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Last Updated: Monday, 29 November, 2004, 07:31 GMT
Buderus credits Wallabies for win
By Pranav Soneji
BBC Sport at Elland Road

Australia hooker Danny Buderus
Buderus singled out Darren Lockyer as Australia's inspiration
Kangaroos hooker Danny Buderus revealed Australia's resounding victory over Great Britain in Leeds was inspired by their rugby union compatriots.

Australia's awesome 44-4 win at Elland Road followed the Wallabies' 21-19 victory against England at Twickenham earlier on Saturday.

"We watched the (union) game before we got on the bus and we were all over the moon for them," Buderus told BBC Sport.

"We met the union boys in Paris and had a ball - they've done Australia proud."

The return of captain Darren Lockyer gave the Australians a much-needed confidence boost ahead of the final.

The Brisbane Bronco, who missed the Kangeroos' 24-12 loss to Great Britain in Wigan with a rib injury, produced the performance of the Tri-Nations with an outstanding display at stand-off.

The pressure was on Great Britain because everyone was talking them up
Australia hooker Danny Buderus
"We missed Locky for three to four weeks and to have him there directing traffic, scoring tries and kicking goals was fantastic," said Buderus. "He had a good night out.

"We always knew we could go up a level and it clicked for us in the first 40 minutes. That was a pretty devastating performance."

The defeat was Great Britain's worst on home soil since 1963, but Buderus believed the Lions' lacklustre performance was down to Australia's superior football.

"I don't think they played that badly, but I think we played really well," said Buderus.

"It was a very good team performance in the first 40 minutes, so much so the game was pretty much over at half-time.

"We had a really relaxed week - everyone thought the pressure was on us, but I thought the pressure was on Great Britain because everyone was talking them up."


2004 TRI-NATIONS

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Saturday, 13 November 2010
Australia 12 - 16
(6 - 6)
New Zealand R
Tries:
Tate, Slater
  Tries:
Kenny-Dowall, Nightingale, Fien
 
 
 
Goals:
Smith 2
  Goals:
Marshall 2

Suncorp Stadium

Saturday, 06 November 2010
England 36 - 10
(24 - 0)
Papua New Guinea R
Tries:
Robinson 2, Clubb 4, Harrison
  Tries:
Aizue, Yere
 
 
 
Goals:
Westwood 3, Widdop
  Goals:
Aiye

Eden Park

New Zealand 20 - 34
(10 - 18)
Australia R
Tries:
Pritchard, Nightingale, Kenny-Dowall
  Tries:
Cronk, Morris 2, Tate, Boyd, Lawrence
 
 
 
Goals:
Marshall 5
  Goals:
Smith 3, Carney 2

Eden Park

Sunday, 31 October 2010
Australia 34 - 14
(26 - 8)
England R
Tries:
Lewis 2, Slater, Tate, Tonga, Tuqiri
  Tries:
Burgess, Robinson
 
 
 
Goals:
Smith 5
  Goals:
Westwood 2, Cudjoe

AAMI Park

Saturday, 30 October 2010
New Zealand 76 - 12
(46 - 0)
Papua New Guinea R
Tries:
Perrett 3, Smith 3, Sa'u 3, Hohaia, Eastwood, Luke, Nightingale, Manu
  Tries:
Yere, Nami
 
 
 
Goals:
Marshall 8, Luke 2
  Goals:
Tongia 2

International Stadium

Sunday, 24 October 2010
Australia 42 - 0
(26 - 0)
Papua New Guinea R
Tries:
Slater, Tate, Cronk, Tonga 2, Morris, Smith, Lockyer
 
 
 
 
Goals:
Smith 5
 

Parramatta Stadium

Saturday, 23 October 2010
New Zealand 24 - 10
(12 - 0)
England R
Tries:
Sa'u, Hohaia, Kenny-Dowall, Marshall
  Tries:
Roby, Widdop
 
 
 
Goals:
Marshall 4
  Goals:
Widdop

Westpac Stadium

Saturday, 16 October 2010
New Zealand Maori 18 - 18
(0 - 18)
England R
Tries:
Thompson, Heremaia, Taumata
  Tries:
Atkins, S Tomkins, O'Loughlin
 
 
 
Goals:
Locke 3
  Goals:
Widdop 3


Wednesday, 06 October 2010
Wales 6 - 13
(6 - 6)
Italy R
Tries:
Thomas
  Tries:
Caligari, Falcone
 
  Drop-goals:
Stewart
 
Goals:
Reece
  Goals:
Mantellato 2

Racecourse Ground

Saturday, 12 June 2010
England 60 - 6
(34 - 6)
France R
Tries:
Widdop, Briscoe, S Tomkins 4, Shenton 2, Ellis 2, Bridge
  Tries:
Bentley
 
 
 
Goals:
Sinfield 6, Widdop 2
  Goals:
Mounis

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