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October 13, 2011
Gala Game Day 1, Viking
Park, Canberra, October 1:
Tonga Defence Services 59 b
Peoples Liberation Army 12,
Royal Navy 73 b Australian
Federal Police 0, Royal Air
Force 73 b Papua New Guinea
Defence Force 0, British Army
33 b Samoa Police 10.
Gala Game Day 2, T.G. Mill-
ner Field, Eastwood, October
5: New Zealand Defence Force
b Royal Air Force 58-0, Aus-
tralian Services Rugby Union b
Tonga Defence Service 21-17,
Canberra b Royal Navy 83-0,
British Army b French Armed
playing in green
and gold, stand
as one as the
the Spi Tau,
game; right, the
toughness of the
lost on FLTLT
Photos: AB Lee-
Surprise packet unearthed
A CANBERRA team hurriedly put
together to take the place of a late
withdrawer needed just one victory to
advance to the International Defence
Rugby Competition (IDRC) quarter
finals on October 13.
The Canberra team, formed from
ACT A-grade players to replace the
South African Defence Force team
in Pool B, thumped the Royal Navy
83-0 on Gala Game Day 2 at the TG
Millner Field at Eastwood in Sydney
on October 5.
On Gala Game Day 1 at Viking
Park in Canberra on October 1,
Royal Navy had thrashed AFP 73-0,
so a mismatch on Gala Games Day
But rather than risk possible inju-
ries, the IDRC Committee decid-
ed not to allow the game between
the AFP and Canberra on October
9 because the Canberra team were
clearly too fast and experienced to
play the developing AFP team.
Canberra is due to play the win-
ner of Pool D, the British Army, in
the quarter final at TG Millner Field
on October 13.
British Army won both of its pool
LCPL Mark Doran
THIS time was different. Despite des-
peration by the Tonga Defence Forces
in the dying minutes, the Australian Ser-
vices Rugby Union (ASRU) held firm
to win its opening game of the Interna-
tional Defence Rugby Competition by
The Australians won the Pool A
game 21-17 on the second game day
at the TG Millner Field in Sydney on
The last time the two teams had
met was October last year when
ASRU lost by one point in the Pacific
Nations Military Cup in Canberra. The
Australians had fought back from 25
points down then but fell just short.
This time, it was Tonga's turn to
come home with a wet sail.
FLTLT Andre Holmes, one of the
cornerstones of the ASRU team, said
his teammates knew the Tongans were
going to be physical all day.
"They really came at us in the end
stages and it was our structure which
got us through," he said.
"We went in with a solid game plan,
but a lot of that went out the window
as it is hard to play a structured game
against the Tongans.
"We relied heavily on our forward
play, broke the line and let our backs do
the rest of it."
WHERE TO NOW
Quarter-finals -- T.G.
October 13: noon,
3rd place Pool A v 3rd
place Pool C; 2pm, 3rd
place Pool B v 3rd place
Quarter-final -- Victoria
Barracks, Sydney: 4pm,
winner Pool A v runner-
up Pool C.
Pool Plate semi-finals,
Sydney: noon, 3rd place
Pool A v 3rd place Pool
C; 2pm, 3rd place Pool
B v 3rd place Pool D.
Pool Plate finals --
Viking Park, Canberra
October 16: 1pm,
semi-final 1 v runner-up
semi final 2; 3pm, win-
ner semi-final 1 v winner
Semi-finals -- North
Shore RFC, Auckland,
October 18: 1pm, win-
ner quarter-final 1 v win-
ner quarter-final 2; 3pm,
winner quarter-final 3 v
winner quarter-final 4.
Finals -- Auckland
October 22: 1pm,
semi-final 1 v runner up
semi-final 2; 3pm, win-
ner semi-final 1 v winner
ASRU's second pool game was
scheduled to be played in Canberra on
October 9 (after this newspaper went to
press) against the People's Liberation
Army from China.
ASRU coach CAPT DJ Cahill was
happy with the match result but thought
his team could have played better.
"Our decision-making could have
been much better," CAPT Cahill said.
"It is an emotional game playing
against the Tongans because of the
physicality of the players and their
ability and desire to purely play off
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