Rugby League

Rugby League: Royal Engineers Breeze Past Royal Artillery In First Round Of Lawson Cup

A 30-10 victory in Aldershot kicked off the competition in style for the Engineers who in turn won the Woolwich Cup.

The Royal Engineers have beaten the Royal Artillery in the opening round of the Rugby League Lawson Cup.

A 30-10 victory in Aldershot saw the Sappers run riot in another chapter of one of the military's oldest sporting rivalries.

The win also meant the Engineers could lift the Woolwich Cup.

It was the Artillery who landed the first blow at the Army Rugby Stadium as Timoci Nadurutamata dashed home for an unconverted try.

Pisa Biumailomaloma levelled the scores for the Engineers when he crashed home in the corner past a helpless Artillery defence.

The Sappers had the momentum and a second try followed soon after.

Ernest Petueli flopped over the line and Kevin Brown battled the blustery conditions to add the extras.

The Royal Engineers vs Royal Artillery rivalry is one of the oldest in military sport and decided the 2021 Woolwich Cup.

A Brown penalty and a Valetiri try, which was given by the referee after a chat with his touch judge, meant the Engineers were in full control but the Gunners would make a fight of it.

Sailasa Loudola's converted try from close range reduced the deficit to just eight points.

But that was as good as it got for the Royal Artillery as Callum Smith and Brown both scored tries to give them a comfortable win.

They'll hope to add the Lawson Cup to their Woolwich Cup trophy when the finals get under way at the end of the month.