Rugby Union

Roaring Win: Royal Navy U23s Beat London Scottish Lions

The Senior Service youngsters feel they are finding their rhythm ahead of the Inter Services competition.

The Royal Navy under 23s rugby union side have been given a confidence-boosting win ahead of the Inter Services competition.

They overcame London Scottish Lions 33-7 in Richmond.

The Senior Service youngsters got on the scoreboard after 17 minutes, with UK Armed Forces player Brad Janes getting over the line, and skipper Jake Hanley slotting over the conversion.

Janes also assisted in the second try, setting up Jerome Rudder for another converted score, helping their side to a 14-0 lead at the break.

Rudder added a brace of tries in the second half to complete his hat-trick.

The opposition did then get on the board with a forward push over the line and a successful kick, but the Royal Navy had the final say through a try by replacement Adam White.

UKAF's Brad Janes gets in for the Royal Navy's first try of the evening.

Royal Navy skipper, Able Seaman Jake Hanley said: "The games are coming thick and fast now.

"We're playing some good teams, the games are only going to get harder.

"But I thought we played well today, stuck to the structure, and I thought we dominated the game for most of it."

His teammate, Sub-Lieutenant Keaton Leyland-Jones added: "Our head coach always says that the match is the best training session we can offer, so it's really good to get a few matches under our belt now."

The win follows a 63-0 drubbing against Bristol University and a 50-12 victory over the Cardiff students.

The Royal Navy under 23s have more matches before their Inter Services showdown against the reigning champions, the Army on 13 November.