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Royal Marines Win Thrilling Final To Retain Inverdale Trophy

The Royal Marines have retained the Naval Inter Command Cup in Portsmouth.

They defeated Fleet Air Arm 32-16 at Burnaby Road to keep hold of the Inverdale trophy they won last year.

Sport broadcaster John Inverdale was on hand to present the trophy, which is named after his father - who is a former Royal Navy surgeon captain.

The first half was an even contest and both sides were on the scoresheet, thanks to two penalties apiece.

It took 35 minutes for the first try of the game to arrive but it was the Marines who were celebrating.

Callum Southgate was brilliantly played through by Nathan Huntley to score the converted try and give the Marines a 13-6 half-time lead.

The Marines grabbed the initiative at the start of the second half and grabbed the second try of the match.

It was a brilliant score from the team and a classic switch allowed Will Scott to race in and make it 18-6.

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The Marines' stunning victory meant they were crowned champions for the second year in a row.

Fleet Air Arm needed a response and it came through Holland who drove for the line after a period of pressure.

Carter’s conversion and another successful penalty put the Fleet Air Arm just two points behind but the Marines would have the final say.

Martin drove over the line for a converted try and the fourth try of the night sealed the win with style.

Huntley’s clever kick fed Matt Warwick who dove over the line to put the game beyond Fleet Air Arm.

John Inverdale, alongside his sister Jendy Weekes, were there to give out the trophy and a 32-16 win meant the Marines were champions for the second straight year.