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Friday, 12 July, 2002, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Australia rout woeful GB
Gorden Tallis barges over for Australia's sixth try
Tallis barges over for Australia's sixth try
Australia 64-10 Great Britain

Great Britain were given a painful lesson in basic rugby league skills as Australia handed the tourists a record Test defeat in Sydney.

The Kangaroos confirmed their status as the world's dominant side in an embarassingly one-sided contest at the Aussie Stadium.

Captain Andrew Johns sparked an 11-try rout, having a hand in eight of them and converting all but one for a 20-point personal haul.

There were also notable contributions from powerhouse prop Shane Webcke, replacement Willie Mason and full-back Darren Lockyer.

  Scoreboard
Australia (64):
Tries: McKenna, Hill 2, Lockyer 2, Mason, Tallis, Timmins, Buderus, Tuqiri, Tahu
Cons: Johns 10
G Britain (10):
Tries: Pratt, Sinfield
Con: Sculthorpe

But Great Britain contributed greatly to their own downfall, missing 27 tackles in the first-half alone as Australia were out of sight after half an hour.

The visitors' capitulation surpassed their previous record 50-12 defeat by the Australians at Swinton in 1963.

And it followed a promising opening period in which they displayed tenacity in defence and a willingness to match the world champions in the physical exchanges.

But when Australian stand-off Trent Barrett broke clear from deep inside his own half in the 13th minute, the danger signs were ominous.

That move failed to result in a try, but when the first from Chris McKenna came in the 18th minute, the floodgates opened to an alarming degree.

Five more followed in the next 20 minutes, with Australia exploiting the gaping holes in Britain's defence at will.

Willie Mason charges at the Great Britain defence
Mason was a major threat on his introduction to Test rugby

A four-to-three overlap saw McKenna dive over in the right corner from a low pass from Scott Hill, who added the second swiftly afterwards as the Kangaroos swamped the blindside.

Johns converted both, and was at the heart of every Australian move with his penetrative range of passing constantly finding gaps.

A sublime dummy and sidestep baffled two would-be British tacklers as he broke away to send Lockyer over for the third after 25 minutes.

Four minutes later it was the bouffon-haired Mason who took an inside pass from Johns to barge over from close range, the captain converting again for a 24-0 lead.

Hill grabbed his second try from another short-side move before the formidable Gorden Tallis got in on the action just before half-time.

There was little respite for Great Britain after the interval, as centre Shaun Timmins barged through two half-hearted tackles within minutes of the resumption.

The visitors did manage to stage a mini fightback with two tries in as many minutes, but the revival was all too brief.

Barrie McDermott cannot find a way past Trent Barrett's tackle
Barrie McDermott's charge is halted by Barrett

First Andy Farrell created space for debutant Karl Pratt to score in the left corner, before Britain's best performer Paul Sculthorpe set up Kevin Sinfield.

But that only served to rouse Australia once more, as they reeled off four tries in seven minutes around the hour mark.

Webcke played a major part in three of them with decisive bursts as Buderus and wings Lote Tuqiri and Timana Tahu all made it onto the scoresheet.

The outstanding Lockyer then added a spectacular 11th try for the home side in the 66th minute after more naive defending allowed Johns the space to weave his magic.

Barrett was carried off with a knee injury eight minutes from time, and the Kangaroos eased off to spare any further British blushes.


Australia: Lockyer, Tuqiri, Timmins, McKenna, Tahu, Barrett, Johns, Webcke, Buderus, Ryles, Tallis, Simpson, Hill.
Replacements: Tate, Mason, Menzies, Stevens.

Great Britain: Radlinski, Johnson, Wellens, Senior, Pratt, Sculthorpe, Sheridan, O'Connor, Cunningham, McDermott, Peacock, Fielden, Farrell.
Replacements: Joynt, Gleeson, Newton, Sinfield.

Referee: Russell Smith (England)

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