Brilliant Britain batter Kangaroos

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GREAT Britain blew the Tri-Nations series wide open after a superb 23-12 win over Australia - their first Down Under since 1992 - in a bruising battle at Sydney's Aussie Stadium.

And Australian second rower Willie Mason faces a hearing tomorrow after being charged with punching Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden in the opening minutes.

The Australia enforcer was officially charged with the strike - which broke Fielden's nose - after the match.

The sides were tied 6-6 at the break, Paul Wellens touching down for the Lions and Greg Inglis for the hosts, then skipper Jamie Peacock put the visitors ahead before opposite number Darren Lockyer levelled things.

But it was to be the hosts' last score as the Lions stepped up their attack . After 62 minutes, Leon Pryce found Lee Gilmour who angled his run superbly to scythe through the home defence.

Then, after 70 minutes, the inspirational Sean Long set up the attack which culminated in Gareth Raynor scoring in the corner.

The victory puts Great Britain in a perfect position ahead of their trip to New Zealand for a clash with the Kiwis.

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