News: Royal Marines kings of the pitch
Story by Lance Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. – The British Royal Marines put on an exhilarating performance on the road to a 42-10 victory against the All Marine rugby team at Barnett Field on Saturday.
On an overcast day, the All Marine team took the field eager to defeat the odds, as the British were favored to win the contest.
“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 Brits got on the score board quickly as they scored early and often, and just when it seemed like the Brits would shut out the All Marine team in the first half, they managed to get on the board with mere seconds left.
The second half showed a more aggressive All Marine team but, was no match for the Brits’ refined game.
The All Marine team would score only once more before the game was over.
“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.”