Air Force was unable to adapt to the conditions in Annapolis and made too many handling errors against a Navy team who was playing hard to reclaim the Shea Cup. Navy was able to easily handle the Air Force at the start of the second half scoring four tries in ten minutes to put the Zoomies down. In the end it was Navy up 46-7 over the Zoomies.
The Air Force Zoomies are struggling to get back to the basics of rugby that allowed them to win two games earlier in the fall season. Unable to connect simple passes or to work the ball through the hands spelled disaster for the Air Force team as the Midshipman from Navy made the Zoomies pay for each mistake made.
The Air Force simply gave points to Navy off of careless play too many times in this match, especially at the beginning of the second half. In one instance, the Air Force team was inside the Navy five meter line pushing to score, yet careless play, poor ball handling and an unwise kick of a loose ball pushed the Air Force all the way back to inside of their own 22 within seconds. A simple Air Force knock-on later and Navy was able to capitalize and score.
That was basically the pattern of play all match for the Air Force team as the Zoomies were rarely able to string more than two passes together, much less multiple phases of play. Air Force will be going back to the basics in preparation for conference opponent, the University of Wyoming, on 14 Oct by focusing on ball retention through phase play, ball handling skills and tactical awareness.
See the video on The Rugby Channel TV website site here: http://www.therugbychannel.tv/videos/312906/navy-v-air-force (we don't have rights to the video since it was televised).
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