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
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
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
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