This live event has finished
- Match contested between Royal Marines and Parachute Regiment for the Trafalgar Cup
- Streakers interrupt the game, sparking a brawl involving around 50 people
- Spectators ran on to the pitch to try and break-up the fight
- Hundreds watched the match at Taunton Rugby Club yesterday
- Money from the event went to the charity Go Commando
THE match ended 31-14 to the Royal Marines.
PLENTY of you have been commenting on Facebook:
Neil Viirgin said: "Lol...RM v Parachute Regiment what did people expect teacakes and Pimms? Bit of fun got slightly out of hand i would have thought..."
Dopey Doughnut added: "We'll send these lads all round the globe to kill or be killed, and for that they play hard with no one but their own as witness's. Leave 'em alone ffs."
Philip Tucker posted: "In reality no big deal. Two groups of young men who are trained to undertake violence playing rugby with victory and honour at stake.
"This is a little bit of a scuffle. I would have expected worse. I remember once in the RAF playing football against Thames Valley Police. They really were a bunch of thugs. They would threaten to break your legs and if you responded threatened to nick you for speeding after the game."
3:02pm Fri 18 Jul 14
Brilliant game, with a slight altercation, which in my opinion was born out of frustration, these guys are not louts or drunken thugs they are athletes pure and simple.
BEFORE the match started, youngsters from North Petherton Rugby Club provided a guard of honour to welcome the teams onto the pitch.
Pictured in white is the Royal Marines team:
Pictured in burgandy is the Parachute Regiment team:
ONE of the streakers is tackled to the ground by a player.
ONE of the streakers heads on to the pitch, followed by others, causing a mixture of shock and cheering in the crowd.
JACK Matthews, president of Taunton Rugby Club, said people streaking and fighting on a rugby pitch is not a weekly occurrence.
He said: “That is untrue, the game at our level is played hard, fair and clean.
“All we did was stage the match on behalf of them, we did not organise it we just let them use our facilities.
“We promote proper clean rugby.”
12:55pm Fri 18 Jul 14
Typical expected behaviour from no doubt drunken idiots supposedly raising money for their own, typical Thursday evening in Taunton, hope you are all ashamed of yourselves.
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MONEY raised from the event went to Royal Marines charity Go Commando, who support members of Taunton's 40 Commando.
Go Commando chief executive Debbie Tyler-Davis played down the brawl, describing it as high spirits which bubbled over.
She said: “It was just one of those things, both teams were eager to win and there were two highly charged sets of guys.
“The boys got a bit heated but it was not drastic – it is not a big issue.
“It happens on football matches and rugby games every Saturday and in big games at Twickenham so it is sad when it is only highlighted for a military match.”
She also said the event is primarily a sporting fixture as both teams contested the Trafalgar Cup, not a family charity event.
The match was hosted by the Royal Marines at Taunton Rugby Club to celebrate their 350th anniversary.
THIS video was uploaded to Facebook and has been shared by more than 600 people.
The County Gazette has edited the video to remove full frontal nudity.
A STILL image from the video shows players from both teams coming together in the middle of the pitch.
A FIGHT broke out after streakers invaded the pitch during a rugby match between the Royal Marines and the Parachute Regiment at Taunton Rugby Club yesterday (July 18).
A video from one spectator shows a number of streakers run on to the pitch mid-way through the match.
A rugby player tackled one of the streakers to the ground which then sparked a brawl between both sides.
Spectators can be seen to run on to the pitch to help break-up the scrap.
A video of the fight will be online shortly.