The Australian selectors have named an unchanged team to play Great
Britain in the third Rugby League Test at the Sydney Football Stadium next
Australia secured the Ashes with a 34-14 win in the second Test at Lang
Park last Tuesday night and no changes had been expected.
The team medical examination will be at the stadium at 10 am today.
Brisbane players Wally Lewis and Greg Conescu will be checked by the Queensland
Rugby League medical officer, Dr Keith Woodhead, at 8 am in Brisbane.
Conescu missed Brisbane's win over Manly yesterday because of a shoulder
The squad goes into camp with coach Don Furner at the Camperdown
Travelodge on Wednesday.
The team is:
G Jack; A Ettingshausen M O'Connor P Jackson T Currie; W Lewis (capt) P
Sterling; W Pearce (vice-capt) W Fullerton Smith P Vautin S Backo G Conescu P
Daley. Reserves: G Belcher R Lindner.
Dave Hadfield writes: Western Division came close to inflicting another
embarrassment on Great Britain before going down 28-26 at Orange yesterday.
Apparently dead and buried at 26-10 with 20 minutes to go, the local
forwards rallied strongly to give the Lions a fright.
Second-rower Michael Peachey struck twice within two minutes, scoring a
try and making one for winger Wilfred Williams with a peculiar up-and-over pass.
With two minutes to go, hulking centre Mark Smith powered over for a try which
Robert Clark converted.
The tourists had looked well on the way to a comfortable win at half-time
after tries from Paul Groves and Ellery Hanley, plus a goal from Andy Currier,
had cancelled out two early penalties from Clark.
A remarkable try from Martin Offiah - his 17th of the tour - just after
the break stretched the lead further. Offiah enjoys running across the park
every bit as much as running forward and his devious route to the try line must
have clocked up a good 120m. Currier kicked the goal and also improved his own
try soon after.
But veteran country campaigner Neil Moy went over after good work from Rod
Frail and Mal Fitzgerald. Although Offiah scored a second try, Britain's
tackling near their line became fallible and they were lucky to escape with
GREAT BRITAIN 28 (Martin Offiah 2, Paul Groves, Ellery Hanley, Andy
Currier tries; Currier 4 goals) bt WESTERN DIVISION 26 (Steve Casey, Michael
Peachey, Wilfred Williams, Mark Smith tries; Robert Clark 5 goals). Crowd: About
5,000. Referee: P Robinson.
*Papua New Guinea made a bright start to their four-match tour of New
Zealand by thrashing Midlands 58-0 at Tokoroa.