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Challenge Cup: Royal Navy dump British Army out in second-round thriller

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The Royal Navy has beaten the British Army in a historic Challenge Cup second-round clash.

In the first all-military meeting in the competition's history, the Navy came from behind to take the bragging rights in Aldershot.

Joseph Sugden's golden point try meant the Navy were into the third round for only the second time ever.

The Army raced into a 10-0 lead through tries by Kajii Suguvanua and Dec Baines with Mickey Hoyle scoring the conversions.

However, a superb second-half comeback rocked the Army team in their home ground.

Gavin Duffy and Jonathan Griffiths both scored and Rhys Joel kept his cool to level the scores late on with the conversion.

That took the game to extra time and the surprising winner from Sugden, who outsmarted the Army defence with quick thinking from an attempted drop-goal attempt.

The Navy are now the only military representation in the tournament after the RAF were knocked out in round one.