Rugby Union

Army Defeat 'Flattered' Young England Stars

The military side were beaten by an England under 20s side in Aldershot.

The Army were comfortably beaten by the England women's under 20s side in Aldershot, losing 33-5.

It took England just six minutes to open the scoring. Shauna Bennett strode forward against next to no Army resistance and went over for a converted try.

The pressure on the Army defence continued throughout the first half and so did the England scoring. Amelia Harper used a burst of speed to get away from the red shirts and tumbled down for another converted try.

Cara Clarke was the next woman to get on the scoresheet. She picked up the ball forty yards out and whizzed through the Army defence to slam down under the posts.

Once again, the try was converted and the Army had a mountain to climb with a 21-point deficit.

There was still time in the first half for England to extend their lead. It was a second try from Bennett that did the damage, but the ease in which she was allowed through the Army defence will have worried head coach, Major Gemma Stonebridge-Smith.

The Army were better in the second half, but a compact England defence meant scoring chances were few and far between.

It took a fantastic interception from Mimnaugh to get the Army on the scoresheet. She latched onto a loose pass and drove through to the line to the cheers of the home fans in Aldershot.

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For the Army head coach Major Gemma Stonebridge-Smith, it was a tough afternoon.

It was England that had the final say though. It was a great run from Clarke that took her past a handful of Army defenders for another converted try.

While the result was disappointing for the Army, their head coach believed that there were positives to be taken from the game.

She said: “It’s always disappointing to lose but for us, it was about the performance.”

“I think the scoreboard is very flattering to England.”

“They put in a really good game but our girls showed what they can do and when we put our new systems together, it was positive.”