Kimmorley leads demolition job

Cumbria 12 Anzacs 64
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Brett Kimmorley showed last night that he was ready and willing if Australia need him for their Tri-Nations' clash in Great Britain on Saturday leading the way as the combined side demolished Cumbria.

Kimmorley is the likely replacement for the injured Australia captain Darren Lockyer and he displayed his familiar range of skills. Apart from playing a part in several tries, he kicked nine goals from 10 attempts as the locals were predictably overpowered.

The prop Mark O'Meley was equally outstanding with a hat-trick of tries for a team that might have played in a bizarre combination of Australian and New Zealand colours, but which soon struck up an understanding.

The pattern was set early with Matt Bowen jinking in for a try and O'Meley barging over for another. Matt Cooper picked up a loose ball for a third Anzacs' try, closely followed by one from Bradford's Shontayne Hape.

For Cumbria Carl Sice had a try disallowed for being offside when chasing a kick. Then Jon Roper provided the hosts only real hope with a 40-20 kick from which Matt Gardner got away a splendid pass for Craig Calvert to score. That just provoked the visitors, O'Meley getting the ball out of the tackle to Bowen with Dean Halatau arriving to finish the move.

Kimmorley set up two tries at the start of the second half, one for the excellent O'Meley and one for Scott Hill, before Calvert got a second, thanks to good work from Paul Davidson and Craig Walsh. Calvert almost had a hat-trick before Oliver Wilkes got over for Cumbria, only for the Anzacs to finish strongly with tries from Brent Tate, Henry Fa'afili, a second from Hape and O'Meley completing his hat-trick.

CUMBRIA: Broadbent; Calvert, Seeds, M Gardner, A Gardner, Roper, Walsh; Burgess, Sice, Jackson, H Hill, Wilkes, McDowell. Substitutes used: Wilson, McKinney, Beaumont, Lunt, Davidson.

ANZACS: Bowen; Cooper, Tate, Hape, Lolesi, S Hill, Kimmorley; O'Meley, Halatau, Rauhihi, Toopi, Koopu, Chan. Substitutes used: Roarty, Fa'afili, Sione, Nero.

Referee: G Black (New Zealand).