Dominant navy book final place

Darren Bamford ran in five tries from full-back Picture: Alligin Photography / � G Ashton
Darren Bamford ran in five tries from full-back Picture: Alligin Photography / � G Ashton
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The Royal Navy booked their place in the plate final of the International Defence Rugby Cup with a 116-0 victory over Canada yesterday.

The navy’s rugby know-how, pace and up-front technical ability proved too much for the Canadian Armed Forces to deal with at Burnaby Road.

But the visitors still deserve credit after leaving nothing on the field.

Their work-rate in almost continuous defence was endearing – as was their desire to take the game back to the navy on those rare occasions they secured the ball.

The navy, however, showed no mercy, particularly when hooker Harry Collins raced the length of the field late on to complete the scoring.

That was a feature of the game, with the home side time and time again creating space through strong running and passing before contact.

Johnny Stephen and then Cory Moore enjoyed a surfeit of front-foot possession and it is rare that the fly-halves, Richard Cadywould and then Nathan Huntley, will have enjoyed such time on the ball to weigh up their options.

For Canada, they simply could not contain the variety of attacks coming their way.

Sucked in to withstand the strong running forwards led by skipper Dave Fairbrother and ably backed up by Jarred Hayler, they conceded scores out wide to Darren Bamford, who scored five.

When they cut down the width to the backs, it opened up holes for the forwards to drive through.

With 13 tries between the three of them, they grabbed the headlines.

But this was a true team performance.

For Canada there was disappointment and concern.

Disappointment that they didn’t cross the line at the end to get a try.

And concern for popular lock forward, Justin Gibbs, who was stretchered off just before half-time.