Rugby Union

Royal Engineers retain Army Inter Corps title after victory over Royal Logistic Corps

Watch: Royal Engineers retain Army Inter Corps title after victory over Royal Logistic Corps.

The Royal Engineers have retained their Army Inter Corps title following their 27-7 win over the Royal Logistic Corps in Aldershot.

A penalty from fly half Jack Johnson gave the Engineers an early lead but the RLC soon hit back.

Quick thinking from Blaze Bulicokocoko saw him leave the Sappers defence flat footed and the scrum half hacked the ball ahead before winning the ensuing foot race to claim a converted try.

Just minutes later, the Sappers camped themselves on their opponent's line.

A momentary lapse in concentration from the defending side allowed Johnson to pounce for the cheekiest of tries.

He duly added the extras from the kicking tee as the Engineers regained the advantage at 10-7.

The defending champions added another try before the break and this time it was centre Taitusi Qaniuci doing the damage.

Watch: Sapper Michael McDonald reacts to the Royal Engineers retaining the Army Rugby Inter Corps cup.

He burst clear of would-be tacklers before releasing the supporting Phil Graham and the winger enjoyed an easy run in as he slid his way to a converted try and a 17-7 half time lead.

As sleet and snow continued to fall throughout the match, it was the Sappers who mastered the conditions best.

They opted to keep the ball at close quarters following the break and succeeded in scoring an unconverted try from a line out through Marcus Mercer.

A fourth try came from Lucas Gonegali and it was Mercer and Michael McDonald who lifted the trophy as the Royal Engineers celebrated retaining their title.

Cover image: Andrew Fosker/Alligin Photography.

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