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RUGBY: Bourne play memorial match in Cyprus

By John Lavery

At the end of their regular season, Bourne Rugby Club enjoyed a change of scenery over the Bank Holiday weekend.

They travelled to Cyprus for the second year in succession as guests of the Dhekelia Barracks, courtesy of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment (the Poachers). The club were there to play the annual fixture between Bourne and the Poachers in memory of Private Joseva Lewaicei and Private Adam Morris, who were killed while deployed in Iraq in 2006.

The game was preceded by a memorial service observed by both squads.

Bourne Rugby Club in Cyprus (10290226)
Bourne Rugby Club in Cyprus (10290226)

Bourne struck early on, with winger Matt Holden crossing inside five minutes to give them the lead. Centre Luke Govier added the conversion to put Bourne seven-nil ahead.

Poachers, much better acclimatised to the hot conditions, then added 26 unanswered points over the second and third quarters.

But Bourne were far from done and they launched a serious comeback, with man-of-the-match Josh Lynch crossing the line after some neat work by the backs.

Jake Appleby added another after a strong period of Bourne dominance, with Govier converting the latter.

After some strong Bourne pressure, Maudsley dropped over the line to put his side within two points but Govier couldn’t make a difficult conversion and the score remained 26-24 to Poachers at the final whistle.


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