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The Sydney Morning Herald


Date: 15/06/1988
Words: 462
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Sport
Page: 52
BRISBANE: After three successive defeats, victory over Combined Brisbane by 28-14 was doubly welcome for the Great Britain Rugby League tourists last night.

But any celebrations were soured by an injury to star centre Garry Schofield that assumes the proportions of another disaster on this jinxed tour.

Schofield was helped from the field in the 20th minute clutching his face after what had seemed an innocuous collision.

A fractured jawbone was the immediate fear and Schofield was taken straight to hospital where he learnt the bad news for certain.

That is a major blow to Great Britain's hopes of squaring the Test series when they make their second visit to Lang Park in less than a fortnight's time.

Schofield was not at his best in Saturday's first Test but he is a proven match-winner at that level and the only real incisive centre Great Britain have in their party.

If that was the bad news of the night, the good was certainly the form of Lee Crooks, the creative forward Malcolm Reilly would dearly love to have back in his side in time for the Second Test.

He came through the 80 minutes strongly and showed several glimpses of his famed ability to switch the point of the attack with deft handling.

That was a significant feature for Great Britain, but the Brisbane public treated the whole thing as a matter of no significance at all.

Only an estimated 2,000 of them thought it worth supporting a side bearing the city's name but lacking all its star players from the ranks of the Broncos.

The team which did turn out put in a plucky performance, equalising Schofield's early try with one from centre Brett McCarthy and hitting back with two late efforts from Kelly Egan and Gordon Barwick.

In between, Great Britain had taken firm control with two tries from Schofield's replacement Martin Offiah - making it 11 for the tour so far - and one each from Karl Fairbank and Mike Ford.

GREAT BRITAIN 28 (Martin Offiah 2 Karl Fairbank, Mike Ford, Garry Schofield tries; David Stephenson 4 goals) bt BRISBANE 14 (Brett McCarthy, Kelly Egan, Gordon Barwick tries; Peter Coyne goal). Crowd: About 2,000.

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