Rugby League - Britain and Ireland team destroys Australia


RUGBY LEAGUE - Australia Kangaroos lose at home against the British Lions for the first time since 1992.

This is in the Tri-Nations Series which also involves New Zealand.

This sport makes American Football (Gridiron), with its tonnes of body amour, huge shoulder pads and over-the-top helmets look like a cissy girls' game.

The Great Britain and Ireland Rugby League teams stuns the Aussies
British and Irish Lions defeat Aussies

British Lions

Australia 12 - 23 Britain and Ireland

Great Britain coach Brian Noble hailed a battling performance by the Lions as they beat Australia 23-12 in their Tri-Nations clash in Sydney.

A jubilant Noble told Sky Sports: "I knew we could shake this competition up and we have done.

"I'm proud of the boys. We showed we could defend our line and I'm really pleased for every one of them.

"We did not take a step back. We stood our ground which is what I expected us to do - it was important we did that.

"I think we have a good rugby team. We talked about building pressure and we got our just rewards. They might start taking us seriously now.''

Leon Pryce put the win in perspective, insisting this was only the start following last week's defeat by New Zealand.

"There is a long way to go but a GB team going to Australia and winning is unusual. It's a great feeling.

"Our forwards were awesome tonight. Sean Long led from the front with a brilliant half-back's performance.

"A lot of things had been said in the press. It was a little bit tough, but it was all in good fun and luckily we got a good win and can enjoy the night.''

The Lions recovered from 6-0 down in the first half to take a massive step towards the Final with a 23-12 triumph.

Long was the hero, shrugging off an early assault from Willie Mason to set up two of Britain's four tries.


Great Britain: Paul Wellens, Brian Carney, Keith Senior, Kirk Yeaman, Gareth Raynor, Leon Pryce, Sean Long, Stuart Fielden, Terry Newton, Jamie Peacock (captain), Gareth Ellis, Gareth Hock, Sean O'Loughlin.
Interchange: James Roby, Adrian Morley, Lee Gilmour, Jon Wilkin.

Australia: Karmichael Hunt, Brent Tate, Mark Gasnier, Jamie Lyon, Greg Inglis, Darren Lockyer (captain), Ben Hornby, Mark O'Meley, Shaun Berrigan, Petero Civoniceva, Willie Mason, Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke O'Donnell.
Interchange: Cameron Smith, Anthony Tupou, Brent Kite, Antonio Kaufusi.


Australia's Karmichael Hunt looks to launch an attack as the match gets underway at a grey and wet Aussie Stadium

Fight, fight: The opening moments in Sydney are dominated by some ill-tempered exchanges involving Australia's Willie Mason

After flooring Stuart Fielden in just the fourth minute, Mason's late tackle leaves Sean Long with a nasty cut above the eye

The encounter continues at a frantic pace as Great Britain's Sean O'Loughlin takes a hit from the Australian defence

The tourists fall behind to Greg Inglis's try but Paul Wellens responds for Great Britain after being released by Long

Great Britain take the lead straight after the interval as Jamie Peacock muscles his way over through the Aussie defence

Darren Lockyer levels the match for the hosts before Lee Gilmour's superb try edges Great Britain back in front

Great Britain resist late Australian pressure and break away to release Gareth Raynor, who scores in the corner

Long (with the bandage around his head) caps a fine personal performance with a 78th-minute drop-goal as the Lions seal a 23-12 win over Australia

Great Britain are left to celebrate a famous victory on Australian soil as they take a huge stride towards the final

Mason's face says it all as the Kangaroos slide to defeat to Great Britain for the first time at home since 1992 (Ha ha ha ha!)
Last edited by Blackleaf; Nov 4th, 2006 at 09:43 AM..
Mate you've got it all wrong! The British and Irish Lions play are a combined Rugby Union team from the twin Kingdoms, Wales and the two Irelands. They only tour every four years and rotate tour destinations of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Last year they came here and got their arses handed to them.

The game you're referring to was a Rugby League test as part of an annual tri-series between Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand. This Great Britain team is really only an England team with the odd token Welshman. They aren't known as the Lions and there are no Scots or Irish players. In the UK Rugby League is only played in Lancashire, Yorkshires west riding and a few isolated urban pockets.

In fact Rugby League is only really a major Sport In New South Wales and Brisbane, QL.

Although it was a great game with a funny result.