Great Britain Armed Forces lost their clash with the Combined Australian Services on Wednesday in Brisbane.
The final score was 26-24, with a last-minute try winning the game for the Australians.
GB head coach Warrant Officer Damian Clayton felt that his team should have hung on to the win.
“With two minutes to go and two points up, we should have controlled things better,” he said.
“The game changer for me was when the ball bounced to their player after we had stormed out of the blocks, it just didn’t fall our way and they scored in the first half.
“After that score we struggled to gain the momentum we had from kick-off. We battled back and got our rewards by levelling it at 22-22 and getting ahead by two with eight minutes to go.
“The lads wanted to keep playing and fair play to them for that, but I am heartbroken for them, to have come so far, to have done so much, and to lose like that.”
Combined Australian Services
1 Mahn Darley, 2 Tavis Nicholson, 3 Mitch Simington, 4 Keven Allsopp, 5 Josh Lees, 6 Dylan McGregor, 7 Mitch Knowles, 8 Pat Inskip, 9 Joel Munro, 10 Will Salway, 11 Rob Worsley, 15 Siaka King, 13 Jack Blaine
Interchange: 14 Dylan Buckingham, 16 Jason Brand, 17 Mitch Morton, 18 Sean Colville
Great Britain Armed Forces
1 Cpl James Hutchinson, 2 Cpl Si Wray, 3 Cpl Dave Hankinson, 4 Logs S Buinimasi,
5 SPR S Viekune, 6 Cpl James Young, 7 Sgt Garry Dunn, 8 SAC Josh Scott, 9 CPO Kev Botwood, 10 Capt Tom Howley, 11 LAET Ben Taylor, 12 Cpl Lee Queeley, 13 AET Tommy Wilkinson
Interchange: 14 SAC Lee Davies, 15 LAET Mark Robinson, 16 SAC Jordan Andrade, 17 SAC Liam Bradley, 18 CSgt Jordan Kerman
Combined Australian Services 26 (Tries Allsop 2, Darley, Simington; Goals Darley 4)
Great Britain Armed Services 24 (Tries Viekune 2, Young, Howley; Goals Wray 4)