MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.– The British Royal Marines put on an exhilarating performance en route to a 42-10 victory against the All Marine rugby team at Barnett Field on Saturday.
|Photos by Lance CPl Emmanual Ramos|
Playing as part of a multi-sport challenge between the British and US marine corps, the two teams enjoyed an entertaining game where the Americans competed well despite being heavy underdogs.
“I’d seen them go against other teams, and in practice,” said John Jacobs, the coach for the All Marine Team. “After seeing them play I have to admit I was a little nervous. Nevertheless, we were determined to match their play and hit them hard.”
On the sidelines to cheer for each of the teams was Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Commandant of the British Royal Marines Maj. Gen. Buster Howes.
The British Marines got on the scoreboard quickly and kept the pressure on throughout. A shutout, however, was thwarted when the All Marine team got over the tryline with seconds left in the first half.
The Americans put on an aggressive effort in the second half, but the British were far more refined in their play.
“I was very happy with the effort my guys put out,” Jacobs said. “We didn’t give up anything.”
“It was outstanding. It was one of the better games we’ve played,” said Royal Marines head coach Taff Williams. “Their fitness is spot on. They hit hard; they hit very hard.”
After the match, Amos presented each of the British players with their gold medals and presented the winning trophy to Joshua Theophanides, the team captain.
With both teams gathered around, Amos had a few words for them.
“We have had a long history with each other,” Amos said. “And I have never seen us more united than how we are today.”