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Aki 10s Rugby: Army And RAF Taste Victory At Cyprus Competition

Thirteen sides competed for four trophies in the annual tournament at RAF Akrotiri.

Teams from the Army and RAF were among the 13 sides who competed at this year's 'Aki 10s' rugby tournament in Cyprus.

After two days of group matches, it was down to the final eight teams to vie for four trophies.

At the lowest level, and in ascending order of importance, the Shield was the first silverware to be decided.

The Dhekelia Poachers, from 2 Royal Anglian, took on RAF Movers.

The Anglians maintained an early lead to be 12 points ahead at half-time, and saw off a late comeback from their opponents to win 17-10.

Dhekelia Poachers score against RAF Movers in the Shield decider.

In the Bowl, the Royal Air Force did come out on top.

The RAF Predators ran in seven tries to beat the RLC Masters 35-7.

Game three was the Plate decider, which saw last year's cup winners - Army Medical Services (AMS) - face 4th Regiment Royal Artillery.

AMS were first on the scoresheet, but 4 Regiment soon hit back with two tries of their own, and at the break the gunners were ahead by two points.

But it was only temporary.

In the second half, AMS ran in another try and pulled ahead, taking the Plate - effectively the Aki 10s runner’s up trophy - 16-10.

The Medics score on their way to victory against 4th Regiment Royal Artillery.

In the big one, the Aki 10s Cup Final, the home team Aki Flamingos went up against the Royal Logistics Corps.

In one of the tightest deciders ever, and with the clock ticking towards full-time, the RLC were ahead 17-15 - a home team victory seemed to be slipping away.

However, the Flamingos made the breakthrough in the dying minutes, surging over the try line to take the win and the Aki 10s title.