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Aussie women tie Ashes Test series with
International Rugby League: Saturday: Women's Ashes Test Series 2002: 2nd Test: Australia 14-10 Great Britain & Ireland At ANZ Stadium, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Att: 10,000 The British Lionesses' who took a 1-0 series lead last saturday in Sydney defeating the Aussie women 26-16 were beaten in the 2nd Test at ANZ Stadium on saturday 14-10 before an encouraging crowd of 10,000 who turned up early for the curtain raiser before the big NRL match between home side Brisbane Broncos and the Wests Tigers. The Australian women got off to a perfect start with an early try by Kelly O'Doherty but the Lionesses' hit back with two quick tries as the poms went in at half time with a close 10-4 lead. Amy Springfield was the first half hero for the British women scoring both tries and a converted penalty put them in a good position to carry into the second half with. But the Australian women refused to give up as they produced an outstading defensive performance backed up by two tries. Loretta O'Neill got the Aussies back to just two points behind the British and a penalty kick equalled the scoreline at 10 all for the Australians. Then, just five minutes before time, on 75 minutes, Tracey Thompson made a strong run from dummy half to dive over for the match winning try. The result means the series is tied at one game a peice, the 3rd and final deciding Test match will be hosted at Canberra Stadium, in the capital of Australia. The game will be a curtain raiser to the major NRL Premiership match involving home side the Canberra Raiders and the mighty New Zealand Warriors, currently 4th in the NRL Premiership table. The women's international is likely to attract around 4,000 fans to get to the stadium early for the big match.