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Brett Morris out to continue hot streak

Steve Jancetic 30/10/2010 06:51:13 PM Comments (0)

So successful has Brett Morris been in the green and gold that the Australian winger's try-scoring strike rate dropped despite finding the line in last week's big win over Papua New Guinea.

Heading into Sunday's Four Nations clash against England at AAMI Park, Morris is now averaging 1.5 tries per Test, his nine touchdowns from six games matching the feats of Brett Dallas - who once scored four tries in a romp over Fiji.

Yet amazingly, the St George Illawarra premiership-winner has found himself shifted from his favoured left flank to the right to accommodate other players - first for Jarryd Hayne in last year's Four Nations final and then again this year when dual international Lote Tuqiri was handed his Test recall.

And Morris hasn't just taken the move in his stride, he's thrived.

He scored a double in last year's final win over England and again in the May Test win over New Zealand, while he also found the stripe last weekend, while the man on the left has scored just once in those three games.

"I think it's a little bit of a charm for me going to the right side," Morris said.

"It's not too bad - I suppose just being a winger you're just out there really anyway on the wing.

"It's just changing your habits ... you've just got to swap it over."

While anticipated wet weather could hamper Australia's efforts to get the ball to their speed merchants on Sunday, the Kangaroos have had plenty of success in going around England in recent meetings between the two sides.

In 2008, both Billy Slater and Greg Inglis scored hat-tricks in a 52-4 hammering, while Slater again came up with a double as Inglis and Morris also scored in the preliminary round win during last year's Four Nations campaign.

Then in the final, all three again found the stripe - Slater with another hat-trick and Morris collecting a double in the 46-16 win.

"The things that we've done well in the past, we'd be silly to go away from that," Australian skipper Darren Lockyer said in an ominous warning to the English.

And of course, it's music to the ears of Morris.

"Obviously the boys get me a bit of ball which is good and I'm just doing me best to finish them," Morris said.

"Being a winger you like scoring tries and there's no better feeling than scoring a try for Australia."

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