Army Wins Chancellor’s Cup

Annual Chancellor’s Cup Rugby showdown between JCU and Army was held on October 19, giving both teams a chance to avenge their 2011 losses.

By Steven Ross

The competition kicked off with the women’s game, and the JCU team finally had their chance to improve on last year’s loss to Army.

An early converted try to Army’s Amanda Di Mauro made it 7-0, and the game looked to follow the script of last year’s 20-0 punishment.

But the tempo slowed and neither team scored any more points in the first half.

The game was riddled with very physical play and tension continued to rise on the other side of the break, with JCU Captain Katy Craig receiving a cheap shot to the ribs.

“What can I say, it’s rugby. Things get heated, other teams become undisciplined. It was a sly hit behind play, little sad to see but not unexpected,” she said.

JCU crossed the white line minutes later, but it was the boot that let them down, missing the conversion.

The final score had Army on top with 7-5.

Men’s Competition

The Army were looking to avenge their 71-0 loss to JCU last year, and fielded a much stronger, fitter and faster team this time around.

It was end-to-end football for the first 10 minutes, with Army crashing over the line first, 10 metres to the right of the sticks. After the flags went up, it was 7-0 to the soldiers.

The Army scored again over in the left corner 10 minutes later. The kick was unsuccessful but they were still ahead.

Five minutes before the half, Army were on the attack again, using their sheer bulk to slowly roll a beeline to the goal.

They were rewarded with a penalty after several more attempts at the line. They chose to kick, and the Army looked to take a 15-0 lead to the break.

TOUGH GAME: All players have their eye on the prize after last year’s disappointment

With under a minute left in the half, JCU winger Chris Wellington found some space on the right touchline and scooted in for a five pointer, much to the despair of the Army pack.

The JCU captain rallied the boys at half time, telling them to pick up their game in the second half.

The second half was a free-flowing contest as the offence tried to make the most of a tiring defence.

Mid-way through the second half, an optimistic JCU scrumhalf Niall Molloy remarked, “I think we’ll win this, I just have that feeling.”

Despite JCU’s confidence, Army broke down the right touchline to score their third try and that proved to be the game breaker.

The conversion was missed, but opportunities kept coming for the visitors and the game ended with a 34-12 victory for Army.