FLASHBACK: June 1984

Great Britain forward, David Hobbs was banned for three games and fined $1,000 after he was sent off for a blatant elbow to the head of Australian hooker, Greg Conescu in the dying seconds of the First Test of the 1984 Ashes series at the SCG.
It was a vicious end to a match which featured two wild brawls; the sin binning of Greg Dowling (Australia) and Lee Crooks (Britain) and several strange decisions by Kiwi referee, Ray Shrimpton.
But no-one disputed Shrimpton’s decision to march Hohbs after he sent one of Conescu’s front teeth flying through the air with a cheap shot not in keeping with his reputation at the famous Featherstone Rovers club in England.
Conescu was carried from the field on a stretcher, but declared himself available for all football after visiting the dentist three days later.
Australia, with Wally Lewis as captain for the first time, won 25-8 in front of a crowd of 30,190, many of whom booed the Queensland star after he had been such a thorn in the side of the Blues at State of Origin level.
The boos were reserved for the Poms at fulltime, after the Conescu incident.
“What happened to Conescu was sad,” said former Australian skipper, John Sattler. “That’s why the bloke that hit him was wearing a reserve’s jersey. Nobody minds being hurt in a legal tackle, but Hobbs just took a cheap shot.”
There were nine Queenslanders in the Australian team, coached by Frank Stanton.

Greg Conescu (centre) at Queensland training with Greg Dowling passing to Wally Fullerton Smith. Mark Murray is on Conescu's right.

Greg Conescu (centre) at Queensland training with Greg Dowling passing to Wally Fullerton Smith. Mark Murray is on Conescu’s right.

 

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