Friday, October 22, 1999 Published at 16:00 GMT 17:00 UK
Sport: Rugby League
Brits suffer Brisbane battering
Australia's Shaun Timms tackles Gray Connolly of Great Britain
Australia 42-6 Great Britain & Ireland
Great Britain suffered a chastening experience in Brisbane, as Australia romped to a seven-try victory over the tourists.
It was the first time the teams had met on Australian soil for seven years.
But any hopes Andy Goodway's men had of pulling off a surprise defeat were dashed by a powerful second-half display from the Kangeroos.
It was a story of missed opportunities for Great Britain.
Even midway through the second half the result never looked like becoming a one-sided affair.
But in the last 15 minutes, Britain collapsed and the Green and Gold romped into the final with a string of well-taken tries.
Australia surged into a 10-0 lead at the start of the game after Britain were reduced to 12 men when Denis Betts was sin-binned.
The visitors hit back and had a number of impressive moments on the attack, only to be repelled by the Australians' formidable last-ditch defending.
But Great Britain and Ireland received their just rewards in the dying seconds of the first half, as Iestyn Harris turned the opposition inside out with a side-stepping run to score under the posts.
Going into the second half, hopes of an upset were still alive.
But the Australians showed their true class after the break.
Four tries in the last 17 minutes, including a glorious 80-yard effort from ace winger Wendell Sailor and two other magnificent ones by full-back Darren Lockyer, condemned Goodway's team to one of the blackest days in Lions' history.
Brett Kimmorley and Matt Gidley were Australia's other tryscorers and winger Mat Rogers kicked six goals from six attempts, with Ryan Girdler adding a seventh.
The defeat, which was worse than the 35-0 battering in Brisbane 20 years ago, means that Britain need to beat New Zealand by at least 20 points in Auckland next Friday to book their place in the November 5 final.
Australia: Lockyer, Rogers, Gidley, Timmins, Sailor, Johns, Kimmorley, Britt, Gower, Howe, Flecther, Kosef, Fittler. Substitutes: Girdler, D Smith, J Smith, Vella.
Great Britain & Ireland: Radlinski, Robinson, Connolly, Senior, Sullivan, Harris, Sheridan, Laughton, Cunningham, McDermott, Betts, Morley, Farrell. Substitutes: Long, Anderson, Sculthorpe, Hay. Referee: D Pakieto.
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