Gritty Army Cup Final As 'Beast From The East' Takes Toll

Fijian flair gave way to frozen fingers...

The Royal Logistic Corps' rugby stars have won the Army Inter-Corps Championship after beating the Royal Artillery 7-3 in Aldershot.

The eagerly-anticipated final never quite lived up to its billing, however, as Fijian flair gave way to frozen fingers, with the 'Beast from the East' scuppering hopes of free-flowing rugby.

Royal Logistic Corps wins 2018 Army Inter-Corps rugby union final

Both sides gave it a go nonetheless. The RLC players were full of confidence, often looking to attack from deep in their own half.

Only some superb defence from Gunner Richards prevented his opposite number from scoring a try, while the Royal Artillery also failed to trouble the try line in a frustrating first 40 minutes. 

The artillerymen gained ground at close quarters towards the end of the first period though, helped by the fact they boast the current Army senior side front row in their ranks.

And with the first half coming to its conclusion, they were awarded a pop at the posts.

Royal Logistic Corps wins 2018 Army Inter-Corps rugby union final

Another of their Army stars, Bombardier Owain Davies, slotted over the penalty for a narrow 3-0 lead.

And things got worse for the RLC in the second half, who lost a player to the sin bin early on before winger Private Boginosoko was shown yellow for a high tackle.

Royal Logistic Corps wins 2018 Army Inter-Corps rugby union final

But once back to a full complement of players, it was the RLC who looked to score the game's opening try.

A few minutes later, with the gunners a man down in the sin bin, the RLC went for the line.

Rumbling forward, their ever-alert scrum-half Corporal Ignatius Putty darted through a gap for a converted score.

The gritty cup final ultimately ended with the RLC running down the clock to secure a 7-3 victory.

RLC skipper Corporal Joe Brown said: "I think it [the win] comes down to a hard-working season.

"We started off the season on a high and it's keeping that same mentality throughout the whole season.

"Today was obviously a lot of pressure for us and I think the boys held their heads high and we came out and produced the goods."

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