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Wednesday, 6 November, 2002, 11:02 GMT
November fireworks
There will be a string of key battles to look forward to when Great Britain and New Zealand clash over three Tests in November.

But few will be more mouth-watering than the power battle between Adrian Morley and Kiwi rival Ali Lauiti'iti.

The pair last met in the NRL Grand Final, with Morley emerging victorious as the Sydney Roosters defeated the New Zealand Warriors.

Here, Morley and Lauiti'iti assess each other's strengths and weaknesses.


Morley on Lauiti'iti

Where do you start with Ali. He is a pretty complete footballer, he is still a young lad and he has a big future ahead of him.

At whatever level he plays at, he is a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to play against.

He is an exceptionally nice bloke off the field as well.


He seems to have two-foot hands and appears to hold the ball like a tennis ball!
Morley on Lauiti'iti

He boasts a lot of all-round skills, is a powerful runner and has amazing ball skills.

Added to that, he seems to have two-foot hands and appears to hold the ball like a tennis ball!

It is always good to test yourself against the best players in the world and he is one of them.

I am looking forward to it as it is going to be a good battle all round, but we have to remember that he is only one part of a phenomenal pack.


Lauiti'iti on Morley

Adrian is a great player and sadly he had a great Grand Final against us. In fact, he had a great season in general.

As a player, he seems to have gone from strength to strength and worryingly insists we have yet to see his best.

It is always great to play against him but this time I hope the pleasure will be all mine, as I try to get one over him.

Adrian Morley on the attack for the Roosters
Morley: His plus points are many, says Lauiti'iti
His plus points are so many: he is powerful; he hits you hard every time; he is a strong runner; and he is equally skilful at off-loading the ball at exactly the right time.

If Great Britain talk about reliability then Adrian goes straight to the top of any list.

From my point of view, I was let down a bit by my ball control and my defence in the Grand Final against Adrian.

I think I have put that right now and plan to get the better of him. Whatever happens, it ought to be a great contest.

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