posted on Oct, 31 2004 @ 05:12 AM
Australia snatched a dramatic victory with 33 seconds to spare to break Great Britain hearts once more and move through to the Gillette Tri-Nations
final at Elland Road on November 27.
In a finish all-too familiar to British fans, the Kangaroos came from behind to secure a seventh straight win over the old enemy thanks to winger Luke
Rooney's second try in the very last move of the match.
The final act of a tense Test match silenced a 38,572 crowd at the City of Manchester Stadium which had been preparing to celebrate if not a rare
victory then at least an honourable draw.
In a nail-biting finale with the scores tied at 8-8, Britain missed three drop-goal attempts to break the deadlock and Brett Kimmorley failed with two
for the Aussies.
Britain were caught wrong-footed as Kimmorley shaped to make a third attempt at a one-pointer but instead ran the ball and centre Willie Tonga gave
Rooney just enough space to squeeze over for his fifth try in three games.
The heart-breaker was a vivid reminder of last year's Ashes Series in which Britain frittered away leads in all three Tests to suffer last-gasp
defeats each time.
It was a cruel way for Brian Noble to start his rein as Great Britain coach for his side were in charge after long-range tries from threequarters
Martin Gleeson and Brian Carney gave them an 8-0 lead.
It was also tough on Great Britain forwards Andy Farrell, Stuart Fielden - the man of the match - and Adrian Morley, who had helped lay the victory
foundations with a massive forward effort.