Rokoduguni: “The Army will be really motivated for this game”

21 April 2014

Bath United will finish their season on Tuesday evening by taking on the Army, and one Bath player knows the Aviva A League champions' opposition a bit better than most.

Lance Corporal Semesa Rokoduguni, of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, has been keeping the Rec on the edge of their seats for the last two seasons, but fans of the Army rugby team have also been enthralled by the Fijian's exciting mix of speed and power in recent years.

The game will serve as the final warm-up for the Army before their annual visit to Twickenham to contest the Babcock Trophy with the Royal Navy.

"They'll put out a team on Tuesday night similar to the one that will face the Navy in a couple of weeks' time. They will be really motivated for this game. They want to gauge where they are defence and attack wise, and United will be an accurate test of that.

"The Army generally plays a more open game: as soon as you get the ball from lineout or ruck you just go wide every time!

"The Army boys have been saying I should play for them, likewise United. I've been playing jokes on players from both teams, pretending I'm going to play for the other side. I spoke to Mat Gilbert and said I was playing for the Army, which I think worried him a bit!

"I won't be involved, but will definitely be at the Rec watching. It's good for the Army to have these types of matches to see what you need to work on as a team – especially prior to the Babcock Trophy match at Twickenham – and I know the United boys are looking forward to their final run-out of what's been a great season for them.

"Although the Navy were missing a couple of good players when United beat them 92-0 last month, the Army were very happy about that result, but they will want to make sure it doesn't happen to them, so we should be in for a good game."

This match is FREE, however you will need a ticket* to secure your seats. You can book online, phone 0844 448 1865, or call into the Ticket Office on Pulteney Bridge.

*Tickets for this match are free but availability will be limited, as we will not be opening the Novia (East) Stand (as usual for a Bath United game).

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