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  Saturday, 17 November, 2001, 18:38 GMT
Clockwatch: GB 12-40 Australia
Great Britain v Australia - second Ashes Test
All the action from Bolton's Reebok Stadium as Great Britain are thumped by Australia in the second Ashes Test.

Latest action appears first.


GB 12-40 Australia - Full-time

79mins: Lockyer throws the ball away to Forshaw, and Wellens slips the ball to Pryce on the wing who races in from 20m out. It gives a modicum of respectability to the scoreline, but the game was lost in the first-half. Farrell's conversion from the touch-line adds nothing but two points.
GB 12-40 Australia

75mins: At last Britain get some aggression in their game with Fielden squaring up to Meyers. When play comes back into Australian territory, Sinfield's kick through on the last tackle trickles harmlessly over the in-goal line.

71mins: Captain Farrell rumbles upfield to spark Britain into life as they seek some positives from the match to take into the deciding Test next Saturday.

68mins: After a bullocking run from prop Anderson, Sculthorpe spins and twists out of Carlaw's tackle to get Britain on the board with a try. Farrell's conversion is successful.
GB 6-40 Australia

64mins: Gidley crunches Sinfield in a ball-and-all tackle with the hosts on attack. Britain are devoid of creativity and cannot find a way to breach the defence.

60mins: It seems Australia can prise the British defence open at will. Barrett regathers his own kick through and Senior is forced to kick the ball dead in-goal. Britain must absorb more pressure and a huge McDermott tackle forces Barrett to spill the ball.

58mins: Great Britain lose the ball running the ball out of defence and have to soak up more pressure from the now rampant Kangaroos. But a rare mistake from Lyon gives the hosts back the ball without any punishment.

53mins: It's all too easy for Australia. Great Britain are penalised for being in front of the kicker from the restart and the tourists sweep down the field. Kennedy busts through some ineffective tackles to go under the posts. Johns add the two extra points and it is now a rout.
GB 0-40 Australia

50mins: Once more Britain go to the air on the last tackle and fail to come up with the ball. Australia win a penalty and then surge upfield. The ball goes wide and Johns finds Gidley who gives MacDougall a pass to allow him to scoot over in the corner from a metre out. Johns misses for the first time.
GB 0-34 Australia

48mins: Britain, on attack, fail to make headway and Peacock loses the ball forward. Lyon brings the ball away for Australia, brushing aside a would-be tackler to put the tourists on attack.

46mins: The match is halted while Britain's Peacock is treated for a mouth injury.

44mins: Kennedy slips a pass to Johns which would have put him in the clear, but the half-back fails to hold the ball. In desperation, Great Britain fling the ball around, but find no way through.

42mins: Johns drops his shoulder and darts past three Great Britain tacklers and crosses near the posts to put the match beyond doubt. Johns converts his own try.
GB 0-30 Australia

41mins: Johns gets the second-half underway with Great Britain facing a heavy defeat. They need to show some urgency and some pride or they could be in danger of being humiliated.

GB 0-24 Australia - Half-time

40mins: Anasta drops a straightforward kick and Great Britain win a penalty from the resulting scrum. With the seconds counting down a cross-field bomb goes out of play as the half-time hooter sounds.

39mins: A kick through bounces awkwardly for Radlinski and Anasta almost gets his hands on the ball to dot down for his second try. The 19-year-old winger, under pressure from Radlinski, knocks the ball on and Great Britain restart from the 20m line.

37mins: Johns is helped from the field with a rib injury, but gingerly goes back on after treatment.

36mins: Great Britain again come up empty-handed after a period on attack. Johnson is tackled on the last tackle and Australia, displaying sleight of hand, break free from their line.

33mins: The ball goes up the other end and when Australia have a chance to put the ball in the air, Anasta out-leaps Pryce to steal the ball from his grasp. He beats the defence to notch Australia's fourth try of the half. Johns makes it four from four to compound the misery for Great Britain.
Australia 24-0 GB

30mins: Great Britain are on attack and Pryce climbs and very nearly claims a high ball, but knocks it on. There appears no way through for the hosts and the big kick in the air seems their best chance of breaching the Australian defence.

27mins: Great Britain come up with the ball on attack after Australia fail to hold a high ball. The hosts need to score to stay in the match, but despite Sculthorpe's best attempts they cannot find a way through.

24mins: Australia keep the ball alive close the Great Britain line, they probe for openings before Lockyer spies a gap and darts through to score despite Radlinski's covering tackle. Johns adds the extra two points as Australia have the game firmly in their grasp.
Australia 18-0 GB

22mins: Frustrated by their lack of success in finding a way through the Australian defence, Great Britain attempt to run the ball on the last tackle. But they are harried into mistakes and lose ground before kicking the ball away.

20mins: Australia, playing with more confidence than in the first Test, continue to stretch the home defence. Great Britain's efforts are not helped by an errant kicking game from Farrell which allows the tourists to launch counter-attacks from their own territory.

16mins: A Farrell bomb is fielded by Tuqiri on his own line and he bursts upfield. The winger beats three tacklers in reaching the half-way line before feeding Johns. He passes inside to Lockyer who draws the covering tacklers before sending Johns free to score near the corner. Johns lands the conversion from out wide.
Australia 12-0 GB

13mins: Great Britain's Connolly puts in a big tackle on Tuqiri to make him spill the ball. With the hosts on attack, Peacock's kick is too deep and goes dead in-goal allowing Australia to clear their lines.

12mins: Pryce is again called upon to mop up a grubber-kick from Johns with Tuqiri closing in quickly.

9mins: A huge up-and-under by Johns puts Pryce under pressure, but the Great Britain winger comes up with a brilliant catch to dissolve the threat.

7mins: Kennedy flicks a ball inside to Lockyer, but he is stopped in a desperate tackle by Radlinski. From the next tackle, Lockyer is over the line, but loses the ball forward and Great Britain breathe again.

5mins: Australia, controlling possession a lot better than in the first Test, contrive an opening for Fittler, and the Australian captain steps past a hapless Radlinski to score under the posts. Johns adds the conversion.
Australia 6-0 GB

4mins: Radlinski fields a kick through by Johns, but a few tackles later is crunched in a bruising tackle.

2mins: Aggressive defence on both sides dominates the opening exchanges, but both lines fail to be breached.

Kick-off: Paul Sculthorpe kicks the ball deep into Australian territory get the match underway in front of a packed Reebok Stadium.


Great Britain coach David Waite keeps faith with the side that took them to a 20-12 win in the first Test.

His Australian counterpart Chris Anderson has been forced to make one change, with prop Jason Stevens banned for one match.

Jason Ryles comes into the starting line-up, while Brad Meyers will start the match on the bench.


Great Britain: Radlinski; Pryce, Connolly, Senior, Johnson; Sculthorpe, Sinfield; McDermott, Forshaw, O'Connor, Joynt, Peacock, Farrell (capt). Substitutes: Wellens, Horne, Anderson, Fielden.

Australia: Lockyer; Tuqiri, Lyon, Gidley, MacDougall; Barrett, Johns; Kearns, Buderus, Ryles, Carlaw, Kennedy, Fittler (capt). Substitutes: Civoniceva, Meyers, Vella, Anasta.

Referee: Bill Harrigan (Australia).


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