HUDDERSFIELD Giants have taken the Army by storm!
A day working at the Army Foundation College in Harrogate confirmed the Giants' status as men with natural leadership qualities.
In a break from the usual training regime, coach Jon Sharp's Super League squad were put through their paces by the British military machine - and passed with flying colours.
Demanding Army `command task' exercises proved no major obstacle for tough rugby league players, who tackled each challenge with all guns blazing.
They were efforts which made a lasting impression on the senior soldiers overseeing their efforts, leading them all to believe that the Giants stars would make perfect military material.
"I think some of us were a bit sceptical when we heard the Giants would be coming," admitted captain and platoon commander Iain Kerrigan, who was in charge of co-ordinating the session.
"We didn't know how they would feel about taking part in exercises of this nature.
"But we needn't have worried.
"They all listened well to our instructions, communicated intelligently with each other and, most importantly, they successfully completed their tasks.
"We certainly can't say that about some of the soldiers who take part in command tasks.
"But it was clear that when the Giants started to find the going tough, they all had the mental strength, the physical capability and the natural competitiveness to keep going.
"When they got into their stride it was obvious this was a very special group of people. They were professionals."
The Army challenged the Giants to attempt to complete three command tasks.
In groups of three, the players had to find ways of crossing imaginery water obstacles by using ropes, climbing frames and building bridges out of gymnasium equipment.
Another exercise tested the Giants' ability to think quickly on their feet and work as a team to elude fellow colleagues who were cast in the role of cannibals!
This highly intense morning's work was followed in the afternoon by Sevens sessions when the Giants joined forces with the Army Foundation College's rugby league squad.
It gave the young soldiers the opportunity to work alongside Super League players in a competitive environment and receive tips from the Giants coaching staff.
And the sessions were very gratefully received.
"This was the club's way of saying `thank you' for the help we have given them," added captain Kerrigan.
"Rugby league is very strong at the College and last year we beat Australian side St Mary's during a tour to the country.
"We also hosted the Penrith Panthers junior side, who played the Giants in November, and we'll be welcoming the senior side as they prepare to play Bradford Bulls in the World Club Challenge (at the McAlpine) next month.
"I hope Huddersfield enjoyed their day with us, because I know we enjoyed having them here."
For the rest of the week, the Giants are based 10 miles away at the Deverall Barracks in Ripon, where they have been concentrating on more routine rugby league training.