Rugby Union

Royal Navy U23s make Inter Services statement in win over RAF

The Inter Services Under-23s rugby union title race will go to the wire after the Navy beat the RAF in Havant.

The Royal Air Force could have been crowned champions with a win but the Navy's power was too strong in a 24-7 victory.

It means the Army v Navy match in Aldershot next week, which is LIVE on the Forces News YouTube channel, will be a title decider.

The Air Force were under pressure from the first whistle on the south coast but it was their players who celebrated the opening try against the run of play.

Ben Collins went over under the posts and the kick was also converted meaning the RAF had a 7-0 lead.

That was as good as it got for the RAF as the Navy came roaring back to steamroll their service rivals.

Harry Wright's first-half try brought them to within two points at the break but the second half belonged to the home team.

Harrison Utton-Smith, Freddie Elliot and Charlie Davis all scored in a night to remember for these development Navy players.

If the Navy beat the Army in Aldershot or it ends in a draw, they will be crowned champions but if the Army win, it'll be down to points difference to decide the fate of the championship.

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