Navy sunk by Skirlaugh

Royal Navy, white, aim to power through at Burnaby Road
Royal Navy, white, aim to power through at Burnaby Road
Tom Whitehouse. Picture: Neil Marshall (171730-81)

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The Royal Navy crashed out of the rugby league’s Challenge Cup – losing 36-4 to Skirlaugh at Burnaby Road.

The first half proved a hard-fought affair with few clear chances for either side.

But the visitors grabbed the initiative by making the most of their limited opportunities.

They capitalised on several defensive lapses by the navy and the sin-binning of Manoa Satola to score two tries without reply.

Stuart Smith got the first when he crossed.

Royal Navy fought back but were denied a route through.

The home revival was dented further by a second Skirlaugh try and a penalty to make it 12-0 at the interval.

Early in the second half, Skirlaugh pounced on a loose ball to score under the posts before the navy finally got on the scoreboard.

Fijian winger Kitione Kamikamika forced his way over.

But Skirlaugh regained control and secured a comfortable passage into the next round.