Rugby Union

Army Beat French Counterparts In Annual Fixture

The game ended in a 30-11 victory for the home side in Aldershot.

The Army's season kicked off with a victory over Oxford last month. 

The annual clash between the British Army and their French counterparts ended in a 30-11 victory for the home side in Aldershot.

The fixture is used as preparation for the Army ahead of the Inter Services Championships in April.

Army captain Jamie Miller claimed the first points of the game came.

He muscled in after a great Army scrum that had the French reeling in their defensive area and crossed the line for an unconverted try.

Minutes later, the French levelled the scores and their try came from a more creative source.

A kick from Thomas Pigue released Lucas Rebinguet into space and the attacker went over for an unconverted try.

Just before half-time, the Army hit back to retake the lead.

The move started from the half-way line and the strong Army attackers left French players in their wake before working the ball to their wingers.

Army 30-11 French Army 09022019 Credit BFBS.jpg
The Army will be hoping to retain their Inter Services title this year. (Picture: Alligin Photography.)

The Army led 10-5 at half-time, but it was the French team who scored the first points of the second period.

The home side gave away a penalty in a dangerous position and Nicolas Blazy took no prisoners with a good kick to bring the away team back into the game.

Both teams scored penalties to bring the score to 16-11 but a substitute cameo from Frank Boginisoko put the result in the Army’s favour.

He scored a converted try and minutes later burst clear again before popping the ball across to Isoa Matacagi for the final try of the game.

The win puts the Army into a good position ahead of the Inter Services, with further warm-up games against the British Police and Bedford to come.