Fulltime score: Tri-Nations Game VI Australia 26 def. Great Britain 14
Match summary: Australia have ended Great Britain�s Tri-Nations campaign with a 26-14 victory at KC Stadium in Hull this evening.
Both sides were engaged in a good old-fashioned arm-wrestle early on, and after the first quarter of the game the scores were locked at 2 points all.
Australia were the first to open the game up and centre Matt Cooper swooped on a ball deemed to have travelled backwards off winger Matt King, as a result of a Craig Gower bomb. Cooper�s try was converted by Craig Fitzgibbon and Australia had the ascendancy early on with an 8-2 lead.
The Brits hit back in the best possible fashion shortly after, with Newcastle Knights-bound winger Brian Carney managing to plant the ball down out wide. Trent Barrett was sin-binned and Great Britain needed to capitalise on their opportunity.
The Lions� tendency to allow points through at the back end of the half was again evident in this game, with Australian prop Mark O�Meley taking advantage of some excellent work from fullback Anthony Minichiello to give Australia a 14-8 lead at the break.
After an early 2nd half penalty goal to Fitzgibbon, Brent Tate managed to exploit some brilliant play from Barrett again with a length-of-the-field try to make life very difficult for the home side, Australia led 22-8 with half an hour remaining.
Mark Gasnier sealed the deal for the Australians, crossing out wide with 20 minutes remaining. The try gave the Aussies an unassailable 26-8 lead and guaranteed Australia�s position in the final against the Kiwis at Elland Road next Saturday.
Richard Horne managed to accelerate through a gap and receive a beautiful ball from Mickey Higham, and cross for nothing more than a consolation try.
Barrett was again sent to the sin bin, he may need to improve his on-field conduct in time for next weekend�s final, but Australia managed to run out winners by 26 points to 14.
It�s now down to two, Australia take on New Zealand for 2005 Tri-Nations honours. The sides last met in Auckland with Australia winning narrowly, so it�s anyone�s guess as to the final outcome next weekend. Scorers: GREAT BRITAIN LIONS 14 Tries: B.Carney, R.Horne Goals: Harris 3/4 AUSTRALIA KANGAROOS 26 Tries: M.Cooper, M. O'Meley, B.Tate, M.Gasnier Goals: Fitzgibbon 5/5, Gower 0/1
Venue: KC Stadium Crowd: 25,150 Referee: Steve Ganson (GB) Half time: Australia 14-8
Live commentary: Good evening and welcome to a do or die Tri-Nations match between Great Britain and Australia. Tonight the scenarios are this:
- If Australia win, the final will be contested between Australia and New Zealand. - If Great Britain win by 1-2 points, the final will be contested between Australia and New Zealand. - If Great Britain win by 3-7 points, the final will be contested between Australia and Great Britain. - If Great Britain win by 8 or more points, the final will be contested between Great Britain and New Zealand.
It's a do or die match. Kick off is 5 minutes away as the teams take the field.
1st min: Kick off!
1st min: News - Great Britain make an early mistake with a knock on. Here's a early chance of Australia but as I say that Australia knock on so Great Britain survive.
3rd Min: News - Australia survive an early raid from Great Britain on Australia's line.
8th min: News - Still no score dispite both teams having a few chances in the early stages.
11th Min: Penalty to Great Britain and they take the kick at goal. Lestyn Harris kicks the goal. Great Britain 2-0.
16th Min: Penalty right in front of the posts for Australia. Craig Fitzgibbon gets it and evens things up. 2-2.
20th Min: TRY - Australia. Video Refs says Try to Australia as Craig Gower sent a bomb across field, Matt King juggled it and then tapped it back to Matt Cooper who scored the Try. Fitzgibbon converts. Australia 8-2.
27th Min: News - Steve Ganson sends Trent Barrett to the Sin Bin for a professional foul as Harris gets a Penalty to make it 8-4.
31st min: TRY - Great Britain. Brian Carney scores in the corner after Micky Higham did some great work to set up the Try. Harris misses the kick. 8-8.
36th Min: News - No Try Australia. Video ref rules that Craig Fitzgibbon knocked the ball on trying to get the ball down over the line.
40th Min: TRY - Australia. Mark O'Meley scores a Try just before halftime, which hurts Great Britain. Fitzgibbon converts and at halftime Australia lead 14-8.
Halftime: Australia lead 14-8 at Halftime after dominating most of the First Half. Great Britain haven't played badly but they need to improve and improve very quickly if they have a chance of making the final. The 2nd half is not very far away.
41st min: The 2nd half is underway!
42nd Min: Penalty to Australia. They decide to take the kick at goal from around 40m out and Fitzgibbon makes no mistake. 16-8 Australia.
50th Min: TRY - Australia. After a nice pass from Trent Barrett, Brent Tate sprints around up field to score the Try for Australia. Fitzgibbon converts. Australia 22-8 and things are not looking good for Great Britain.
60th Minute: TRY - Australia. Mark Gasnier wraps the match up for Australia outwide after some good lead-up work by Australia. It's all over for Great Britain now as Craig Gower misses the kick. Australia 26-8.
70th Minute: News - Steve Ganson going upstairs for a possible penalty try to Great Britain after Trent Barrett took out Iestyn Harris but they just rule a penalty to Great Britain as Trent Barrett is sent to the Sin-Bin again.
71st Minute: Up to the Video Referee again, this time for Great Britain but he rules No Try as Gareth Raynor loses the ball over the line.
73rd Minute: TRY - Great Britain. Micky Higham busts through the middle and gets the ball onto Richard Horne who scores the Try. Harris converts. Australia 26-14.
Fulltime: Australia will play New Zealand in the Tri-Nations final next week. Australia hae beaten Great Britain 26-14. That spells the end for Great Britain in this years Tri-Nations. It shapes up as a great final next week between Australia and New Zealand.
----------------------------------------- Leagueunlimited.com players of the match: 3 - C. Gower (Australia) 2 - A. Minichiello (Australia) 1 - M. Higham (Great Britain) -----------------------------------------
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