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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 November, 2004, 18:04 GMT
As-it-happened: GB 4-44 Australia

All the action as Australia totally outclass Great Britain to win the Tri-Nations title in Leeds. (all times GMT).


80 mins: The match peters out to a terribly downbeat end for Great Britain as they slump to an emphatic defeat.

But Australia take the Tri-Nations title after an outstanding display of attack and defence.

76 mins: A brilliant break from Keith Senior almost ends in a try but the Australian cover defence gets to him just in time.

And from the resulting play-the-ball a dreadful pass from Stuart Fielden ends all the attacking momentum for the Lions.

74 mins: Sean Long bursts into a half gap but his pass goes straight into the arms of Danny Buderus.

72 mins: Another brilliant kick from Darren Lockyer forces Stuart Reardon to get rid of the ball and concede the drop-out under the posts.

71 mins: The fans are voting with their feet as a stream of British fans walk out of the ground.

70 mins: Martin Gleeson is producing Britain's main attacking threat with his steps inside, but there is little support available for the centre to make anything of his half breaks.

69 mins: Sean O'Loughlin puts up a high ball, but Matt Sing deals with it expertly inside his own try area.

68 mins: Great Britain force a repeat set after a decent kick through.

64 mins: Willie Mason is brushing off tackles with ease as he continues his powerful runs straight through the middle of the Lions defence.

62 mins: Danny McGuire shows his array of skill with a dummy and a series of steps to breach the Australia defence..

Terry Newton looks to have dived over for Great Britain's second try, but the video referee disallows the effort after Brett Kimmorley's superb tackle prevents the Lions hooker from touching the ball down.

61 mins: The match is becoming increasingly loose and Andy Farrell regains possession after Shaun Berrigan coughs up the ball.

But after working through a decent set of tackles a nothing kick from Terry Newton dribbles out of play.

59 mins: Great Britain have at least slowed the rate at which the scoreboard is ticking over.

57 mins: Australia give the ball away with a loose pass, but the British fans can barely raise themselves to a cheer.

56 mins: A mix-up in midfield gives possession back to the Kangaroos after Stuart Fielden gets his angles wrong and knocks on.

54 mins: Australia are showing absolutely no sign of letting up and continue to keep Great Britain under the most intense pressure.

52 mins: Another smart kick from Shane Webcke sees Brian Carney forced off the pitch in his try area as Australia earn another set of six.

51 mins: Willie Mason's size and power are causing untold problems for Great Britain up the middle.

48 mins: The gods are not smiling on Great Britain at all.

Their first fluent move in the match sees Paul Wellens send out a long pass to Brian Carney to go over the whitewash in the corner, but referee Russell Smith correctly rules the pass forward.

47 mins: Darren Lockyer proves he is human after all as he knocks on - his first mistake of the match.

46 mins: Tonie Carroll breezes through the Lions defence with barely a challenge before being bought down by last line of defence Paul Wellens.

43 mins: Great Britain 4-44 Australia
At last the British supporters at Elland Road get something to cheer about as Stuart Reardon scores a try in the corner following a Danny McGuire kick through.

Matt Sing slips and is unable to deal with the trouble and Reardon just slides on the ball, but it is far too little, too late.

Farrell cannot add the conversion, leaving Australia's lead at 40-points.

42 mins: Great Britain 0-44 Australia
Great Britain get off to the worst possible start as they concede a seventh try. Willie Mason dots the ball down under the post after a brilliant kick from Brett Kimmorley.

Another easy conversion for Craig Fitzgibbon adds to Britain's misery.

41 mins: Great Britain, who have rung the changes at half-time, start the second half with a short kick-off as they look to gain some respectability.

40 mins: The half-time hooter goes to another chorus of boos from the British fans as a shell-shocked British side trudge off.

38 mins: The crowd are starting to voice their frustration and huge disappointment as they boo the British team.

36 mins: Great Britain 0-38 Australia
It's men against boys as Willie Tonga goes over in the corner for Australia's sixth try of a one-sided match.

Missed tackles from Martin Gleeson and Brian Carney cost Britain again as the peerless Darren Lockyer orchestrates affairs yet again.

Everything is going right for Australia as Craig Fitzgibbon strokes over the conversion from the touchline.

33 mins: Another silly penalty is conceded as Terry Newton and Ryan Bailey team up to spear tackle Craig Fitzgibbon.

32 mins: A cross-kick from Iestyn Harris has Matt Sing in trouble, but Stuart Reardon cannot gather the ball.

30 mins: Danny McGuire earns a penalty, and Great Britain get their first repeat set of six as Paul Sculthorpe pins Anthony Minichiello back behind his line after Andy Farrell's tackle.

