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The Sydney Morning Herald

INJURED CROOKS IN DOUBT FOR 2ND TEST

Author: DAVE HADFIELD
Date: 17/06/1988
Words: 455
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Sport
Page: 65
ROCKHAMPTON: Lee Crooks is now extremely unlikely to make the Great Britain side for the second Test in Brisbane on June 28 after coming off with a badly bruised shoulder against Central Queensland in Rockhampton last night

The ball-handling prop lasted just nine minutes of Great Britain's 64-8 romp of a packed Brown Park after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Crooks's injury has been diagnosed as a bruise rather than a break. But it will keep him out of the next two games at Toowoomba and Gympie.

Great Britain acted to cover for their two recent injury victims, Garry Schofield and Paul Medley. Medley's neck is not improving so he is being replaced by Widnes second-row Paul Hulme, whose brother David was one of Great Britain's busiest performers last night.

Another Widnes man, centre Andy Currier, is flying out at the same time to replace Schofield.

Undeterred by all these comings and goings, the tourists produced some spectacular football against inferior opposition in Rockhampton.

Karl Fairbank and Martin Offiah each scored three tries, with Offiah's last coming from an 85-metre run after he picked up a loose ball - the best of the 11 tries Great Britain accumulated.

Ellery Hanley and Carl Gibson both crossed twice and Roy Powell also scored with Paul Loughlin getting in some useful-goal kicking practice with 10 successful efforts.

The Capras only try came from Black Water Devils second-rower Marshall Leisha nine minutes from time.

Great Britain took early control with their front-row exerting the necessary authority.

Kevin Ward again looked eager and Hugh Waddell had a mighty game alongside him, making ground handsomely every time he carried the ball.

With Kevin Beardmore dominating the scrums 11-2, Great Britain had a wealth of possession and exploited it ruthlessly.

GREAT BRITAIN 64 (K Fairbank 3 M Offiah 3 E Hanley 2 C Gibson 2 R Powell tries; P Loughlin 10 goals) bt CENTRAL QUEENSLAND 8 (M Leisha try D Weinert 2 goals).

 
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