Throwback: Adrian Morley sent off after 12 seconds!

This week’s throwback is one most rugby league fans will be familiar with.

In 2003 Australia toured Great Britain as they looked to retain the Ashes.

The first Test Match at Wigan’s JJB Stadium had a huge build-up and the Lions were determined to end years of disappointment against their arch-rivals.

Clearly fired up, the Great Britain players charged forward from Sean Long’s high kick-off.

Kangaroos stand-off Craig Gower caught the ball and passed to prop Robbie Kearns, only for him to be clattered instantly around the chin by an onrushing Adrian Morley.

The hit knocked KO’d Kearns and referee Steve Ganson showed Morley a red card after only 12 seconds, an incident everyone in the ground that day will never forget.

Despite the sending off, Great Britain very nearly pulled off an upset but they were edged out 22-18 in an exhilarating opening Test Match.

Morley incredibly escaped suspension for the tackle but Australia still went on to win the series 3-0, claiming two more close-fought victories in Hull and Huddersfield.

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