The Australians completed a 4-0 test series victory over the UK with a comprehensive victory in the final test, running out 35-14 winners. This was in stark comparison to the third test which was a very close affair, though ultimately the Australians managed to win 23-19.
In the third test, going into to the fifth chukka the UK lead by 11-8 but a weaker fifth chukka by the UK ladies, who until then had been going well, saw the UK surrender their lead and go 12-11 down. From then on Australia enforced their dominance and always lead by a few goals.
The fourth test was scrappy affair, particularly early on and after a few chukkas it was tied up at 7 all. Then Australia started to find their form and the UK couldn’t live with them as the goals came thick and fast and by the end of the sixth chukka it was clear that the UK hopes of a test victory were over.
The UK ladies did not enjoy the same success that they had against the Australians in the first two tests, possibly because the Australians were determined to prove that they could beat them. Also, particularly in the final test, mistakes crept into the UK game, whereas in the last few chukkas the Australians were inch perfect.
The UK men had a great third test and Greg Sargeant, who was playing at number 3 which is very unusual, had a particularly good game. The fourth test they didn’t seem to be able to find the same form and they weren’t helped by the fact Australia were on irresistably good form.
It is a shame that the UK lost the final test by such a large margin, they didnt deserve to seeing how hard they fought, but ultimately Australia showed again why they are the best in the world and showed that everyone else still has some catching up to do.