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Army Knocked Out Of Rugby League Challenge Cup Third Round By Kells

The British Army rugby league side has been knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Kells A.R.L.F.C. of the National Conference League...

The British Army rugby league side has been knocked out of the Challenge Cup by Kells A.R.L.F.C. of the National Conference League.

The Army lost 30-4 away in Cumbria, scoring one try courtesy of Loz Hamzat.

It is the sixth time the service has been knocked out in the third round of the competition.

From the off, the home side dominated possession and looked dangerous driving forward - and it didn't take them long to score.

Army Challenge Cup
The Army had scored 74 points on the way to the third round, making them the tournament's top scorers at that stage

Tyrone Dalton took a pass from Jordon Herve to touch down for his team's first try.

The second followed more sustained pressure. With Kells camped on the Army line, Troy Armstrong couldn't be stopped by the men in black before Ross Gainford added the goal.

With Lewis Smith adding another converted try by half-time, Kells were in command by the break, 20-0 up without the Army having really troubled them.

In the second half they carried on pressing the Army before notching a fourth try, with a brilliant charge for the line by Barry Boyd effectively wrapping up the tie.

They saved the best for last though, with a surging run from Dominic Wear setting up Armstrong for his second try of the game and pushing the score to 30-0.

British Army Challenge Cup third round loss vs Kells 2018

The Army then had their best spell towards the end and were rewarded for their persistence and determination.

Micky Hoyle and Shaun Allen combined well before Jamie Long fed Loz Hamzat for the try. Jordan Kermer couldn't add the extras, meaning it finished 30-4.

Army skipper Sergeant Mike Harrison said:

"[In the past] couple of seasons we've been out in the first round. [We] got through to the third round this year through hard work.

"No excuses today, we were beaten by the better team. [There was a] bit of disruption in our preparation but we've put a good 17 on the park."

"They [Kells] turned up, they performed, [they] kept it more disciplined... That put us under pressure, forced errors and they came away with the win so congrats to Kells."

Army head coach, Warrant Officer Class 2 Ben Taylor, said: 

"It's been a great effort from the lads. We've shown a lot of guts and determination to get here in the first place.

"We've built a good team. I think we've got to take the plus sides out of this. It's all stuff that we need to build towards to the Inter-Services in September."

Had the Army won, it would have become the first Armed Forces side in history to reach the Challenge Cup fourth round, after wins against Milford Marlins and London Chargers in the first and second rounds.

In the end, though, it was a step too far.

Earlier in the tournament, the Royal Air Force was knocked out in round two by Batley Boys, while the Royal Navy was defeated by Normanton Knights in the first round.

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