The Australian Jackaroos have all but secured the honours in their pre-Commonwealth Games test against England, having reached an unassailable lead with two sessions remaining.
Australia is in the box seat leading into the penultimate round of the Australia v England Test at Broadbeach, following another clinical performance this morning.
The Jackaroos broke away to a 38-point lead over the English Lions, 65-27, after securing another five victories from six starts, with just two sessions remaining in the three-day event.
The men’s triples teaming of Brett Wilkie, Scott Thulborn and Aron Sherriff stormed out of the blocks with a 6 on the first end, and from that point on controlled the tempo of the match to claim a 20-13 win.
The pairing of Barrie Lester and newcomer Corey Wedlock took a while to catch up to the classiness of Englishmen Loius Ridout and Sam Tolchard, trailing 9-2 early in the contest.
A run of six successive end wins saw the Aussies take the lead, until a 5 to Tolchard saw the English gain the ascendancy and run out narrow victors, 17-16.
Ray Pearse and Aaron Wilson teamed up to take on David Bolt and Jamie Chestney, with the Jackaroos prevailing 24-9.
In the women’s rubbers, a classic singles match unfolded between Kristina Krstic and Natalie Chestney.
Krstic started the match like a whirlwind with the first 12 shots of the contest, but by end 15, Chestney had levelled the score back to 13-13.
From there the margin was never more than a shot either way, with Krstic triumphing 21-20.
In contrast, the Australian pair of Kelsey Cottrell and Karen Murphy had a little bit more breathing room in their contest.
They held a comfortable 16-5 margin at the half-way point, and despite a spirited fightback from Rebecca Field and Wendy King, the Australians ran away 21-12 winners.
The fours team of Carla Krizanic, Ellen Ryan, Rebecca Van Asch and Natasha Scott were the final grouping of the seventh session.
The contingent gelled strongly as a team and dropped only 5 ends for the match, to pencil in a final score of 19-8.
The five-from-six games result have seen the Australian team take an insurmountable lead into the final two tests, but with national pride on the line, you can guarantee there will be no quarter given in the ensuing match-ups.