AEI gained a well-earned victory against younger opposition in this local league derby.
With a new look away strip and a full squad to choose from, the AEI were able to utilise their heavier and stronger pack to out-muscle the home team and, in conjunction with their stout defence out wide, gain a measure of revenge for the earlier loss in the season.
The first half was a tightly contested affair with only a solitary try from Joe Bott separating the two teams. At the change of ends an injection of youth in AEI’s side created parity in the loose and enabled AEI’s pack to assert their dominance over a lighter Andrews eight. A driving maul, finished by Sam Udall and a penalty try from a 5 metre scrum provided just reward for the forwards’ effort.
A Gareth Bott try in the corner added to the points tally in the second half, and with the exception of a consolation try from the Andrews, the AEI were able to keep the pressure on the home team and give them no respite from the attentions of the AEI pack, with man of the match flanker Sam Downs proving a menace at breakdown and lineout.
It was fitting therefore that the final score of the match came from another driving maul with substitute Dan Curtis rounding off a fine second half performance to show that AEI’s loss is the Air Force’s gain.
The AEI now take a break from the rigours of rugby to enjoy a weekend of rest and recuperation down South before hopefully finishing an otherwise disappointing season of missed fixtures with some victories.