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Title: ... p108 - Mark Broadhurst Qld tour of UK game v Hull Kingston Rovers by John Oliver, Hull

Broadhurst hit him with a left hook right in front of the referee - Dropped him like a stone


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John Oliver, Hull


Early 80's


Hull KR V Queensland - Early 80's - Queensland were more interested in having a fight than playing Rugby - Hooker (can't remember his name) for Queensland was hitting everyone until he ran into Mark Broadhurst (Ex Boxer - could tell by his very bent nose)in only his 2nd or 3rd game for Rovers. Broadhurst hit him with a left hook right in front of the referee - Dropped him like a stone - Broadhurst was a hero after that and Rovers won the game 6-4 (Mike Smith scoring the winning try)

(From Quigs - and here is the video proof.....
Mark Broadhurst drops Queenslander, Hull Kr vs Queensland 1983
To view just click the Link :- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62XSX_w8aQk

22/10/2006 Quigs here "I posted the yourtube link on the Sharkies Forum and received some great info"

Popper kicked the goal and answered the question "who was the No9" His Answer
It was a bloke named Shane Bernardin, Quigs. Played for Redcliffe in Qld, I believe.

The Knowledgeable Blacktip Reefy also contributed with this from the Hull website.

Thanks to http://www.hullkr.co.uk for this article.

For the best part of the decade British Rugby League had been tempting to to close the gap on the Australians, mostly without success. The season of 1987 saw Wigan crowned unofficial club champions when they beat Manly and earlier, Hull Kingston Rovers showed that the Aussies need not rule OK.

In October 1983, the Australian State champions Queensland arrived for a mini-tour. Coached by then Australian national coach, Artie Beetson, and captained by Wally Lewis, already being hailed as the finest player in the world.

Their tour began at Craven Park just as the full Australian tour had done 12 months before, and as on that occasion, it proved an acrimonious start.

They met a reshaped Hull KR side on October 16 and far from dazzling the crowd with their skills, they shocked them with their aggressive violence.

Unchecked by referee Robin Whitfield, Queensland laid into an unsuspecting Rovers side with a savagery nobody had expected.

Within half-an-hour they had claimed three victims. Prop Roy Holdstock and hooker David Watkinson were carried off and stand-off Steve Hartley was led away with a broken arm.

But for the prior arrangement of four substitutes a side, Rovers would have been in a hopeless position before half-time.

As it was, they seemed badly up against it. An early penalty by Lewis and a well-worked try by the same player on the one occasion Queensland showed flair rather than fire, gave the tourists a 6-0 lead after 13 minutes.

In reply, George Fairbairn slotted over two penalties, the first after 29 minutes for the collective fouls on Holdstock, the second just before half-time.

But just as significant as Fairbairn's two goals had been the influence of Rover's latest overseas capture, the New Zealand international prop Mark Broadhurst.

Broadhurst, a one-time boxer, adopted an un-changing approach to Rugby League. He always played the game hard and fair. It took a lot to make him lose his temper.

The Queensland hooker, Shane Bernardin, discovered how much in the 36th minute. Repeatedly niggling Broadhurst in the tackle without the referee stepping in, he finally blew the fuse at the end of the Kiwi's temper.

As the two squared up at the play-the-ball, Broadhurst unleashed a left hook of stunning power. Bernardin went up and dropped like a sack of potatoes.

It should have been an instant dismissal, but the crowd were on their feet cheering and applauding the first act of Rovers' retaliation. Mr Whitfield contented himself with the penalty award.

Queensland were never the same again. Deprived of their physical superiority by Broadhurst's punch they went to pieces in the second half.

Only three minutes after the break Rovers were ahead, Mike Smith gratefully accepting the chance when winger Mitch Brennan made a hash of his attempt to gather Gordon Smith's angled kick for the corner.

And that was that. Queensland had their chances, but Rovers' tackling was sure and solid and even the normally sharp Lewis was forced into tactical errors, scorning kickable penalties in favour of quick taps.

Little Wonder that when he remembered a goal would earn a draw, his nerve was so shattered that he missed a relatively simple penalty that would have given Queensland a draw.

It had taken a Kiwi forward in a Rover's shirt to show Britain the way. Stand up to the Aussie, don't be overawed by their physical approach, and they are beatable. Still Hull Kingston Rovers proved to be the only British club that could manage to defeat the Australian State champions on their mini-tour.

The team card for the game was (Thanks to Blacktip Reefy)


Tries: Mike Smith
Goals: George Fairbairn 2
Team: George Fairbairn; Gary Clark, Mike Smith, John Dorahy, Gary Prohm; Steve Hartley, Gordon Smith; Roy Holdstock, David Watkinson, Mark Broadhurst, Phil Hogan, Chris Burton, David Hall Subs: - Kelly, Lazenby, Laws, ??


Tries: Wally Lewis
Goals: Wally Lewis
Team: Colin Scott; Steve Stacey, Gene Miles, Brett French, Mitch Brennan; Wally Lewis ©, Mark Murray; Paul Kahn, Shane Bernardin, Brad Tessman, Bryan Niebling, Chris Phelan, Wally Fullerton-Smith Subs: - Jones, Patterson, Lindenburg, Kilroy
Coach: Arthur Beetson

Appears in the following pages ....P108_Mark BROADHURST
Date of posting ... 01-May-2006
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