The Royal Navy rugby union stars have thrashed the Royal Australian Navy 61-0 to lift the Commonwealth Cup on Commonwealth Day.

The Senior Service was full of running from the off in their handsome nine-try victory in Portsmouth.

Only some last-ditch defending denied Ben Chambers early on, although it wouldn't be long before he found himself on the scoresheet.

Fine work from back row man Dave Fairbrother put the home side close to the line and two phases later the winger was in at the corner.

Royal Navy win vs Australian Navy 2018

Fairbrother then added another close-quarters try before Chambers was in for his second, scrambling his way over after Gareth Rees had scooted along the touchline.

It took the referee a moment or two to decide if the ball had been grounded.

He considered it good and the Navy were 21-0 in front, with John Humphrey having been on target with all three conversions.

Having adapted to the slippery conditions and with confidence coursing through their veins, the dark blues continued to cut through their opponents' defences at will.

Greg Loydall's eye-catching break led to try number four, with Sita Raumakita cantering home after taking a pass from Humphrey.

In contrast to the flair and speed of their previous score, the Navy's fifth try was all about control at close quarters - combined with some raw power.

Royal Navy win vs Australian Navy 2018

They marched their way over from a line-out and Fairbrother was rewarded with his second try.

By half-time the Senior Service were almost out of sight at 35-0 up.

And the dark blues opened the second half just as they'd closed the first. Another catch and drive from a line-out saw Ben Priddey claiming try number six.

Sam Davies, returning to the Navy fold after a long injury lay-off, then crossed in at the corner for his side's seventh try.

The Welshman played a part in the next try too. His neat inside pass allowed the turbo-charged Chambers to gallop in for his hat-trick.

There was still time for Chambers to set up Raumakita for his second try of the match.

Royal Navy win vs Australian Navy 2018

All in all, it was a solid victory for the Navy as their preparations for the Inter-Services continue at a pace.

Their head coach, Chief Petty Officer Air Engineering Technician (CPOAET) Dave Pascoe, was delighted:

"I'm really pleased with that performance.

"We said we'd make it about us before the game and not [be] too focused on the Australians, or the trophy or winning the Commonwealth Cup back and... the boys performed."

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