Rugby Union

Navy U23s Win 2019 Inter Services Rugby Union Championships

The Royal Navy under 23s rugby union team have won the 2019 Inter Services Championships.

After beating the Army in the first game, the Navy knew a win at RAF Halton would seal the title.

They defeated the Royal Air Force 27-10 to win their first Inter Services trophy in two years.

The Navy took an early lead as their captain Jake Hanley buried a penalty from a long distance out.

The scores were level midway through the first half when the RAF's Calum Jones scored a penalty from a similar distance, but the Navy soon pulled away thanks to a controversial try.

Ravi Raivailitia was awarded a score but seemed to take advantage of an offside position to pounce on the loose ball.

However, the try was given and the Navy led by seven points.

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Ravi Raivailitia's controversial try proved to be a vital turning point in the game.

It would be 15-3 at half-time as another try gave the Navy a big lead. Will Scott flew over for an unconverted score and the RAF had a mountain to climb.

It got worse for the Air Force at the start of the second half as the Navy made it 20-3.

Jesse Lowe was the man who got the important score, but Brad Janes played a major part in the try with a brilliant jinking run.

The RAF did pull some points back with Zac Taylor's converted try, but Scott would put the finishing touches on a fine Navy win with a late try of his own.

The victory meant the trophy was the Navy’s and they are the champions for 2019.

You can watch a full replay of the match below: