Rugby League

RAF Make Late Scott Stevenson's Family Proud In Inter Services Final Match

Scott Stevenson's family was in the crowd on Friday night to see the Royal Air Force beat the Royal Navy.

The Royal Air Force rugby league team has won the final Inter Services match at Featherstone Rovers against the Royal Navy.

The match comes a week after an RAF full-back sustained a fatal head injury in their game against the Army.

Scott Stevenson was a Senior Aircraftman (Technician) based at RAF Marham.

Mr Stevenson's family were in the crowd on Friday night to see the RAF beat the Royal Navy team.

Mr Stevenson’s team-mates did him proud going on to win 22 points to 4.

At the end of a week which saw the rugby league family pull together at all levels, Mr Stevenson was remembered in the most fitting way possible.

"He would have definitely wanted the game to go ahead," said Chief Technician Garry Dunn, RAF Rugby League Coach.

"We have not talked about winning at all," added Sergeant Martin Wood, RAF Rugby League Coach, saying all the team wanted was "closure" to the events of the previous week.

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The RAF won the match against the Royal Navy 22-4.

On the pitch, an emotionally charged airforce side put four tries past the senior service.

Danny Bournes picked out Adam Flintham’s kick just after half time while Elliot Kerry was awarded a penalty try after being taken out following his own kick through.

Sam Breeze meanwhile opened and closed the game with two typically powerful scores.

The Navy’s one try was scored by Robbie Mclean leaving them well adrift at full time 22 to 4.

The light blues celebrated the win but no-one was that concerned with the score.

"Scott was a lovely lad off the field, and he had a real flair on it," said Chief Technician Garry Dunn, RAF Rugby League Coach.

"The times we have been successful, over the last three or four years, was when Scott has been fit and playing," he added.

"We work in a team sport and in a team environment, and Scott's personality was one to look for in players", said Sergeant Martin Wood, RAF Rugby League Coach.

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Mr Stevenson's family joined the celebrations on the pitch after the RAF's victory.

At the final whistle, Mr Stevenson’s parents and his brother were pitchside. 

Mr Stevenson’s shirt was rested for this game but memories of the fullback were ever-present.

Many words have been spoken about him in the last seven days but these players did what they do best and let their actions do the talking.