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Army made it to 3-0 in Pool Play at the USA 7s CRC in Chester, Pa. Saturday after edging longtime rivals Navy.
After brief pressure by Army, Navy got very close to scoring, but the final
offload was a touch forward. Relieved, Army won the scrum and took it all
the way back, with Dave Geib taking a smart inside pass from Ben Leatigaga
to score under the posts. Geib converted for a 7-0 lead.
Army scored again from a scrum, although this time a Navy scrum. The Army restart was knocked on, but while Navy won the scrum, West Point was quick on the ball and turned it over. Quick passing sent Leatigaga free to score in the corner.
Navy then mounted a comeback. Winless on Saturday, they pushed to defeat their rivals, and started with Matt Arnsberger powering through three defenders to score. 12-5.
By halftime it was 12-10. Navy got a penalty close in and Seamus Siefring tapped and barged over for the try.
Siefring kept up the punishing runs and scored again to put Navy in the lead. However, Navy’s inability to convert those tries hurt them.
With time winding down a late turnover put the ball in Geib’s hands and the flyhalf was gone for the winner.
For Army, it capped off an outstanding day, with two close wins, but wins nonetheless. For a team that went through the 2011 CRC with two ties and two close losses, this felt a lot better.