Rugby Union

Army Thrash Sweden In First-Ever Meeting Between Sides

The Army won 40-3 in Aldershot.

The Army women's team have comfortably beaten Sweden in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

In Aldershot, the hosts bounced back from a defeat against England with a 40-3 victory.

They are ramping up their preparations for the Inter Services Championships which starts in April against the RAF in Gloucester.

It took just 15 minutes for the forces side to take the lead. Jade Mullen scooted in for an unconverted try.

Gemma Rowland grabbed try number two and this time the conversion was successful to put the Army 12-0 up.

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The Army put in a team performance under a month away of their Inter Services opener.

Many of the Sweden players feature for top UK clubs, such as captain Tove Viksten, but were swept aside against the Army.

Lou Dodd's quick thinking surprised the Sweden defence and she ran over the line after a tap and go from a penalty.

Dodd doubled her account minutes after half-time. She ghosted past her marker for another converted try which had the Army in full control.

Sweden did manage to get on the scoresheet thanks to an Emma Skagerlind penalty, but the Army pressure continued.

Beth Tainton and Ellie Gattlin took the Army’s try tally to six to seal a convincing win.