The Royal Logistics Corps extended their winning start to the Corps Championships this week, while the Royal Engineers got their campaign up and running.
RLC travelled to play the Infantry in Round 2, no doubt still buzzing from their opening day 44-20 win over the reigning champions the Sappers. Meanwhile the Infantry were playing their first game in League 1 after their promotion at the end of last season, having conceded their Round 1 clash to REME.
The 80 minutes went the way of the form book, RLC winning 41-12 to solidify their place at the top of the table.
Elsewhere in League 1 the Royal Engineers got back into the winning habit when they welcomed REME to Medway RFC in a rematch of the 2022 final.
LCpl Cakau got the scoring underway, scrum-half Spr McDonald firing out a long pass to bypass the REME defence, and after the teams exchanged penalties Cpl Veikune and LCpl Graham put the Sappers firmly in control, the winger making a great break down the right touchline on the way to the whitewash.
Leading 24-3 at the break, the Engineers did not relent in the second half, LCpl Cakau getting a second, and Spr Cooper-Meadows and Spr Waqanisauvaki putting the contest to bed.
LCpl Booth stretched over to take the Sappers within touching distance of the half-century mark, and while REME’s pack drove over for a pair of late tries it was far too little and too late, 48-15 the final score.
The game of Round 2 came in League 2 between the Royal Artillery and Royal Signals.
The Gunners hit the ground running in Round 1, but they were pushed all the way on home turf by the Signals. A missed conversion was the only difference at half-time, the Gunners leading 14-12, but the Signals added eight points after the break to hit the front.
This sparked one lead change after another, the Gunners scoring a try to go 21-20 up, the Signals replying with a penalty and then the RA earning a bonus point to make the score 26-23.
The players were not finished yet, and while the Gunners scored a fifth try to go 31-23 up the Signals scored a converted try a couple of minutes from time. But there was not enough time on the clock for them to complete the comeback, RA winning 31-30.
Elsewhere in League 2 the Army Medical Services went down at home to the Royal Armoured Corps 7-53, the Armoured Corps notching up 9 try’s a bonus point on their way to victory over a spirited Medics side.
In League 3 the Adjutant Generals Corps got a 31-20 win on the road away to the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, in the other scheduled match for the League the Intelligence Corps were unfortunately unable to field a side meaning a home bonus point forfeit win for the Army Air Corps.
The AMS Women’s team also had a home loss, REME heading home with a 27-7 result which consolidated their place at the top of the table, while with the AGC unfortunately unable to field a team the Gunners were awarded a home bonus point win.
Head to www.armyrugbyunion.org.uk/competition/corps-championship/ for all the league standings, and the teams will reconvene on November 23rd for Round 3.
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