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Sun-Herald

ROOS 'RELENTED'

Author: By BERNIE PRAMBERG
Date: 27/06/1992
Words: 440
          Publication: The Sun Herald
Section: Sport
Page: 63
GREAT Britain coach Malcolm Reilly has added spice to the third Test by claiming some Australians couldn't handle the pressure in Melbourne.

Speaking in Brisbane when the tourists arrived yesterday afternoon, Reilly said some Australian players had "relented under the pressure".

"That's the name of the game. Subject the opposition to pressure and force errors," he said.

He attributed a dramatic change of defensive tactics and ability to exert pressure for 80 minutes as major factors in Friday night's shock 33-10 upset.

Reilly jettisoned Great Britain's "one-on-one defence" after the first Test defeat to employ a sliding style pattern in Melbourne.

"It was obvious we had to alter our style after Sydney when our defence was very ordinary," he said.

Reilly celebrated the landslide victory watching a television replay of the match and sharing a bottle of champagne and turkey sandwiches in his hotel room with manager, Maurice Lindsay, and assistant coach, Phil Larder.

"The players celebrated - but nothing over the top. The job is only half done," he said.

"The morale of the side has been boosted by our win at Newcastle and now the Test.

"My main job is to get their feet back on the ground.

"I don't think it will be a problem with this side because they are very professional."

Great Britain players reported a clean slate of injuries after the Test match and Reilly will have them back on the training field this morning.

Skipper Garry Schofield said he was pleased the team produced a victory for the thousands of British supporters following the tour.

"I'm proud we could live up to their hopes," he said.

"We knew we had to pressure Australia for 80 minutes and we did.

"But the job isn't finished."

Lock, Phil Clarke, was voted the British players' Man of the Match.

"Phil had a great game but it was a team effort," said manager Lindsay.

"The spirit and resolve has become stronger in this team as the tour progresses and with the injuries we have sustained."

Great Britain's only match prior to the Ashes decider is against Gold Coast at Seagulls' Stadium on Tuesday night.

 
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