Mitchell continues fine family tradition of scoring in HK

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 November, 2008, 12:00am

There must be something in the water in Hong Kong that brings out the best in Drew Mitchell's family.

Both of Mitchell's brothers, Zane and Bronsen, have played on tours to Hong Kong for the Australian army in recent years, with both getting on the scoresheet here.

It was only natural, then, that Drew should continue the family tradition by doing the same for the Wallabies and he duly pounced for two tries yesterday. 'I'd never thought of it as being a lucky place to play, but considering how my brothers have done over here I should have known,' Mitchell said.

'Both of them played here for the Australian army side and did well, so maybe I should play here more often.'

Mitchell was only playing on the wing because Lote Tuqiri was out injured, but he grabbed his chance and showed he has what it takes to perform at the highest level.

It also gives him bragging rights over his pal Tuqiri, and he intends to remind him about this performance as often as possible.

'There's good banter in the squad and I'll be making the most of it with Lote when I've got the chance,' he said. 'Lote will be fully fit soon so I have to make the most of the opportunity. We're a pretty tight group so it'll be good for a laugh. We're always pushing each other in training and trying to get the best out of each other. That's the way it should be.'

Despite his impressive performance, Mitchell still would have given it all up for a Wallabies victory.

'It's disappointing to have come up short. It was a tough loss collectively,' Mitchell said.

'A few errors and bit of indiscipline let us down in the end so that's something we'll have to work on.

'But we've still some major games to play on our European tour and hopefully we'll put those things right before our next game [against Italy next weekend].'