Lions History

New Zealand 2005 - Fixtures & Results

New Zealand
British and Irish Lions

21 vs 3

December 25, 2012 19:10 PM - Jade Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand 21 British and Irish Lions 3

New Zealand

Tries:

Ali Williams (1()

Sitiveni Sivivatu (1)

Cons:

Dan Carter (1)

Pens:

Dan Carter (3)

British and Irish Lions

Pens:

Jonny Wilkinson (1)

Overview

The Lions suffered a heavy defeat in the first Test against New Zealand after losing captain Brian O'Driscoll to a tour-ending injury.

The Irishman was stretchered off after just one minute with a dislocated shoulder and the Lions never recovered.

All Black fly-half Daniel Carter kicked two penalties before Ali Williams crossed after a poor Lions line-out.

Sitiveni Sivivatu scored a stunning try after the break while the Lions could only add a Jonny Wilkinson penalty.

On an atrocious night in Christchurch, the Lions received a massive blow when O'Driscoll was carried off after receiving a heavy tackle from New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga.

And hopes of a Lions victory seemed to disappear with him down the Jade Stadium tunnel.

Despite losing their talisman, the Lions responded well for a brief period and New Zealand had defensive jitters when Martin Corry charged down a Justin Marshall clearance.

But it was the last bit of joy for the Lions as the All Blacks went on to dominate every area of the game.

New Zealand's forwards won the battle up front, their defensive line came up quickly to prevent the Lions releasing their backs and the tourist's line-out fell apart.

The strike power of New Zealand was highlighted in the seventh minute when fly-half Daniel Carter broke through the Lions defence.

The Lions tried to cover but a penalty was given away and Carter kicked the first points of the game.

Soon afterwards, the Lions were forced onto the back foot again after Shane Byrne's line-out throw missed his jumpers.

The red shirts desperately tried to hold their line and Paul O'Connell was sin-binned after taking out an All Black from an offside position to prevent the try and Carter increased the lead.

With a man down, the tourists were on the back foot and were not helped by some wayward kicking that either failed to give the Lions decent territory or went straight down the throats of New Zealand's dangerous back three.

Carter's kick to the corner almost played in flying wing Sivivatu but Jason Robinson and Josh Lewsey combined to keep him out.

Lions hopes were then further dented on 18 minutes when blind-side flanker Richard Hill was forced to leave the field with Ryan Jones taking his place.

The All Blacks were able to attack again on 24 minutes when a cross-field kick to Lewsey, a tactic employed with success on the tour so far, was way off the mark.

New Zealand swept forward but Jones was on hand to bundle the impressive Leon MacDonald out of bounds.

However, Byrne's line-out throw went straight to All Black lock Ali Williams who had the easy job of bursting through for a soft try.

The first-half continued to be one-way traffic with New Zealand threatening at regular intervals.

The Lions, however, did get a chance to put some points on the board with three minutes to go in the first half, but Wilkinson's kick went wide.

With the rain and sleet sheeting down, the Lions knew they had to get off to a solid start in the second half but, just four minutes in, Carter added his third kick to make it 14-0.

Three minutes later, New Zealand showed they could cope with the conditions as they crossed again with a sparkling try.

Aaron Mauger broke the line and offloaded to Tana Umaga. The New Zealand captain fired a wonderful long pass out to Sivivatu, who stepped inside to finish superbly.

The score seemed to knock the stuffing out of the men in red and despite Wilkinson kicking a penalty on 56 minutes, they did not possess the guile out wide to threaten the try-line.

With conditions continuing to deteriorate and result not in doubt, the game lost its intensity and the Lions head for the second Test in Wellington with a lot of work to do.

Source: BBC

Line Ups

New Zealand

Leon MacDonald

Doug Howlett

Tana Umaga (capt)

Aaron Mauger

Sitiveni Sivivatu

Dan Carter

Justin Marshall

Tony Woodcock

Keven Mealamu

Carl Hayman

Chris Jack

Ali Williams

Jerry Collins

Richie McCaw

Rodney So'oialo

Replacements

Mils Muliaina

Rico Gear

Byron Kelleher

Greg Somerville

Derren Witcombe

Sione Lauaki

Jono Gibbes

British and Irish Lions

Jason Robinson

Josh Lewsey

Brian O'Driscoll (capt)

Jonny Wilkinson

Gareth Thomas

Stephen Jones

Dwayne Peel

Gethin Jenkins

Shane Byrne

Julian White

Paul O'Connell

Ben Kay

Richard Hill

Neil Back

Martin Corry

Replacements

Shane Horgan

Will Greenwood

Matt Dawson

Steve ThompsonDan

ny Grewcock

Ryan Jones

Graham Rowntree

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