By Alan Towle

Australian Aboriginals 12 (00) vs. BARLA Great Britain Lions 52 (28)

The BARLA Great Britain Lions recorded a second victory on tour with a resounding Test Match win against a very physical & robust Aboriginals side and the scoreline doesn’t match the effort the hosts put in. As poor as the Lions were in their opening victory of the tour at against Coffs Harbour Comets they brought their A game in today’s match and turned in an outstanding display of open running rugby league scoring nine tries including a first half hat-trick and man of the match performance from Ryan Smith (Wigan St Patricks).

The game was over at half time when the tourist led 28-0 at the break including four tries in the opening quarter but although the Aboriginals scored two converted tries in the opening second half the Lions remained composed breaking a half century of points.

They got off to a great start after only two minutes and onto the scoreboard when Smith jinked his way through to score near the post and Shaun Squires (Shaw Cross Sharks) converted the first of his four goals from five attempts.

The Aboriginal were trying to get back in to the game but the Lions continued to press and doubled their lead on ten minutes. A kick on the last tackle was superbly picked up by winger Tom Moorby (Driglington) who made a mazy 50 yard run to set up a try scoring position, the ball was quickly shipped over to the other side of the pitch and Smith scored his second converted try.

It got even better five minutes later when following skipper Scott Lofthouse (Kells) broke the line and went 40 yards before feeding winger Moorby who galloped a further 50 yards beat defenders with both skill and strength to crash over near the post for his sides third converted try to make the score 18 – 0.

On 20 minute’s the Lions went further ahead when they ball was fed along the line for second row forward row Squires to go over in the corner to make the score 22—0.

The game turned rather scrappy as the Aboriginals used some poor disciplined tactics which resulted in Sam Forrester (Maryport) having to leave the field with a nasty facial injury. The Lions kept their discipline and composure and a minute from the break put themselves in a great winning position as Smith intercepted a loose Aboriginals pass and sprinted 70 yards to complete his treble with Squires adding the extras.

The scored their opening points of the game on 45 minutes after the Lions had been brought back from a try scoring position and awarded a scrum head & feed, they promptly lost the ball and second row forward Steve Quinlan crossed the whitewash and Lewis Ahoy added the extras as he did two minutes later after a rather fortuitous penalty was awarded to the home team. Ahoy kick for the corner and winger Paul Quinlan score wide out and Ahoy converted from the touch line to double their points total.

But the Lions kept up their attacking option and on 54 minute’s a superb break by winger Pat Foulstone (Dewsbury Celtic) set up a position for Myton Warriors second row forward Richard Dunham to crash over. The try was converted by Danny Rouse (Castleford Lock Lane), the first of his four from four.

The Lions seventh six pointer came on the hour, try of the match from a coaching perspective when fullback Ryan Rogers (Pilkington Recs) swept into the line from around the back to off load to Adam Nicholson (Dalton) who ran the line to perfection to run around and score under the posts to make the score 40-12.

The Aboriginals then battered the Lions line and after defending 23 tackles Moorby picked up a loose ball and went fully 90 yards brilliantly beating the full back to score a magnificent converted try on 65 minutes.

The visitors had numerous chances as the Aboriginals began to run out of steam and they had the last word on 79 minutes when Nicholson completed his brace and Rouse’s converted broke the fifty barrier.

BARLA Great Britain Lions Head coach Paul Crarey,

“I`m highly delighted by the performance it was outstanding, and the score does not reflect the game, we scored some brilliant long range tries, and we have come a long way in the week we have been here. Everyone has worked hard at training and done everything asked of them including double training and laying off the beer most days

“We have a tough test ahead to remain unbeaten when we travel to Sydney tomorrow but the lads have already asked for a training session when we get there even after an 8 hour coach journey. Many thanks to Dean Widders for turning out a very tough experienced team at such short notice.”

Australian Aboriginals Head Coach Dean Widders,

“ We were expecting a hard game after watching you play last week against Coffs Harbour but did not expect anything as good as that. You blew us off the paddock in the first 25 min’s when we could not handle your pace & power.

“It was particularly pleasing to play against the BARLA Lions as I made my first tour to England as a 16 year old with the Aboriginals and know what things can happen from such tours hopefully some of you players can go on to bigger things.”

1. Alistair Faulkner, 2. Paul Quinlan, 3. Fred Waters, Cam Moran, 5. Jaydon Connors, 6. Lewis Ahoy, 7. Clarrie Moran, 8. Jarrod McIntosh, 9. James Ahoy, 10. Dean Widders, 11. Tim Cambell, 12. Steve Quinlan, 13, Gary Quinlan. Subs: 14. Simon Ethol Mather, 15. Barry Vale, 16. Ronald Dennison, 17. Keith Ellis, 18. Andrew Blair, 19. Justin Ahoy, 20 Fletcher Strong.

Tries: S Quinlan 45, P Quinlan 47,

Goals: L Ahoy 2/2

1. Sam Forester (Maryport), 21. Patrick Foulstone (Dewsbury Celtic), 3. Keiron Murphy (Hunslet Old Boys), 4. Scott Lofthouse (Kells), 5. Tom Moorby (Drighlington), 15. Richard George (Seaton Rangers), 6. Ryan Smith (Wigan St Patricks), 25. Tom Owen (Wigan St Judes), 14. Danny Lynch (Pilkington Recs), 20. Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh), 24. Danny Morrow (Walney Central), 19. Shaun Squires (Shaw Cross Sharks), 17. Stephen Marsh (Blackbrook). Subs: 7. Danny Rouse (Castleford Lock Lane), 16. Ryan Rodgers (Pilkington Recs), 18. Jonny Goulding(Egremont Rangers), 22. Richard Dunham (Myton Warriors), 23. Greg Hale (Blackbrook), 11. Adam Nicholson (Dalton), 8. Zac Johnson (Shaw Cross Sharks).

Tries: Smith 2, 10, 39, Moorby 15, 65, Squires 20, Dunham 54, Nicholson 60, 79,

Goals: Squires 4/5, Rouse 4/4

Half-Time: 0-28

Man of the Match: Fred Waters (Australian Aboriginals), Ryan Smith (BARLA Great Britain Lions)

Crowd: 1500

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