Rugby Union

Army Women Lay Down The Law Against British Police

Major Gemma Stonebridge-Smith's team ran out 22-6 winners in Aldershot.

The Army women’s rugby union team have continued their Inter Services preparation with a win against the British Police.

Major Gemma Stonebridge-Smith’s team ran out comfortable 22-6 winners in Aldershot.

The victory means the Army end their calendar year with a win.

Abby Eatock played a big part in the Army’s rugby league team winning the Challenge Shield earlier this year, and she started her union career well by scoring the opening try against the police side.

Jess McAuley hit the post with the attempted conversion and the Police pulled some points back soon after.

Scotland sevens player Lisa Ritchie scored a penalty, but the Army were the better team in the first half.

Abby Eatock was a shining star for Army Rugby League in 2019 and managed to make a good start to her Union career. (Picture: Alligin Photography)

Eatock scored her second try and the successful conversion meant the Army had a nine-point lead.

Beth Dainton added another try and at half-time, they looked comfortable at 17-3.

The second half proved to be a much more disjointed performance from the Army.

Richie pulled more points back for the Police with a penalty, but Angela Carr came off the bench to wrap up the Army win with a try.

The team can now look forward to international opposition such as Sweden and Germany in 2020 but they won’t be facing an annual fixture against England U20’s.

That’s a disappointment to Army captain Sergeant Jade Mullen.

She said: "It’s one of our favourite ones and all the girls are really gutted to not be playing England under 20s.

"[Germany and Sweden] are two games that will challenge us and make us progress.

"We will learn from our errors to go forward into the Inter Services camp."