RAF Waddington vs RAF Digby
Score 5 – 3
The Geospatial Intelligence experts, Envitia, are proud sponsors of the RAF Waddington Hornets, winners of the RAF Inter Station’s Cup for 2014. As part of our staunch commitment to Situational Awareness, Envitia will provide regular updates on the Hornets throughout the season. This report, by POAET “Boz” Baxter describes their first successful encounter of the season with RAF Digby.
A highly anticipated match between RAF Waddington and RAF Digby, the first of the season for RAF Waddington, with tensions running high. RAF Digby came to RAF Waddington off the back of 6 straight wins from 6 games played, a fantastic start to their season; the best ever start to a Rugby Union campaign!
PO ‘Boz’ Baxter (Team Manager / Head Coach) and SAC ‘Selfie’ Self (Assistant manager) assembled the team at midday for a team talk. The mood was calm, but confident. The team agreed their strengths and weaknesses and built a game plan that consisted of a simple defensive structure with some offensive flare, capitalising on the expertise shown by senior players last season including Cpl ‘Evo’ Evans, Cpl ‘Jamie’ Gollings and LAET ‘Franky’ Frank.
RAF Waddington kicked-off. Tackles flew in with both teams trying to get the upper hand early-on in the first half. Tempers overflowed at times but senior players from both sides kept emotions in check. Cpl ‘Evo’ Evans (RAF Waddington Captain) led from the front through out the whole game. The ferocity was evident from the touch line and underlined just how much both teams wanted to win a local grudge match.
The first half was entertaining, sloppy at times, but out-and-out great rugby. While RAF Digby appeared the more practised side, RAF Waddington were not going to take it lightly and the first half ended 0 – 0.
The second half started how the first finished, but with more discipline. A chat with both Captains from the referee cleared up a couple of issues, in particular the breakdown area. Player discipline would also be brought into question, where necessary, in the second half.
RAF Waddington were put on the back foot for large periods of the second half but their staunch defence worked and prevented any opportunities to score tries. However, 4 penalties were conceded with only 1 going through the posts. With 10 minutes remaining in the second half tensions were, again running extremely high. Players faces were clearly displaying the effects of the hard work rate. Then, RAF Waddington won a turn-over ball in the ruck and immediately went on the offensive. Together with some clever play from the forwards, in particular, SAC Lovenkamp, LAET Frank and Cpl Gollings, RAF Waddington regained some serious ground and managed to get the ball past the try line and score. The score now, 5 – 3! The game finished on that score, with a hard fought victory going to RAF Waddington Hornets.
A social event after the match was attended by both sides at RAF Waddington’s rugby clubhouse where the true side of rugby was shown; both teams leaving the anger and tension on the pitch and enjoying a few beers together!
Mark Richardson, Account Manager