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Sappers Supreme at Corps One Day Festival

Int Corps Take League 2 with AGC Women Winners

The Royal Engineers made a clean sweep of the league stages at the Autumn Corps Festival. But there were scary moments during their passage to the Final where they met a buoyant RLC XV that had arrived with something to spare.

Sappers v Signals - close run
Sappers v Signals – close run

Despite the absence of some Army players the Final was a cracker with both sides having clear opportunities to win. With the Sappers 12 pts to the good—drama and, as always, controversy ! The RLC might have found some ‘extra oomph’ for one more heave when the referee saw fit to flourish a ‘red’ towards the men from Chatham. The Sappers, a coherent team, closed ranks to cover the potential gaps. Dave Bird and Rob Taylor, both at lock secured the ball before safely releasing it to Tom O’Rourke who was outstanding at No 10. Sappers 12 pts—RLC Nil.

Sappers attack
Sappers attack

The Division 2 final started ‘even-stevens’ on ‘previous’ but the Int Corps moved smoothly through the gears for a commanding 26pts–10 victory against the AGC. James Everleigh (ALS) was the pick in a first class match whilst U23 Army full back Tom Lowe (Int) found lots of space to attack.

Tom Lowe (Int) opens up
Tom Lowe (Int) opens up

The Women proved their ‘form’ in the early season with a number of new faces showing the sort of credentials needed for higher selection. In a ding-dong vociferously supported final, Army loose head Charlie Maxwell led the AGC to overtake the much fancied RLC for a late 12 pts–10 victory.

RLC go wide
RLC go wide

This was the day for the unsung players who, in their hundreds aspired to represent their Corps. If the Army players had been out in force the results might have been different –but they weren’t and it wasn’t.

Sadly there were a number of ‘no shows’ which is, within the rugby family, mightily disrespectful to those who were organized, got themselves fit and paid their money.

A thoroughly good days’ rugby superbly organized behind the furrowed brow of Lt Col Paul Stannett where everyone played at least three games — with a great hog roast thrown in for good measure.

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