MATT KING
MATT KING

Calm before Test storm

By STEVE SPINKS

sport@northernstar.com.au

AUSTRALIAN rugby league winger Matt King found time to catch up with family at Lennox Head this week before flying out to the United Kingdom with the rest of the Tri-Nations squad today.

It's been a boom season for the Melbourne Storm centre with selection in the NSW Country, New South Wales and Australian representative teams.

But even though he's excited about the prospect of taking on Great Britain, King admitted a break was exactly what the body and mind needed.

"It's been great going to the beach every day and playing with my nieces and nephews," he wrote on the Melbourne Storm website.

"It's been good to get away from footy because it's been a pretty long season, and the next month overseas will be pretty intense.

"I'm pretty excited about going to England. As with most overseas trips, I'll be looking to have a good time.

"It's unbelievable that I'm getting to go to England on a Kangaroos tour. It's massive ? it's probably the biggest thing you can do in rugby league."

Dropped balls

Despite scoring a try in his Test debut, King was down on his performance after Australia lost to New Zealand 38-28 in Sydney.

"I was pretty filthy, to be honest," he said.

"I dropped a couple of balls, which was disappointing considering I pride myself on not doing that.

"To do it on my Australian debut was bad. I scored a try which was nice, but it didn't make up for my performance."

However, the Kangaroos' 28-26 victory in the return match in New Zealand soothed King's bad memories of his first Test.

"The dressing rooms were a far happier place to be after our 28-26 win," he said.

"We enjoyed our first beer together afterwards since we met up on the first day, so it was a good night.

"Surfing legends Andy Irons, Mark Occhilupo and Joel Parkinson were staying in the same hotel as us in Auckland and they came down to enjoy a few celebratory drinks with us, which was great."



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