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Will British Bulldogs Make a Meal of the 'Roos?
Posted by southstander on November 18 2005 - 11:31:39

British Bulldog
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Game 6 of the 2005 Gillette Tri-Nations and its still all to play for as Great Britain and Australia go head to head at the KC Stadium in Hull.

Final spots are up still up for grabs if your good at your maths.

We preview the game here....

Great Britain picked up injuries in the comprehensive 38-12 victory over the Kiwis last week in Huddersfield. Paul Deacon and Paul Wellens have both been ruled out after picking up injuries. Mark Calderwood was drafted into the squad but he isn't in the squad. Kevin Sinfield should make a return to the seventeen on duty this week. Leon Pryce will move to full back and Richard Horne will start at halfback on his home ground.

Great Britain: L Pryce (Bradford), B Carney (Wigan), M Gleeson (Warrington), K Senior (Leeds), G Raynor (Hull), I Harris (Bradford), R Horne (Hull), S Fielden (Bradford), K Cunningham (St Helens), A Morley (Sydney Roosters), J Peacock (Bradford, capt), P Johnson (Bradford), K Sinfield (Leeds), M Higham (St Helens), L Gilmour (St Helens), J Thackray (Hull), G Ellis (Leeds), C Walker (Leeds).

Australia meanwhile were comfortable 42-12 winners over the French at the Stade Aime Giral in Perpignan last weekend and they make a couple of changes to the side that was victorious in Wigan a fortnight ago. Penrith half Craig Gower starts in place of Scott Prince and Trent Barrett takes over from the injured Darren Lockyer at stand off. In the pack Steve Price has been dropped, Jason Ryles promoted into the run on side and Trent Waterhouse gets his place on the bench. Wayne Bennett has named 18 players with it being between Price and late call up Craig Wing for a place on the bench.

Australia: A Minichiello (Sydney Roosters); M King (Melbourne), M Gasnier (St George Illawarra), M Cooper (St George Illawarra), B Tate (Brisbane); T Barrett (St George Illawarra), C Gower (Penrith); P Civoniceva (Brisbane), D Buderus (Newcastle, capt), J Ryles (St George Illawarra), L O'Donnell (North Queensland), C Fitzgibbon (Sydney Roosters), B Kennedy (Manly).

Interchange (from): S Prince (Wests Tigers) or C Wing (Sydney Roosters), T Waterhouse (Penrith), M O'Meley (Canterbury), W Mason (Canterbury).

Now its Maths time;

  • If Australia win it will be an Australia v New Zealand final.
  • If GB win by one or two points it will be an Australia v New Zealand final.
  • If GB win by three to eight points it will be an Australia v Great Britain final.
  • If GB win by nine points or more it will be a Great Britain v New Zealand final.
  • For a lot of these Australian players it could be their last opportunity to tour this country with the 2006 Tri Nations scheduled for down under, a full UK 2007 tour by the Kiwis and the World Cup in Australasia in 2008 and the Kangaroo squad want to go leave this country with a bang. Its going to be a close game with all the pressure on Great Britain to produce the result to take them through to the final. A final without Great Britain could have serious financial implications for the success of the tournament. Its going to be close, last time the teams clashed at the KC a late penalty and field goal from Brett Kimmorley broke British hearts in the second Ashes clash in 2003.

    Hopefully I'm going to put the kiss of death on the Australians by tipping them top win 20-12, I just don't think some of the British guys will have enough petrol in the tank and with the possibility of some players going into the game carrying injuries I think its just too much of a risk for Brian Noble to take.

    The game is nearly sold out, reports seem to indicate that there are less than 3000 tickets left yesterday, to ensure your place contact the RFL events line on 0870 990 1313 or contact the box office at the KC Stadium.

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