ANGLO-GERMAN sporting rivalries were resumed when soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment took on the German national rugby league team.
The 1st Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s own) soldiers, who are currently based in Germany, battled the odds to come out with a 66 points to 28 victory.
The match, which took place in Altendorf, near Frankfurt, was supposed to be a practice game for the Germans’ up coming season.
Half back for 1 Yorks, Second Lieutenant James Crowther, from Bradford-on-Avon, in Wiltshire, said: “I thought we would receive a physical bashing from the German side.
“They had some big fellas and were very fit so we all thought they would provide stiffer opposition. But we had some flamboyant players and in the end we tore them apart.”
The 13-a-side game, which was played in three 30 minute thirds to maximise the training aspect, attracted around 200 spectators including the local mayor.
But the performance of the Yorkshire amateurs shocked the crowd, after the German hosts put on a show with national anthems from a live band.
Twenty-four-year-old 2nd Lt Crowther added: “It was a quality day which we all enjoyed, the rugby was just one part of it.
“After the match we had a few drinks with the German side and there were no hard feelings.”
Rugby league is a relatively new sport in Germany; there are only six established teams as the sport was only introduced to the country in 2004.
Delighted with the victory, the soldiers invited the Germans back to their Oxford Barracks, in Münster, Germany, for a return game.
The 1 Yorks team has now rejoined the rest of the battalion to continue training for its scheduled deployment to Afghanistan later in the year.