Rugby Union

Army v Navy: Royal Navy defeat British Army at Twickenham

Watch: The Royal Navy defeat the Army in a thrilling match at Twickenham.

The men's Royal Navy Rugby Union have thrashed the British Army at Twickenham to win the Babcock Inter Services Trophy for the first time since 2010.

With Navy tries from Marine Setareki Raumakita, Air Engineering Technician Dan Rutter and team captain, Captain Jarrard Hayler, and five converted penalties from Air Engineering Technician Jordan Gott, the Navy beat the Army by a comfortable 22-39 margin.

The Army's sole try scorer Sapper Cameron McDonald scored a hat-trick of tries, but the Army's efforts weren't enough to hold off the Navy. 

The match started off with the Army winning the coin toss, but a number of Army infringements saw the Navy being awarded multiple penalty kicks, with Gott proving handy with his boot to convert three consecutive penalty kicks.

The Army's Bombardier Owain Davies also converted a penalty kick to put the score 3-9 to the Navy. 

The first try came from the Army's McDonald, sprinting to the try line to put the Army within a whisker of taking the lead from the Navy. 

McDonald wasn't done there as, minutes later, he followed up with a second try as the Army looked to build their momentum at the halfway point of the first half. 

Davies converted the try to put the Army in a 15-9 lead over the Army. 

After Gott converted two more penalties, the Navy managed to level the scoreboard at 15-15 as half-time approached. 

But it was Gott to seize the opportunity as he sprinted around the Army defence, offloading to teammate Marine Setareki Raumakita, to send him sprinting to the try line to give the Navy a 15-22 lead going into half-time. 

Setareki Raumakita
Marine Setareki Raumakita scores the Navy's first try to contribute to their 22-39 win (Picture: Alligin Photography).

The Navy brought their momentum from the first half straight into the second half, as Rutter fought his way through an Army pile-on to score another try for the Navy and extend their lead to 15-29.

McDonald was quick to respond to the Navy's surging performance and scored his third try of the match to complete his hat-trick and to edge the Army closer to the Navy at 22-29.

Cameron McDonald
Sapper Cameron McDonald scores a hat-trick at the Army v Navy game at Twickenham (Picture: Alligin Photography).

The Army tried to apply pressure on the Navy, but the navy blues were ready for whatever the Army threw their way, but another penalty going the Navy's way saw the navy blues add a further three points to their tally. 

And it didn't take long for the Navy to assert their claim on the Babcock trophy as team captain Taylor darted over the try line to sign, seal and deliver the Navy's win. 

At full-time, the Navy celebrate their first Army v Navy win since 2010 to win the Babcock Trophy as well as taking home the Inter Services trophy.

Gott was named Babcock Player of the Match. 

Watch: The Army and Navy team captains react to the Navy's win in post-match interview.

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