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banner Saturday, 17 November, 2001, 21:13 GMT
Johns warns against complacency
Australia never looked like losing the clash in Bolton
Australia never looked like losing the clash in Bolton
Australia's man-of-the-match Andrew Johns congratulated his side on their 40-12 second Test victory over Great Britain on Saturday, but warned that the job was only half done.

Australia overwhelmed Andy Farrell's men at Bolton, scoring six tries and romping into a 24-0 half-time lead.

The result levels the series at 1-1, after Great Britain secured the opening Test 20-12 at Huddersfield.

The home side finally responded though tries from Paul Sculthorpe and Leon Pryce, but the game was never in doubt.

"We were under-prepared last week in the opening Test," Johns said.


The defence was superb and we're looking forward to next week - it's going to be a great finale
Australian stand-off Trent Barrett
"But we were desperate to win tonight. The fact that we haven't lost an Ashes series in 31 years wasn't really mentioned.

"You could tell tonight that we didn't really need to."

Johns, who scored two tries and kicked five conversions, said the victory was impressive, but they could still improve ahead of the final Test at the JJB Stadium in Wigan next weekend.

"We did make some mistakes," he said. "We tend to try and throw the ball around a bit too much.

"I guess I'm guilty of that - but there's so much talent in the side, sometimes we have to just back ourselves."

Pryce, who dived over in the final minutes to grab Great Britain's second try, admitted that they had come off second best.

"We knew that they'd come back at us after the first game," he said. Pryce added that his side were devastated with the result, but said the series was far from over.

"We do need to get back to the drawing board," he said," but we're still very much alive in the series."

Australian stand-off Trent Barrett, meanwhile, echoed the words of Johns, but paid tribute to a superb performance. "The defence was superb and we're looking forward to next week - it's going to be a great finale."

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