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9 RLC Regiment Crowned Army Champions With Narrow Victory

A strong performance from Connor Hull led the team to the historic victory.

9 RLC Regiment have been crowned Army champions after winning the Premiership finals in Aldershot.

They beat the Royal Welsh by a 16-15 scoreline and celebrated with the trophy after the final whistle.

It was a dominating performance from Connor Hull who drove 9 RLC to victory, scoring all of his team’s points in the game.

The Royal Welsh have competed at four of the last five Premiership finals and started the better of the two teams.

Cory McIntyre scrambled over for an unconverted try to open the scoring midway through the first half.

A well-taken penalty from Jamie Laing meant they were further ahead at half-time and an 8-0 deficit was a mountain to climb for 9 RLC.

However, a miraculous comeback in the second half stunned Royal Welsh with Hull dominating the game for his team.

Two successful penalties had the deficit cut to just two points and Hull’s converted try minutes later meant 9 RLC led 13-8.

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Connor Hull's impressive performance was too much to handle for the Royal Welsh.

There was a brief flash-point in the second half where tempers flared and it led to Craig Davies being sent to sin bin. It was a lot of pushing and shoving, but 9 RLC dealt the final bow with Hull’s successful penalty.

Chris Budgen grabbed a converted try late on for the Royal Welsh, but it was too little, too late as 9 RLC held on for the win.

After the game, Hull celebrated his performance and his team’s victory in a competition that's more than 100 years old.

He said: “It was a great effort and a bit of skill at the end to beat the final person.

"The boys have been talking about it for a long time and we've read a great bit of history.

"It’s a great experience to be a part of this and take home the trophy."