Rugby Union

UKAF Rugby Smash Georgia In Feisty IDRC Encounter

Tempers flared as UKAF started their first competitive International Defence Rugby Competition match at Japan's Camp Narashino.

The UK Armed Forces (UKAF) rugby union side have started their International Defence Rugby Competition (IDRC) campaign with a 69-3 win over Georgia in Japan.

UKAF went behind first after conceding an early penalty but Georgia's lead was soon cancelled out with the RAF's Toby Evans scoring a try. 

Three more tries followed, two from Rob Bell and one from Gareth Rees, with the boot of James Dixon stretching the scoreline to 31-3 at half-time. 

UKAF carried on from where they left off in the second half, scoring three tries in six minutes through Brad Janes, Dan Tooth and Connor O'Reilly. 

But the match was marred by a mass brawl following a high tackle on one of UKAF's players.

Scrum-half Morgan Evans suffered a serious injury in the melee and had to recieve on-field treatment which ended his afternoon.

With the match back underway, UKAF continued their dominance.

Salt was rubbed into already sore Georgia wounds thanks to two tries from the Navy's Ben Chambers and a second for Janes, with Dixon successfully kicking eight conversions.

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UKAF scrum-half Morgan Evans was taken to hospital following the brawl between the two sides (Picture: Fujitsu Defence.

UKAF head coach, Staff Sergeant Lee Soper, was happy with his team's performance: "I thought, full contingent, all of the bench came off and played their part," he said.

"Let's not take anything away from the Georgians, they were a very physical side - the score doesn't reflect on them.

"The first 10 minutes, really, we went 3-0 and we didn't have possession for seven minutes because they just came at us and it was a real test of our defence which set the platform for the rest of the game.

"Then, when we did get the ball, the boys were really clinical with it." 

A win for the French forces side over Papa New Guinea in their first-round match means they are on course to meet UKAF in the semi-finals, should they beat hosts Japan.