“ARMY 10 NEW ZEALAND COMBINED SERVICES AND POLICE
The New Zealand Combined Services and Police took a step nearer towards realising their ambition of winning all their matches on tour when they overwhelmed a below strength Army side at Aldershot. A final hurdle in the shape of their British counterparts awaits them at Imber Court on Tuesday.
Although the Army gained parity in the serums and edged the lineouts they made little progress against the New Zealanders’ hard tackling, well organised defence. Conversely, when the visitors got their hands on the ball they demonstrated a seemingly infinite capacity for retaining possession by rucking and mauling expertly. They also ran aggressively and used long, accurate passes to create overlaps. All this was done at speed and proved too much for an embattled Army side.
Carl McDuff, their young flanker, had an outstanding game and headed their scorers with three tries. Others were added by Richard Kapa, Kelly Hansen, Steve Hansen, Murray Henderson and John Mawhinney. Allan Henderson contributed four conversions and two penalty goals.
In the 70th minute the Army hooker, Chris Wood, intercepted a wayward pass to become the first player to score a try against the visitors. Ironically, had he not done so the New Zealanders would probably have scored at the other end. Gareth Thomas’s conversion supplemented an earlier penalty goal.
Army: R Hinton; S Bartliff, K Bowling, A Deans, J Fenn; G Thomas, D Williams; D Coghlan, C Wood, C Campbell; D Dahinton, T Swan; S Butt (Captain) (Rep. C James ), S Berryman, M Lewis.
Try: C Wood Conversion: G Thomas Penalty goal: C Thomas
NZ CS & Pol: R Statham; R Kapa, S Hansen (Captain), K Hansen (Rep. S Guiney), W Matene; A Henderson, S Morgan, K Pauling, C Simpkins, R Rangi; J Cook, H Darry; C McDuff, M Henderson, J Mawhinney.
Tries: K Hansen, S Hansen, M Henderson, R Kapa, J Mawhinney, C McDuff (3) Conversions: A Henderson (4) Penalty goals: A Henderson (2)
Referee: Lt G Jones (Royal Navy).”