THE Roosters? Adrian Morley clowns around with friend and new Cudgen Rugby League coach Jamie Mathiou.
THE Roosters? Adrian Morley clowns around with friend and new Cudgen Rugby League coach Jamie Mathiou.

Who do you want to see win the Ashes, mate?



ROOSTERS hardman Adrian Morley has one goal left ? to bury the Aussies.

While the tough Englishman, regarded by many as the world's best rugby league forward, wouldn't mind another premiership with the Roosters, it's a reverse of last year's drubbing to the Aussies he really wants.

Morley was a guest speaker at Cudgen Hornets Rugby League club's sportsman's dinner last night, where he teamed up with good mate and Cudgen's new coach Jamie Mathiou.

Speaking before the dinner, Morley said last year's Tri-Nations final loss to Australia had hurt.

"I really want to win an Ashes series," Morley said. "Representing your country at the highest level is the pinnacle."

He said there was not much separating the two teams.

"Apart from the final, all the games were close," Morley said.

"We beat them in a couple of the (earlier) games and that proved to be the boost the Aussies needed. It's not often they lose two on the trot.

"We had thought it was going to be easy (and) started to believe all the hype in the media .?.?. we were favourites, the occasion got to us."

Now, after a five-week break in England, Morley has returned to the Roosters and is as hungry as ever to be in the thick of the action.

"We (the Roosters) should go well this year," he said.

"I mean it is going to be a huge loss losing someone like Brad Fittler.

"He is a modern-day legend. But the guys we have brought in have been going well."

Earlier this week, Roosters coach Ricky Stuart announced Brett Finch would slot into Fittler's five-eighth position.

"They are big shoes for anyone to fill," Morley said.

He said the Bulldogs would again be the team to beat, with the Eels and Cowboys dark horses.

Meanwhile, the Hornets will play trial games in all three grades today against the Ipswich Jets at Cudgen Football Club.

Ipswich, who play in the Queensland Cup, are coached by Trevor 'The Axe' Gillmeister.

Mathiou said his players were keen to get onto the field after a tough pre-season.

"It's going to be a tough game for our blokes," Mathiou said.

"This is our first hit-out of the pre-season and we have a lot of new players involved. This year is going to be a learning curve."

He encouraged all Cudgen locals to get behind the team.

The main game kicks off at 7.30pm, with gates opening at 3pm. Entry is $6 for adults and free for under18s. - ADAM WRATTEN



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