The UK Armed Forces Rugby League team are licking their wounds and hitting the training hard ahead of their final Defence World Cup action in Australia.
They now face New Zealand and in their down time they’ve been passing on their experience at the grass roots level and have been winning a new set of fans.
I joined the team as they paid a visit to Marconi Rugby League Club to help with training- and they found that playing tough games of rugby league is probably easier than being quizzed by a bunch of seven-year-olds.
Despite tasting defeat in their first two games – to reigning champions Australia and to Fiji, the UK team's tournament is far from over.
And while bruised and battered they may be, beaten they are not.
Garry Dunn takes to the pitch later today - now a veteran of three World Cups, he's been doubling up as assistant coach out here. He said:
"I've not seen their heads go down in the previous two losses - the attitude's been there, definitely the drive."
Like the UK, the Kiwis have also lost their two group games against Australia and Fiji, and certainly neither team will want to go home without a win.