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Morris not minor in his Test debut

By Steve Jancetic 09/11/2009 07:01:46 AM Comments (0)

Anyone daring question Josh Morris's desire to get a try on his Test debut need only take a look at his cut-up knees after Australia's 42-4 win over France in Paris.

Just a few minutes into Saturday's contest Morris thought he had found the French defence napping when he looked to touch down on a rolling ball in the in-goal.

The ball beat him over the dead ball line, but Morris was already on his way, the Bulldogs centre flying over an advertising hoarding and straight onto lane one of the running track which surrounded the Stade Chaterly playing surface.

"I got airborne and I landed flat on my back and it winded me," Morris said.

"It took me a couple of minutes to get over that but I would have done anything to get over for that first try.

"I landed on the track. My knees are all cut up - I'll be feeling good tomorrow."

With that chance gone, Morris had to wait until the second half to get a second opportunity - only to see twin brother Brett steal a Darren Lockyer kick from his grasp as it edged towards the corner post.

Brett came around and scored under the posts, and then backed it up with another two minutes later to take his tally to four tries from his first three Tests.

Josh meanwhile was still stuck on zero.

Finally Josh got one when Brett turned provider with a nice inside ball, but his sibling still had bragging rights.

"(Brett) was giving me stick after I scored one out on the field," Josh said.

"There was a bit of friendly banter going on out there and when I got the second one I was pretty happy.

"I'll remember this for the rest of my life.

"He said he gave me that first one because he stole that second one off me."

While the tries capped off a memorable day, just being able to run out in the green and gold together was enough for Josh.

"I got to stand next to him in the national anthem and was holding him pretty tight," he said.

"I'll remember that moment for the rest of my life."

While Josh will cherish his first game in the green and gold, captain Darren Lockyer said it would probably take him to get back home to family and friends to truly appreciate his record-breaking feats.

Having already surpassed Mal Meninga as the most capped Australian Test player and joined Ken Irvine at the top of the try-scorers list, Lockyer on Saturday went past Clive Churchill for the most Tests as captain of Australia.

"It was a special occasion," he said.

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