A man of the match performance from Army flanker, Matt Dawson, helped UK Armed Forces ease through to the final of IDRC2019 as they defeated France Armed Forces 39-12 in their semi final. The match was evenly poised at half time with UKAF enjoying a slender 15-12 lead at the break with the UKAF points coming through two tries by the Navy's Craig Duncan and Scott Makepeace with the Army's James Dixon adding one conversion and a penalty. If the first half was tight the second half was marked by a dominant display from the UKAF pack of forwards. An early penalty from Dixon and three second half tries through Gareth Rees (Navy), Stu Philpott (RAF) and Brad Janes (Navy), all converted by Dixon, were enough to secure a comfortable victory as UK Armed Forces secured their place in the final.
Earlier Fiji Defence Forces had dominated their semi final and beaten New Zealand Defence Forces 50-7 to secure their final place. The results mean that UKAF will meet the challenge of Fiji in the final on Monday 23 Sep whilst New Zealand and France will play each other in the Bronze medal play off.
The much anticipated finals day shows a remarkable similarity to four years ago at IDRC2015. Held at the Twickenham Stoop the final saw Fiji defeat the British Army 30-10 after France had beaten New Zealand 24-19. UK Armed Force's contingent will be keen to meet the Fiji challenge and regain the trophy; the Army having won the first IDRC held in Australia in 2011.
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