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50 most memorable moments v Australians

12th January 2018 | 8:58 am

By Phil Daly

As we count down to the World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm on Friday 16th February, we are counting down each day with 50 of the most memorable moments for the club against Australian sides down the years from Kangaroos to Cowboys.

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As we count down to the World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm on Friday 16th February, we are counting down each day with 50 of the most memorable moments for the club against Australian sides down the years from Kangaroos to Cowboys.

35. Billy Smith sent off in Kangaroos win

On 25th November 1967, Leeds took on Australia at Headingley and won a tough game 7-4 however it was Kangaroos scrum half Billy Smith who grabbed the headlines when he was sent off.

Twice-winner of the Harry Sunderland Medal for best Australian player in an Ashes series, he tempered his brilliant skills with a dash of rashness on and off the field. Smith played Tests against France (1964), New Zealand (1965 and 1967) and Great Britain (1966) before touring with the 1967-68 Kangaroos. After captaining NSW in 1967, the formidable halfback played in five of the six Tests on tour and savoured victory with Australia’s World Cup team the following year. A smashed jaw in 1969 saw him miss most of the season’s rep matches, but in the following year he played in two Tests against Great Britain and was named vice-captain of Australia’s World Cup team. Smith captained Australia in the opening match against Great Britain (an 11-4 loss) and his toughness was an integral part of Australia’s subsequent win in the final in the infamous Battle of Headingley.

Those who saw him in 1967 could have expected more fireworks. It was a cold and miserable day for the game, which kept the crowd down but Leeds sensed they had a great chance for victory when Smith was sent off after just 22 minutes for a vicious high tackle on Leeds centre Dick Gemmell. However, the Kangaroos held on to win 7-4 after Leeds could only managed goals from Dewhurst and Seabourne.

The Leeds team that day was: Dewhurst, Langley, Hynes, Gemmell, Atkinson, Shoebottom, Seabourne, Sunderland, Crosby, K Eyre, Fozzard, A Eyre, Hick

Subs: Watson, Batten

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