Army Breeze Past Oxford During Inter Services Preparation

The military side ran out comfortable winners over Oxford University.

The Army team will be hoping to take the Inter Services title from current holders, the RAF (Picture: Alligin Photography).

The Army’s Inter Services preparations are picking up steam after a 22-10 victory over Oxford University in Aldershot.

The team battled through the blistering cold to blow the university side away with four tries, despite gifting Oxford an early lead.

The win keeps the Army players on a roll as they head into more preparation games against Cambridge University and the French Army next month.

The men in red will be hoping their defensive work will be better in time for the Championships as the away side’s opening try was a gift from the defenders. A misplaced clearance kick fell perfectly for the Oxford attackers and Tom Stileman barged over for an unconverted score.

The Army were not behind for long though. It was a determined attack that forced Oxford back and Miteli Vulikijapani slammed the ball down for an unconverted try.

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The Army start their Inter Services season against the RAF (Picture: Alligin Photography).

Two minutes later, the Army doubled their score. Frank Boginisoko made a powerful run from deep but was stopped by a good Oxford tackle.

Despite that, the home team worked the ball across to the other side of the pitch and it was Bainivalumailedanoni who went over for the try.

At half-time, the Army had a 10-5 lead and they furthered their advantage in the second half. It was Jo Visei who scored the converted try, despite Oxford appeals for a knock-on after a few fumbles.

The game turned into a battle with both sides putting in heavy tackles, but the Army finished the game off with their fourth try. Ross Parkins wrestled his way over the line for an unconverted try and the home side did not look back.

Oxford did a consolation as Seb Haddock skated in at the corner, but the Army ran out 22-10 winners.

After the game, Army captain Jamie Miller discussed how the competition for places is fierce within the squad.

Army captain Jamie Miller said: "The amount we have managed to bond over two days is pretty impressive. Give us a few months and I think we will be a side to be reckoned with.

"There’s always huge competition to play for this Army shirt."

"That’s a great thing about the set-up we have here. There are no sure things. Everyone has to work and play for the shirt. That’s no different this year.”

For Miller, it was a great performance against Oxford and a result the team can be proud of.

"Hugely pleased with the performance if I’m honest. It’s the first game of the campaign. We’ve not been together very long, literally two days, so I thought we showed a huge amount of potential.

"The work rate is there and the effort is there so the rest of it will come in time."