For the Marines, the trophy has returned home after failing to defend the title in last year’s competition.
It took them just over a minute to make their mark on the game. Jerrod Haylor’s speed was too much to handle for the Eastern defence and Mitch Bennett sprinted his way to the line for a try. Cads Caddywould added the try to give the Marines the perfect start to the game.
The kicker added to the score moments later. A pinpoint penalty had the Marines with a comfortable lead of 10-0, but Eastern Command would find a way back into the game.
It was Hall who got the unconverted try after some great running from the Eastern attackers, but it seemed to only spur the Marines on for more.
A superb surging run from Troy Gobey resulted in a Marines score before a devastating team move rocked the defence of Eastern Command.
It was a stunning piece of rugby by the Marines with five men involved before captain Mo Morris finished it off from close range.
At this point, the Marines were up by 22-3 and another Caddywould penalty meant the trophy was within reach at half-time.
More tries in the second half finished off the Eastern Command players, with Dunc Duncan and Clarky Clarke getting on the score-sheet.
Despite some consolation courtesy of Hall, the Marines comfortably saw out a 39-10 win.
In doing so, they took home the John Inverdale Trophy.