Rugby League

Royal Navy's historic Challenge Cup run ends in round four

A 66-6 loss to professional side Batley Bulldogs knocked the Navy out of the competition.

The Royal Navy's fairytale run in the Challenge Cup has come to an end after a loss away to Batley Bulldogs.

The Senior Service made it to the competition's fourth round for the first time in their history with victories over Bridgend Blue Bulls, the British Army and York Acorn.

However, it proved a step too far as they were soundly beaten by their higher-profile opponents.

Jonny Campbell was among the early scorers for Batley, who led 38-0 at half-time after scoring seven tries.

The second half continued in the same pattern and they ended the match with 12 tries on the board.

The Navy did get their moment to celebrate when James Teixeira crossed over but it was just a consolation against the rampaging Bulldogs.

After the match, Navy head coach Chief Petty Officer Steve Lockton stressed the importance of this run to military sport.

"It's massive for military rugby," he said. "I've spoken to the RAF and had a little tweet from the Army.

"It speaks volumes for our lads but also service rugby in general."