FLASHBACK: August 1973

Paul KhanEASTS young prop, Paul Khan emerged from the August 5 inter-state match in Sydney as a shock candidate for the Kangaroo tour of Britain and France at the end of the season.
Khan more than matched his Blues rivals with his speed and fire and emerged with his reputation enhanced despite Queensland being on the receiving end of a 26-0 thumping.
Hooker, John Lang also put up his hand for Australian selection after a tight tussle with former World Cup star, Fred Jones, while winger, Warren Orr strengthened his claims for a spot in the touring party.
Fullback, Wayne Bennett’s form was not up to the displays which earned him Australian selection in 1971, while 1972 World Cup back, John Grant had few chances to prove himself.
The 26-0 win clinched a series whitewash for the Blues after they beat Qld 10-0 and 16-0 in Brisbane, a depressing picture indeed and proof that Maroons supporters should enjoy their current side’s domination of inter-state football.
NSW captain, Graeme Langlands was outstanding in Game III, making it clear he wanted to be captain of the Kangaroos as well as coach, with the ARL handing him the coaching reins in July.
Langlands scored two tries, one from a sensational long pass from Arthur Beetson, the former Redcliffe star who had moved to Sydney in 1966.
Beetson and fellow giant front rower, Bill Hamilton were too powerful for the Maroons pack.
Wide Bay centre, Ian Pearce was flown to Sydney as an emergency back following doubts over Gerry Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick passed a late fitness test, and lasted 50 minutes before being replaced by Bob Beatson.

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