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A week after the Wallabies’ first test match in Sydney, the touring British arrived in Queensland to begin their most extensive tour to-date, which included matches all the way up the coast to Rockhampton.
With selection for the second ever Wallabies test on the line the Reds side, buoyed by the return of key players, ran out to rapturous applause.
Queensland Representative Number 163, Arthur Corfe, “tall, raw-boned” son of Toowoomba Grammar Headmaster, broke the game open with his blistering speed in the first half, crossing for two tries, and aiding the side’s most prolific try scorer, Queensland Representative Number 134, William ‘Poley’ Evans to cross for his 17th and final try for Queensland.
Going into the half 11-0 up, Queensland had to hold off the shocked Brits, notably the "Welsh wizard", centre Gwynne Nichols, for another 40 minutes. Conceding only a try to Lions Captain Matthew Mullineux, Queensland delighted the crowded Exhibition Ground with a resounding win, 11-3.
I'd reckon his weight as eight-stun-eight,
And his height as five-foot-two,
With a face as plain as an eight-day clock
And a walk as brisk as a bantam-cock --
Game as a bantam, too,
Hard and wiry and full of steam,
That's the boss of the English Team,
A.B. "Banjo" Patterson – The Reverand Mullineux
Make sure you're there at Suncorp Stadium on April 21 for the St.George Queensland Reds' clash against the Chiefs in Queensland Rugby's 1000th capped match.
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26 MAY 2018