GB Dominate in South Africa


Hull five help GB dominate in South Africa

FIVE amateur rugby league stars from Hull helped Great Britain Community Lions end their tour of South Africa with a 100 per cent record after inspiring them to victory in the final Test match.

The Lions ended their 10-day trip in some style by convincingly beating South Africa Rhinos 36-6 at the Isak Styll Stadium in Vanderbiljpark on Saturday.

The team were captained on the three-game tour by Skirlaugh skipper Sean Wildbore, who was joined by fellow club colleagues Matty Bower and Steve Atkinson.

Also in the party were East Hull new signing Jordan Precious and Easts prop Lee Brown.

The Lions had started out with a 42-22 win over South Africa 'A' in Johannesburg just a matter of days after their long flight to the southern hemisphere.

Bower was on the score sheet with one of the tries in the win, while Precious landed two goals.

The British side then faced South Africa Students and ran out comfortable 70-0 winners in Pretoria in a midweek evening fixture as a warm-up for their clash with the Rhinos.

Precious was again to the fore, setting up three of the first five tries, scoring one himself after the break when out-sprinting the defence and he also ended with five successful kicks.

Atkinson scored two tries himself just before half-time, while eight minutes into the second half Bower touched down after receiving a ball 15 metres from the try line.

The Lions then faced their toughest test against a very determined South Africa Rhinos Test side but a fine team display swept aside the hosts.

A move down the blind side from scrum half Tony Baker saw wing Joe Budd go over, with Precious converting in a match which saw him end with a perfect six from six kicking record.

The home side hit back to level, but four minutes later Great Britain were back in front.

From a tap penalty, the ball went to Baker and from five metres from the try line he released the ball to second row Mark Holmes to score by the posts.

A slick passing move through several pairs of hands allowed Chris Walker the easiest of touchdowns.

From the restart, man of the match Scott Winstanley went on a 30-metre run, passed the ball inside to Garry Middlehurst who slipped the ball to Baker to score under the posts.

In-form kicker precious increased the Lions half-time lead to 24-6.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Lions worked a penalty into the middle of the Park and Middlehurst stepped inside the full-back to score under the posts, with Precious' goal making it 30-6.

Great Britain sealed a memorable victory with their final try of the match a minute later.

From deep in the Great Britain half, a break from substitute Bower was well backed up by captain Wildbore and with only the full-back to beat, he passed to Baker who scored under the posts. Precious wrapped up the win with the conversion.

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