The Royal Engineers secured the Festival title after a thrilling final at the Army Rugby Stadium Aldershot. In a match noted for aggressive defence the Sappers retained their composure in the knowledge that ‘more of the same’ should eventually win the day. It did. RE 17pts—RLC 5
Noxy waited until he had grounded the ball before that stadium wide grin emerged.
The RLC responded with a great forward try taken up by prop Joe Baker, who looks a completely different shape from 2011-12, and scored by replacement forward Luk Raluqa. Scrum half Gareth Barry also looked sharp and keen to wear a red shirt.
Ben Hughes, Sapper coach, was clearly pleased with his first victory at the helm. As skipper Fraser Deeming lifted the trophy high, he emphasised that the majority of his squad were new to Sapper rugby and said “I look forward to working with such young talent as centre Cavs Tabuna and No8 Joe McLean. The last couple of days have shown that we have strength in depth”.
The early season Corps Festival, sponsored by Optimum Nutrition, has proved to be a great pipe opener for Army rugby.
AGC 31pts—RAPTC 14