FLASHBACK: October 1982

malAustralian coach, Frank Stanton caused a furore back in Queensland when he dumped incumbent test five eighth, Wally Lewis in favour of Parranmatta’s Brett Kenny for the First Test against Great Britain at Hull’s Boothferry Park.
Stanton said Lewis’s form did not warrant his selection, but there was a feeling in Queensland he had never been given a chance to push for his spot, with Kenny and Peter Sterling playing behind the best packs in the more high profile games on tour.
In the end Stanton’s selection policy was justified with Australia destroying Great Britain 40-4, even though French referee, Julian Rascagneres penalised the tourists 21-7.
The crowd figure was 32,500, but thousands of fans were turned away by police.
Centre, Mal Meninga scored a try and kicked eight goals for a 19 point haul, one point short of the individual Test record held by Mick Cronin and Graeme Langlands.
Former Great Britain halfback, Alex Murphy said the Kangaroos were “on another planet”, while Geoffrey Nicholson in the Sunday Observer, had this to say: “It would be hard to deny them (Australia) another and scarcely more modest title, as the most efficient national rugby side, of either code, in the world.”
The well behaved crowd also received plaudits from the press, given there was widespread fan violence in soccer across England the same weekend.

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