UKAF In Fiesty Final World Cup Warm-Up

Sparks flew as the UK Armed Forces rugby league side took on England Universities.

The UK Armed Forces rugby league side have played their final warm-up match before the Defence World Cup next month.

The game was acting as a curtain raiser to the Super Engage League match between Leeds Rhinos and Leigh Centurions at Headingley Carnegie Stadiu0m in Leeds.

The UKAF team got off to a flying start with a try from Si Wray after just six minutes.

However, the Uni side hit back quickly, scoring twice within five minutes.

First up, Jacob Morgan went over the line, finishing off a neat move out wide before Zack McComb followed suit.

The next 20 minutes were full of incident and on 38 minutes that man Wray crossed again.

Scott Stevenson and Dan Hankinson combined well to get Wray over the line and Ryan Matthews kicked the extra points to draw the teams level at 10-10.

The real flashpoint came just before half time. A disagreement in the midfield led to players receiving yellow cards on both sides and a penalty to the students.

It was a penalty that they took full advantage of, to find themselves up 12-10 up at the interval.

The universities came out firing in the second half and took control of the game.

It was quickly 22-10 thanks to tries from Dan Harrison and Lewis Taylor and a Sam Druce conversion.

However, UKAF more than held their own in the final 20 minutes of the match.

Big man Jordan Anrade managed to spin out of a tackle and touch down left of the posts. Ryan Williams easily kicked the extras.   

Elliot Hall replied for the students before a sneaky one-pointer from Druce effectively put the game out of the Armed Forces' reach. 

Wray, though, isn't a man defeated - he slid in for a hat-trick of tries but English Universities had the last say, again through Hall and Druce, and came away 35-20 winners.