The UK Armed Forces men's rugby union team have enjoyed victory over Bristol United in their annual Remembrance fixture.

The military side ran in six converted tries in a 42-26 comeback victory at Ashton Gate, as the sport once more remembered the fallen.

This year's Remembrance match, held for the Royal British Legions' Poppy Appeal, was the eighth occasion a forces side had taken on Bristol opposition.

UK Armed Forces vs Bristol Utd Remembrance rugby match 2017

The military men would eventually enjoy a handsome victory in front of a 3,000-strong crowd, but it was their hosts who set the pace early on with two tries.

Iwan Hughes dived in for a converted score after 15 minutes, before Bristol doubled their lead minutes later.

George Perkins cut through a yawning gap in the UKAF defence to dash home for try number two.

The forces side dug in, though, opting for grunt over glamour - which saw them register their first points after half an hour.

After winning a line-out they rumbled their way over the line, with Matty Dwyer touching down for a converted try.

UK Armed Forces vs Bristol Utd Remembrance rugby match 2017

But having narrowed the points tally, UKAF succumbed to a soft try on the stroke of half-time, which saw Bristol re-establish their 14-point lead.

James Newey gathered a loose kick to stroll in under the posts, putting his side 21-7 ahead.

But a superb second-half display from the forces side was to see them blitz their opponents with a succession of converted tries.

First, Lance Corporal Chris Leathem burst free, finding Army colleague Owain Davies in support before the RAF's Toby Mann dived in at the corner.

The fired-up Leathem then helped UKAF level the scores.

As the ball made its way along the line, the 1st Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment soldier galloped his way deep into Bristol territory.

UK Armed Forces vs Bristol Utd Remembrance rugby match 2017

A few phases later and skipper Rob Bell was flopping over for the all-important score. By now Bristol were struggling, as wave after purple wave poured forward.

The home side's defence was breached once more, with members of the forces front five doing the damage this time; Lewis Bean, Ed Pascoe and Nathaneal Titchard Jones combining for the latter to score and put his side in front.

Leathem then popped up again for an interception try as the home side wilted, putting UKAF 35-21 up.

Bristol did claim their fourth try of an entertaining contest, with Tom Hargan touching down after Newey's grubber kick.

But it came too late to influence the eventual outcome - and the final say went to UKAF, after Bean powered home for his side's sixth try. LCpl Leathem said:

"You can see what it means to the crowds who come to watch, [with] the support we get and [also] what it does for the charity.

"It's really, really important that we... put on a show to keep this fixture going, and we did that tonight."

UKAF head coach, Warrant Officer Class 2 Gareth Evans, said:

"For some of these guys, they'll have friends and colleagues who have made that ultimate sacrifice.

"It was about us controlling our emotions... and understanding that come that first whistle we were going to go and have a real go at Bristol."

"I couldn't be prouder... All of those players were fantastic. They worked hard, they stuck together. [It was] all of the good, core values of the military. 

"It was really pleasing that that got us over the line we have a fantastic win."

It was an entertaining fixture perfect for the occasion, much like the women's match held on the same night.

But for the servicemen involved, it was all about the pride and the hope the Remembrance games live on.

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You can catch all the action from both Remembrance games and much more on tonight's Forces Sports Show, only on Forces TV (Sky 264, Virgin 277, Freesat 165 and Freeview 96) at 6pm UK time...

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