Rugby League

Royal Navy win first Inter Services rugby league title in five years

The Royal Navy men's rugby league team have won their first Inter Services title in five years after beating the British Army in Bradford.

A 12-10 win at the Odsal Stadium put an end to the Army's stranglehold of the trophy as the Band of Brothers came from behind to win.

After dismantling the RAF in their opening match, the Navy knew a win would be enough to end their wait for the trophy.

They made the perfect start as Jack Bartlett's unconverted try separated the two teams at half-time.

The second half provided much more of an exciting contest and the Army came back with a vengeance.

Despite Darren Bamford's brilliant penalty making it 6-0 to the Navy, a try from Liam McNamee (unconverted) andĀ Nuimaia Corivuka (converted) gave the Army a four-point lead.

The Navy's title hopes were slipping away but in the final 10 minutes, they turned their desperation into triumph.

Sean Houghton's try to remember levelled the scores at 10-10 leaving veteran Darren Bamford to have the final say.

The star man, who was key against the RAF, was playing his final match for the Navy and signed off in style as he kicked the winning points from the conversion.