The UK Armed Forces rugby league team have been at an intensive training camp at RAF Cranwell in preparation for the Forces World Cup in Australia.
It’s the opportunity of a lifetime for the 25 players from the Army, Navy and RAF – and there’s no holding back as they aim for a place in the final squad to fly to Sydney at the end of June.
On Wednesday they took on the English University students in the third match in their build-up.
And while they may have won 22-10, they had to fight all the way - exactly the match head coach Damian Clayton wanted and expected.
A strong and talented student team led the match 10-6 at half time - Adam Flintham getting the UKAF try.
The servicemen also had three other tries disallowed, before - in an increasingly dominant second half - they eventually got the breakthrough with Si Wray levelling after a great run.
The forces players added two further tries from Micky Hoyle and James Hutchinson before Ryan Matthews kicked a penalty on the whistle .
The UKAF have one final warm-up game to play, taking on the students again in a fortnight at Headingley.
The first match in the world cup will be against Fiji on Friday, July 7, and they also face New Zealand and Australia.