (27 Regt)

10. Capt Mitchell (3 Regt)

11. Pte Raikanikoda (17 Regt)

12. Cpl Sela (27 Regt)

13. LCpl Montague (29 Regt)

14. Cpl Naualmatua (17 Regt)

15. Lt Sainsbury (17 Regt)


16. LCpl Shough (17 Regt)

17. Pte Mitchell (17 Regt)

18. Pte Coombs (17 Regt)

19. Pte Nawaqaliva (9 Regt)

20. Lt Nicholls (17 Regt)

21. 2Lt Mayes (17 Regt)

22. LCpl Koroi (6 Regt)

23. WO1 Mitchell (NCHQ)


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