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The Royal Engineers scored four tries, but slipped to a second Division One defeat of the season as they went down 28-27 to the Royal Logistics Corps.

There is a storied rivalry building between the two sides, and for the second time this season it was the RLC who triumphed by a point, winning their home game in Round One 25-24 having also won the Corps Festival against the same opponents 22-10 back in September.

It was the visitors who took the early advantage with two tries based off the back of a strong rolling maul, but RE got the next two thanks to back three men Spr Louwalu and Spr Navurai, the latter set-up by a superb break from fly-half 2Lt Blee.

The RLC forwards again showed their power with a pushover scrum score, and despite RE collecting two more tries from Spr Qainuci and Spr Johnson, the reigning champions were once again edged out by the smallest of margins.

Elsewhere, the Royal Artillery kept their perfect record in tact with a 40-30 home triumph against REME, the beaten side slipping to a third straight loss.

In Division Two, second-placed Royal Signals overcame Royal Armoured Corps 30-22, while the leaders Infantry were handed a 20-0 walkover by Army Air Corps.

OCdt George Stevenson scored a brilliant hat-trick and also landed a trio of conversions for a 21-point haul as Division Three table-toppers Army Medical Services overcame the International Corps 36-12.

WO2 Glen McAllister, LCpl Matt Bradbury and LCpl Dillon Sonnex-Crawley also crossed the whitewash, with Cpl Ceri Jones completing the scoring with a conversion.

While OCdt Stevenson was man-of-the-match, there were also strong performances for the leaders from SSgt Dave Bea and, WO2 Ni Butler, the latter kicking his side’s first 50-22 of the season.

The game between the Adjutant General Corps and the Royal Army Physical Training Corps will now be played on Wednesday, November 29.

In the Masters’ League, leaders REME overcame RA 32-22 for a third straight win, while RE took a walkover against RLC.

Words © Richard Ashton

Images – Alligin Photography © Cat Goryn