Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Green and Gold Fires Up in Hunt for Titles

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Green and Gold Fires Up in Hunt for Titles

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Byline: Jon Tuxworth jon.tuxworth@scnews.com.au

THE two days after their capitulation to Fiji were torture for the Australians.

Having opened their Police Rugby League World Cup campaign with a disastrous 40-4 trouncing to the Fijians, the Kangaroos were hurting.

Yesterday at Stockland Park, they made Great Britain pay.

Australia withstood a late fightback from the British to win 32-18 and keep its final hopes alive.

Running into a very stiff wind, two tries in the opening four minutes handed Australia an early 8-0 lead, the Kangaroos building on that start to take an 18-8 halftime advantage.

With the breeze at their backs in the second half Australia were always going to be hard to run down. But Great Britain received a glimmer of hope when Australian Peter Butler was sent off for punching British fullback Richie Whitehouse.

Britain centre Daniel Adams was given 10 minutes in the sin bin for retaliation.

When Australia scored the first two tries of the second half to build a 26-8 advantage, the result looked clear. …

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