Royal Engineers Victorious At Army Inter-Corps Festival Of Rugby

The Royal Engineers have won the Army Inter-Corps Festival of Rugby after beating the Royal Signals 28-7 in Aldershot...

The Royal Engineers have won the Army Inter Corps Festival of Rugby after beating the Royal Signals 28-7 in Aldershot.

The day-long tournament features all the corps sides in the Army but the games are split into two 12-minute halves.

Attacking rugby is encouraged and the Royal Signals struck first in the final as Ross Chung scooted in at the corner for the opening converted try.

However, it didn't take the sappers long to re-establish themselves in the contest.

Rugby Royal Engineers Scrum

Straight from the restart, the defending champions put pressure on the Signalmen.

Having conceded just three points in the entire competition up until the final, the engineers were favourites to retain their title and Sammy Sema's timely interception saw them level the scores.

A moment of magic from their former army star Pecilli Nacamavuto then put them in control.

His break and dummy, a throw-back to his tries from yesteryear, got him home for a second converted try.

British Army inter-corps rugby

Further scores followed after the break as the engineers honed in on victory.

Sema sliced through the signalmen's defence for the second time to take the score to 21-7.

But it was the final try of the match that guaranteed the sappers the silverware.

As their scrum motored towards the signallers' line the defending side were penalised. Alipate Sovaki remained alert to the referee's whistle and that was that.

Speaking after the match, LCpl Joseph McLean, Royal Engineers Captain said:

"No one took a step back. We just went straight at it, it’s going to be a good builder for the season."

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