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Rugby League: Aussies anger at Morley's escape.

Byline: DAVID BURKE

AUSSIE boss Chris Anderson has slammed the decision not to suspend Great Britain hard-man Adrian Morley for Saturday's second Test at Hull.

Morley escaped with a pounds 2,000 fine for being sent off after 12 seconds for his high tackle on Kangaroo prop Robbie Kearns at Wigan.

Anderson, bidding to become the first Aussie coach not to lose an Ashes series since 1970, knows the importance of the Sydney Roosters forward to Britain's chances.

Under-pressure Anderson said last night: "It's disappointing because if you do the deed you should pay the penalty.

"I don't think Morley is a cheap shot man, but that was a cheap shot."

Morley will win his 11th cap in the second Think! Road Safety Test after the Australian representative on Monday night's three-man disciplinary panel was out-voted.

John McDonald, chairman of the Queensland Rugby League and a former chairman of the International Board, wanted to impose a ban but lost the argument to Great Britain representative Derek Fox and panel chairman judge Peter Charlesworth.

Charlesworth said: "The tackle was reckless rather than deliberate and it was felt no further suspension was necessary because he had in effect served a full match."

But McDonald said: "I was of the view a match penalty might have been more appropriate."

Australia are also unhappy with an alleged off-the-ball challenge by Wigan hooker Terry Newton on forward Craig Fitzgibbon, who was taken off in a daze.

The Kangaroos were forced to drop any claim for disciplinary action after video replays failed to give a clear view of the incident.

Fitzgibbon, who returned to boot two crucial goals, said: "I don't remember much about the game and there is no need for it."

But Newton, who also conceded two costly penalties, has vowed not to change his style.

He said: "I don't think I have to change things I've done, just cut out the daft penalties."

Brisbane Broncos centre Michael De Vere will win his second cap on Saturday in place of Phil Bailey, who suffered a double fracture of the eye socket at Wigan.

AUSTRALIA: Lockyer; Minichiello, De Vere, Wing, Hegarty; Gower, Kimmorley; Webcke, Buderus, Kearns, Fitzgibbon, Simpson, Ricketson. Subs: Civoniceva, Waterhouse, Mason, Crocker.

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Date:Nov 12, 2003
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