Kangaroos Tour 2003 Series

Game 3

Wales 4 lost to Australia 76

Match URL
www.rugbyleagueproject.org/matches/14990
Date
Sunday, 2nd November, 2003
Status
Completed
Kick Off
2:00 PM (local time)
Referee
Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)
Venue
Brewery Field (Bridgend)
Crowd
3,112

Wales
4 76
Australia

Match Stats

Halftime Score 4 36

Match Scoresheet

Kris TASSELL T 2 Danny BUDERUS
      2 Brett KIMMORLEY
      2 Anthony MINICHIELLO
      Phil BAILEY
      Ryan GIRDLER
      Craig GOWER
      Shannon HEGARTY
      Darren LOCKYER
      Steve SIMPSON
      Craig WING
 
Mark LENNON 0/1 G 11/11 Craig FITZGIBBON
      1/1 Craig GOWER
      0/1 Brett KIMMORLEY

Teams

Paul ATCHESON (c)
[Widnes]
1 FB 1 Darren LOCKYER (c)
[Brisbane]
Hefin O'HARE
[Huddersfield]
2 W 2 Anthony MINICHIELLO
[Sydney]
Kris TASSELL 3 C 3 Ryan GIRDLER
[Penrith]
Adam HUGHES
[Widnes]
4 C 4 Phil BAILEY
[Cronulla]
Damian GIBSON
[Castleford]
5 W 5 Shannon HEGARTY
[Sydney]
 
Aled JAMES
[Widnes]
6 FE 6 Craig GOWER
[Penrith]
Mark LENNON
[Castleford]
7 HB 7 Brett KIMMORLEY
[Cronulla]
 
Robert ROBERTS 8 FR 8 Shane WEBCKE
[Brisbane]
Ian WATSON 9 HK 9 Danny BUDERUS
[Newcastle]
Anthony FARRELL
[Widnes]
10 FR 10 Petero CIVONICEVA
[Brisbane]
Jon ASTON 11 2R 11 Steve SIMPSON
[Newcastle]
Chris MORLEY 12 2R 12 Craig FITZGIBBON
[Sydney]
Kevin ELLIS 13 L 13 Luke RICKETSON
[Sydney]
 
Allan BATEMAN 14 B 14 Richard VILLASANTI
[Warriors]
David MILLS
[Widnes]
15 B 15 Willie MASON
[Bulldogs]
Gareth PRICE 16 B 16 Trent WATERHOUSE
[Penrith]
Jordan JAMES 17 B 17 Craig WING
[Sydney]
 
Neil KELLY   COACH   Chris ANDERSON
 

Match Report

by MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

The Australian Kangaroos have bounced back to form with a devastating 74-4 victory over Wales this morning, with Craig Fitzgibbon landing 22 points for the Australians.

After having lost their opening match of the Kangaroo Tour to New Zealand, the Australian side has had two below par victories in their two previous warm-up games but have finally found form leading into Saturday's clash with Great Britain.

The Kangaroos were directed around the park by Brett Kimmorley, whilst Luke Ricketson, Craig Fitzgibbon and Danny Buderus were among the best performers for the Australians.

In the opening five minutes of the game, Darren Lockyer was replaced with a suspected broken nose but returned later in the first half.

In the twentieth minute of the game, Ryan Gridler reaggrivated his calf injury, which he sustained in the NRL Grand Final. Girdler is in doubt for Saturdays clash with Great Britain.

Craig Wing had a sojourn stay at fullback, before moving to the centres to replace the injured Girdler.

Wales crossed for their first try of the match late in the second half through centre Kris Tasssle.

At half-time Australian lead 36 to Wales 4.

For Australia, Kimmorley, Buderus and Minichiello all crossed for two tries.

The partnership of Craig Gower and Kimmorley in the halves looks to be a winner, with both players combining well throughout the game. Kimmorley had a hand in at least 10 of the Australian tries, whilst Gower was just as instrumental in the 13-try romp.

The Australian side simply had to much class for the Welsh, with inside balls catching the Welsh defenders on numerous occasions. A spirited performance by the Welsh players was not enough to combat the Australian strike power.

Source: WalesRL.co.uk

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Contributions: Cymru RL, Shawn Dollin, Andrew Ferguson