RL WORLD CUP WINNERS 1972 GREAT BRITAIN (Part Three)
RL World Cup winners of 1972 were Great Britain. They were led by the great Clive Sullivan.
The RLWC Final Great Britain Lions v Australia Kangaroos
Read more Great Britain Captain Clive Sullivan swoops to score the greatest try
Prop ‘Lurch’ O’Neill galloped 30 yards to score at the corner and Australia looked in control as half-time approached. Then came one of the most famous incidents in Rugby League folklore. As Loose Forward George Nicholls hit the huge Centre Harris with a massive tackle as he headed for the line. The ball jolted loose. And British skipper Clive Sullivan swooped to pick it up and sprint 80 yards down the touchline to score. And put his team level. It was a wonderful moment.
RL World Cup Winners. Legends Mike Stevenson takes a clever pass from Brian Lockwood to draw level
And, in the second half. Britain came back again after the Aussies had gone ahead 10-5. Just seven minutes from full-time. Sullivan found a gap. And passed to Brian Lockwood, who wrong-footed the defence to send hooker Stevenson over. Fingernails were bitten, but Clawson showed nerves of steel to slot over the equalising conversion.
RL World Cup Winners of 1972. Captain Clive Sullivan lifts the RLWC Trophy
Skipper Clive Sullivan lifted the cup for Great Britain for Great Britain after a 10-all draw. After extra-time. Britain were declared winners on a countback because they had the most points from the qualifying matches. Effectively, the 1972 Rugby League World Cup was won by Britain at Perpignan in the opening match against the Kangaroos.
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