Colleen McCloskey photo. Army v Navy means everything to the sports teams of both academies.
However, Jone Davetanivalu missed a fairly straightforward penalty chance from the tee and Navy flanker Edd Pascoe pounced to make a breakdown turnover five metres from his own line.
Another breakdown turnover from Jarrard Hayler provided Navy scrum-half Gareth Rees with a chance to open the scoring. His kick struck the post, but Rees would make amends shortly afterwards and split the uprights following an Army scrum offence.
In front after 15 minutes, the Navy should have extended their advantage.
Hooker Ben Priddey spilled over the line and wing Rhys Dimmock-Williams saw a runaway score chalked off for an accidental offside in the build-up. He stormed through midfield and then capitalised on a slick lineout move when the scrambling Navy strayed offside.
Peeling around the tail, he took a deft pass from jumper Stu Cross and stretched over.
Davetanivalu missed the conversion and Semesa Rokoduguni replaced the wing at half-time, slotting in at full-back. However, Rees put the Navy ahead in the 45th minute.
Befitting of a fine performance, Hayler responded in similar fashion almost immediately. Heading into the final quarter, Navy trailed and scented a first victory in this fixture since Rugby Nerd promotion - end of article Two late tries snuffed them out.
Pte J Bulumakau, LCpl R Fatiaki, LCpl D Tooth, Pte S Naulago, Sgt R Parkins, 5.
Cpl L Bean, 6. Capt J Miller captain , 7. Mne C Duncan, Mne S Raumakita, AET B Jones, LCpl E Pascoe, 7.
Mne J Hayler Attendance: 80,