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Victory for NZ in the International Defence Rugby Comp

Press Release – New Zealand Defence Force

The NZ Defence Force rugby team kick started their challenge for the IDRC championship in commanding style and sent out a clear message to other teams in the competition that they aim to go all the way The comprehensive victory over the Royal Air Force …6 October 2011

Comprehensive Victory For The NZ Defence Force Over The Royal Air Force In Game One Of The International Defence Rugby Competition (Idrc) 2011.

The NZ Defence Force rugby team kick started their challenge for the IDRC championship in commanding style and sent out a clear message to other teams in the competition that they aim to go all the way The comprehensive victory over the Royal Air Force by 58 – 0 in Sydney yesterday bode well for the team’s first goal of winning their pool with the RAF and Papua New Guinea.

Major Ross James, the NZDF team Manager said “The game was played in good spirit with the team playing with confidence and displaying high skill levels. The forwards laid a stable platform at set piece and the outside backs showed some good speed”.

The team built up to the tournament with a warm up game against the Randwick RFC who welcomed the team to Australia. It was a big occasion with the NZDF team running out final victors in a hard fought 18 – 10 game on the 28th September.

The IDRC kicked off proper on 1 October with the first round games being played as follows;

• Royal Navy 73 – Australia Federal Police 0
• Tongan Defence Services 59 – Peoples Liberation Army China 12
• Royal Air Force 73 – Papua New Guinea 0
• British Army 33 – Samoa Police 10

NZDF Coach Pita Lloyd was happy enough with their first pool game performance. “Its great to finally get our campaign underway and pleasing we have started with a good win. We played with some flare at times but there are aspects of our game that need work if we want to progress into the quarter finals and beyond. Our focus now turns to Papua New Guinea. They may have lost to the RAF but we have a healthy respect for them and won’t take them lightly. For us it is still one game at a time” he said.

The team’s next game is against PNG on the 9th October.

For NZDF: Tries Aaron James x 3, Vinnie Salmon, Mike Coom, Fran Woodmass, Grant Robson, Paul Davis and Bryce Hesselin. Marcus Speck 4 conversions, 1 penalty, Matty Anker 1 conversion

ENDS

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