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Rugby League: Kris of life to roaring Lions Ashes dream; GB 52 N ZEALAND A 18.

Byline: DAVID BURKE

WIGAN full back Kris Radlinski scored a hat-trick of tries in his first appearance as Great Britain skipper at Headingley.

Britain swept to the expected runaway victory against plucky Kiwi amateurs, but produced a shaky first half show in the only warm-up match before the first Think!Road Safety Test against Australia at Wigan on Saturday week.

St Helens scrum half Sean Long helped set up four of Britain's nine touchdowns and also booted five goals from six attempts.

But Warrington prop Paul Wood, the shock choice in the Great Britain squad, suffered a shoulder injury which could rule him out of the three-match series.

Britain led only 24-12 at the break before adding touchdowns in the second half through Paul Anderson, Kevin Sinfield, David Hodgson and two more from Radlinski.

Kiwi full back Lusi Sione also grabbed a hat-trick of tries.

Sione grabbed two tries in eight minutes, both converted by Steve Buckingham, to knock any complacency out of Britain.

And an experimental home side also suffered a worry with forward Adrian Morley limping off with a thigh injury.

But David Waite's men recovered with Radlinski going over for the opening touchdown.

Then Gareth Ellis, Wakefield's first international for 12 years, stepped inside the cover before Long and Lee Gilmour combined for Castleford's Ryan Hudson to touch down.

It wasn't an impressive show by the home side, but Keith Senior took Long's pass to ease the pressure and put them on the road to a second half stroll.

GREAT BRITAIN: T: Radlinski 3, Ellis, Hudson, Senior, Anderson, Sinfield, Hodgson. G: Long 5, Sinfield 3.

NEW ZEALAND A: T: Sione 3. G: Buckingham 3. HT:24-12.

GREAT BRITAIN captain Andy Farrell was last night cleared to resume training despite a knee injury and is expected to lead Britain in the first Test against Australia on November 8.

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GARETH ELLIS crosses for Great Britain's second try
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 30, 2003
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