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Engineers See Off Infantry At Army Rugby Union Inter-Corps Championship

The Royal Engineers have convincingly seen off the Infantry, recording a 41-26 victory in the Army Rugby Union Inter-Corps Championship...

The Royal Engineers have convincingly seen off the Infantry, recording a 41-26 victory in the Army Rugby Union Inter-Corps Championship at Aldershot.

The Sappers have a proud history of success in the tournament and having missed out on the title last year, they are doing all they can to secure glory this season.

The game's opening converted try saw Stef Wilson combining with danger man "P" Petueli, with the speedster scooting over the line.

But the Infantry wasted little time before hitting back. With lineout ball safely secured, Ritchie Smart powered his way over the line for a try.

Full back Macbeth showed he was king of the kicking tee, adding the conversion to level the scores.

Engineers See Off The Infantry At Rugby Union Inter Corps Championship

The enthralling first half featured the Sappers' former Fiji international scrum-half Aporosa Vata displaying his cunning and guile to dive in under the posts, helping edge his team 14-7 in front. 

The Infantry's impressive pack rallied, however, to help restore parity once more.

With a try that was far from the prettiest scored this season, they were rewarded with their endeavour as skipper Curren McMillan emerged with the ball.

If their previous effort was a case of scoring ugly, this time they conjured up something far more eye-catching as winger Tuilagi plucked out McMillan to canter home for his second try.

And the infantrymen weren't finished. Just before the break giant second row Sam Ashton ghosted in for his teams fourth try and a 26-14 halftime lead.

The second half, however, belonged to the Sappers, who scored 27 unanswered points.

The first came from a converted try from front row man Withers. Wilson had added a penalty for the Sappers, closing the points gap to 26-21, before the galloping David Bowman charged in for the try and the lead.

The Engineers grabbed another try before the end as Petueli made the most of some tired Infantry defending to claim a bonus-point victory.

A final score of 41-26 to the Sappers puts them closer to the top of the table but with arch-rivals the Royal Artillery up next there is still plenty to focus on as they inch towards a place in the final.

The Sappers and Gunners go head to head on February 7.

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