RAF Waddington Hornets 46 – 25 RAF Honington Centurions
The Envitia-supported rugby team, RAF Waddington Hornets, won its first silverware in four years at the Warrington Morris Shield Final in May. Wearing their distinctive new kit, which is sponsored by geospatial intelligence experts Envitia, the result also helped the team to second place in the league.
Taking place at RAF Halton, against the RAF Honington Centurions, this was always going to be a physical encounter between two sides who have met twice in this final over the last four years. The game didn’t fail to live up to expectations, with two confident teams hungry for the victory. The Hornets were bolstered with the return of several players from overseas commitments, while the Centurions also brought a big powerful team.
From the kick-off, the Centurions immediately had the upper hand, going 5 points up within minutes. However, a stirring word from Captain Cpl Anton Bainbridge helped the Hornets to regroup, meaning they soon answered the Honington try with a 5-point score under the posts, which was then converted. The Hornets’ forward pack began to reassert its dominance, leading to issues with discipline in the under-pressure Honington team, with several high tackles and infringements occurring.
The Hornets suffered no such issues, and went on to score another try and were awarded several penalties. When the Centurions’ Blindside Flanker was sin-binned for persistent offences, their aggressive posture diminished somewhat, the Hornets were able to capitalise on the man down in the scrum, bringing the half-time scoreline up to 22-8.
Waddington went into the second half with a fresh approach and immediately set about reasserting their dominance with a well worked try under the posts, which was then converted. However, Honington began to work their way back into the game, scoring two well worked tries. From there on the second half was much more evenly matched than the first, with both sides scoring tries and conversions. However, with minutes to go, the Hornets sealed their victory with a fine try from scrum half Cpl Adam Self. Although the Hornets had dominated in more areas of the game, the physicality from both sides had led many to believe the result to be a lot closer than the final score of 46-25.
Afterwards, the RAF Waddington Hornets Captain Cpl Bainbridge said he was extremely proud of the team:
“Everyone put their body on the line during this game and nobody came off that pitch without putting in 100%. Each and every one of us has deserved to be part of this and it has been by far the best game of rugby we’ve played all season.”
Mark Richardson, Business Development Manager of Envitia has commented:
“Envitia would like to congratulate the RAF Waddington Rugby Team for their outstanding achievement in the league this year. We are very proud to sponsor the Team and wish them all the success for the upcoming league season.”
Flt Lt Williams, the Officer in Command, also said he was highly impressed with the effort that both sides put into the game:
“Honington didn’t deserve the losing margin, but the score line highlighted just how good the Hornets can be on the day. To win the Warrington Morris Shield after such a tough season with many players deploying on overseas operations and exercises throughout the year is an extremely proud moment.
“I would also like to express my thanks to Envitia, our sponsors who have helped with many aspects of club life, from providing a new kit to helping to improve our sports bar. This support is invaluable as part of facilitating the bonding of a strong team of players and support staff that helps make days like this happen.”
The team’s focus now turns to the Rugby League season and the defence of the RAFRL Claytons Cup title won last August. With the team spirit that has been built up over the past year, and the backing of geospatial intelligence experts Envitia, it looks as though they are in an excellent position for this.