By STEVE MASCORD
BANGKOK, Oct 21 AAP – International rugby league arrived in Asia last night with a flurry of points, Gold Coast stars Matt Srama and Kevin Gordon plus their brothers accounting for 56 points in the Philippines’ flogging of Thailand. In fact, each NRL stars was ecliped by his lesser-know sibbling in the 86-0 rout at the Royal Thai Police Stadium. Titan Gordon scored two tries but his brother Dennis, who plays for Queanbeyan Blues, got four. Likewise, Srama’s one try was bettered by brother and national captain Luke’s double – although the Gold Coast hooker also kicked seven goals. Boasting mainly foreign-based professionals, the Philippines were too strong from the get-go for a home side captained by Burleigh Bears Charlie Jones but including mostly local amateurs. It was the first international ever played in Asia. Other rugby league games over the weekend saw Greece beat Vanuatu 26-14 in Port Vila, France down Wales 20-6 in Lens and England Knights lap Ireland 56-4 in Belfast, with South Sydney’s George Burgess posting two tries.
THAILAND 1. Tristan Wood (unattached) 2. Billy Damm (unattached) 3, Marcel Aloumbe (Bangkok Jap RU) 4. Karong Khamlechai (unattached) 5. Joe Peotto (Southerners RU) 6. Brett Clarke (Ponsonby Ponies) 7. Steven Lesina (Cairns Kangaroos) 8. Robert Milsom (Bangkok Jap RU) 9. Paul Bleasdale (Southerners RU) 10. Damon Adeang (Pattaya Panthers RU) 11. Andrew Tatum (Old Bangkok Bangers RU) 12. Andrew Steele (Southerners RU) 13. Charlie Jones (capt, Burleigh Bears) Interchange (all used): 14. Nisachal Maneesai (Chang Mai Tigers RU) 15. Soravit Aophon (Chang Mai Tigers RU) 16. Graham Hagan (Pattaya Panthers RU) 17. Spain Payadee (Payup RU) 20. Artit Thiamprasert (Southerners RU) 21. Michael Holt (Newcastle Centrals)
PHILIPPINES 1. William Dreves (East Campbelltown) 2. Richard Goodwin (Narrabeen) 3. Dennis Gordon (Queanbeyan Blues) 4. Kevin Gordon (Gold Coast) 5. Ron Pena (UTS) 6. Matt Srama (Gold Coast) 7. Justin Wrigley (Wests Panthers) 8. Glen Power (St Clair) 9. Luke Srama (capt, Coventry Bears) 10. Rez Phillips (Souths Logal) 11. Ned Stephenson (Mounties) 12. Sam Bernstrom (Sydney Roosters) 13. Steven Bernstrom (Sunshine Coast) Interchange (all used) 14. Ed Smith (Canberra University) 15. Jason Dreves (Easts Campbelltown) 16. Jake Smith (Souths Newcastle) 17. Chris Everingham (Philippines Volcanos) 18. Rene Payne (Bulimba Bulldogs) 19. Fred Colina (Belrose) 20. Ashley Black (South Adelaide) 21. Michael Holt (South Newcastle) 22. Mark Johno Reyes (UTS) Tries: S Bernstrom (7,72), D Gordon (9, 35, 37, 65), L Srama (15), W Dreves (17,70), M Srama (25), Phillips (42), K Gordon (69, 81), Pena (74). Goals: M Srama 7/8, W Dreves 3/3 K Gordon 2/3 Halftime: 0-46. Penalties: 6-2. GLDO 1-2.
PHILIPPINES 86 (Dennis Gordon 4, Luke Srama 2, Kevin Gordon 2, William Dreves 2, Sam Bernstrom 2, Matt Srama, Rez Phillips, Ron Pena tries; Matt Srama 7, Kevin Gordon 2, William Drewes 3, Ron Pena goals) bt THAILAND 0 at Royal Thai Police Stadium, Bangkok. Referees: Gavin and Kasey Badger (Australia). Crowd: about 150.