Australian hooker Jason Hetherington (left) and New Zealand skipper Gary Freeman
Australian hooker Jason Hetherington (left) and New Zealand skipper Gary Freeman

Pride is at stake for ?Test? Legends

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

ALL ROADS lead to Marley Brown Oval tonight where TransTasman supremacy goes on the line as rivals Australia and New Zealand meet in the inaugural Legends 'Test'.

With national pride at stake, both sides are expected to give their all and put on a great show for the capacity crowd.

New Zealand captain Gary Freeman is one of the 32 legends in action and he has his sights on not leaving Gladstone empty handed.

"We want to win, that is for sure,'' Freeman said. "It promises to be a great game and it is fantastic all the boys have come together for it.''

Still looking as fit as he was during his illustrious career, Freeman is hoping for an open, entertaining game and didn't miss a chance to have a friendly jab at referee Bill Harrigan.

"Mate, we are here to put on a show for the Gladstone public and if Bill can keep us apart enough, there will be plenty of tries,'' he joked.

Legendary Australian coach Tom Raudonikis is also looking forward to the Test, having tasted success as coach of NSW in the 2004 Origin Legends clash.

"I can't wait for the game, it really promises to be a cracker,'' Raudonikis said.

"Both teams have a lot of talent and the crowd are going to see the skills from some of the legends of the game.

"When I coached NSW in the last game here we won, so I hope with a bit of luck we can do that again.

"No-one likes getting beaten by the Kiwis.'' Kick-off is at 7.40pm.

Teams Australia Robbie O'Davis, Willie Carne, Gary Belcher, Brett Mullins, Eric Grothe, Dale Shearer, Cliff Lyons, Martin Bella, Ben Elias (c), Craig Greenhill, Dan Stains, Gary Larson, Wayne Bartrim, Jason Hetherington, Brian Niebling, Phil Daley. New Zealand Richie Barnett, Jason Williams, Sam Panapa, Sean Hoppe, Shane Horo, Gene Ngamu, Gary Freeman (c), Jason Lowrie, Clayton Friend, Grant Young, Sam Stewart, Mark Horo, Tony Tatupu, James Goulding, Kurt Sorensen, Gary Kemble. Referee Bill Harrigan



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