Rugby Union

Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Win In Rare Fixture With West Point

The British side were facing American opposition for the first time in a decade.

The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst team have beaten the American Forces side West Point at Sandhurst.

A fixture between a British military side and an American Forces team does not happen often, but it was the Sandhurst players who celebrated a 40-14 full-time scoreline.

The home side were licking their wounds after an Army Cup exit at the semi-final stage but bounced back nicely with a commanding performance against the Americans.

The West Point team are known as the Black Knights, but it was they who were put to the sword when Sandhurst took the lead through Max Brewer’s unconverted try.

Minutes later, the British team’s lead was extended. Alex Marsh darted over for a converted try and Sandhurst were in a 12-0 lead at half-time.

Their third try of the game was scrappy, but it was Alex Maclaurin’s converted effort that meant West Point were 19 points behind.

It all came from a rolling maul off of a line-out, but Sandhurst were in a ruthless mood against the Americans.

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West Point's tour of Britain continues against the students of Swansea University.

That was proven even further as a West Point pass was picked off by Rob Harnby and the Sandhurst player ran the length of the half to score a converted try.

West Point did manage to get on the scoresheet though. A combination of Tony Smith and Nathan Brooks used their size advantage to force Sandhurst back and the try meant the home side’s clean sheet was destroyed.

Despite the setback, Sandhurst kept coming and furthered their lead in the final 20 minutes. Harnby was set for his second try when he was hauled down short of the line, but it was an illegal tackle which gave the home side a penalty.

Rob Smith’s clever kick was perfect for Maclaurin to go over making the score 33-7.

Both sides added to their scores soon after through Max Sackett and Marsh, but it was the British team who were comfortable winners on the day.