29 mins: Britain's woeful kicking game is undermining any hopes they might have of getting back in the match - or even getting some respectability back on the scoreboard.

27 mins: Great Britain 0-32 Australia
It's turning into a horror show for Great Britain as the brilliant Darren Lockyer makes a superb break from half-way before outpacing the Great Britain full-back Paul Wellens and sliding over the line despite Brian Carney's desperate tackle.

Lockyer adds the extras as it all becomes too easy for the Kangaroos.

24 mins: Great Britain 0-26 Australia
Australia are running riot as Anthony Minichiello dives over for his second try of the match.

The ball goes sweetly through the hands of Brett Kimmorley, Shaun Berrigan and Darren Lockyer as Minichiello sweeps in under the posts.

Great Britain's defence is just not doing the job as tackles are missed and players hang off.

Darren Lockyer pops over the conversion in front of the posts.

22 mins: The Lions shoot themselves in the foot again as they concede another penalty - and 10 extra metres after more backchat to the referee.

20 mins: Great Britain win their first penalty of the match and opt for the quick tap as they at last start to exert some pressure on the Australian try-line.

19 mins: An interception from Sean Long gives Andy Farrell the chance to drive for the line, but the Australian defence holds firm.

18 mins: Great Britain 0-20 Australia
Things are going from bad to worse for Great Britain as Willie Tonga plucks the ball from Brian Carney's grasp after a high ball.

Darren Lockyer has no problems in adding the conversion as Australia threaten to embarrass their hosts.

15 mins: The first decent kick of the night for Great Britain forces Anthony Minichiello to turn, but the chase is not good enough to force any real pressure.

13 mins: Great Britain 0-14 Australia
A brilliant try from Anthony Minichiello puts Australia into a commanding 14-0 lead.

Great Britain's defence - put on the back foot after another poor kick - stands off far too much as Australia's sleight of hand keeps the ball alive and Minichiello strolls over unopposed under the posts.

Darren Lockyer again knocks over the conversion

10 mins: Petero Civoniceva produces the tackle of the match so far with a bone-shuddering effort that almost cuts Andy Farrell in half.

9 mins:Great Britain 0-8 Australia
The respite does not last long for Great Britain and Matt Sing pounces on a perfectly-weighted Willie Tonga kick through to score out wide.

Darren Lockyer adds the extras.

7 mins: A brilliant tackle by Stuart Fielden saves the day as Matt Sing breaks down the right wing.

6 mins: A great attacking kick from Sean Long just evades Paul Wellens' hands.

4 mins: Great Britain 0-2 Australia
Terry Newton concedes a needless penalty for interfering at the play-the-ball and the referee puts the Lions a further 10m back after backchat from skipper Andy Farrell.

Darren Lockyer slots the simple kick straight over for an early lead.

3 mins: The advantage is wasted as a mix-up in midfield between Iestyn Harris and Jamie Peacock results in a knock-on.

2 mins: A huge hit from Adrian Morley turns possession over to Great Britain.

1 min: An inauspicious start for the Lions as Paul Sculthorpe's opening kick goes straight down Anthony Minichiello's throat.

1815: Darren Lockyer gets the game underway and Adrian Morley collects safely.

1812: The national anthems are sung with gusto as the tension builds at Elland Road.

1807: As the brass band and chorus singers belt out 'Land of Hope and Glory', the two teams march out onto the field in front of a sell-out Elland Road crowd.

The ground is alive with noise as the fireworks go off and the crowd roar their support.


Team news:

Great Britain coach Brian Noble springs a surprise by teaming up Iestyn Harris with Sean Long at half-back in his starting line-up.

The move means Leeds youngster Danny McGuire will be asked to make an impact from the bench.

Paul Sculthorpe and Jamie Peacock are both recalled after being rested for last week's Test against New Zealand.

Australia drop second row Craig Fitzgibbon to the bench, with Canterbury's Andrew Ryan taking his place in the starting line-up.

And the Kangaroos welcome back influential skipper Darren Lockyer at stand-off after his rib injury.


Great Britain: Wellens, Carney, Gleeson, Senior, Reardon, Harris, Long, Fielden, Newton, Morley, Peacock, Farrell (capt), Sculthorpe.
Replacements: McGuire, Johnson, Bailey, O'Loughlin.

Australia: Minichiello, Rooney, Berrigan, Tonga, Sing, Lockyer (capt), Kimmorley, Webcke, Buderus, Civoniceva, Hindmarsh, Ryan, Carroll.
Replacements: O'Meley, Fitzgibbon, Mason, Wing.




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