Tour Information

Fixtures

Melbourne
British Lions

0 vs 35

June 25, 2013 10:30 AM - AAMI Park, Melbourne

Melbourne 0 British Lions 35

Melbourne

British Lions

Tries:

Murray, Maitland, O'Brien, penalty, Youngs

Overview

Not a perfect performance from the Lions, with messed up lineouts, some dropped passes and a knock on. But when they have clicked into gear, they looked far better than their hosts.

The looked to play with width and pace, but a knock on at an attacking line-out soon relieved the pressure on the Lions.

The power of their pack – not least the scrum- is making the difference and giving the likes of Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi the chance to shine in attack.

After winning a penalty from their first scrum, they demolished the Rebels in another, paving the way for Murray to scramble over in the right corner after Faletau was held short.

They might have had a second moments later after establishing another strong position in the Rebels 22, but Cole’s fumble halted momentum.

It was an untidy few minutes from the England tight-head, who then proceeded to knock on, before the Lions were penalised for collapsing a scrum.

Some neat play by Tuilagi on the left wing allowed the powerful centre to scatter defenders and pave the way for a fine team try. with Zebo sending the ball over to Maitland who scored a beauty. Owen Farrell converts.

During the second half, the Lions started to dominate possession and territory, with Tuilagi prominent in attack.

The Rebels have a crack but the Lions defence is solid as they force a penalty as the Rebels hold on at a ruck. The Lions kick a penalty to the corner and win the line-out this time.

Worrying signs for a moment as O’Brien is injured in a ruck, but he explodes to score a great penalty try from a line-out, crashing over.

Owen Farrell, drills the kick over from the touchline. These Lions kickers really are something else - Farrell making 18 out of 19 in total on the tour. Hogg came on to replace Farrel, perhaps to preserve him for the next test.

Youngs scored a superb fifth try with seven minutes left as he sprinted onto fellow replacement Tom Croft's line-out tap-down to out-strip the remaining cover.

O'Brian scores a try against Rebels

Line Ups

Melbourne

Jason Woodward, Tom English, Mitch Inmar, Rory Sidey, Lachlan Mitchell, Bryce Hegarty, Luke Burgess; Nic Henderson, Ged Robinson, Laurie Weeks, Cadeyrn Neville, Hugh Pyle, Jarrod Saffy, Scott Fuglistaller, Gareth Delve (capt).

Replacements

Pat Leafa (for Robinson, 61) Cruze Ah-Nau (for Henderson, 61) Paul Alo-Emilie (for Weeks, 61), Luke Jones (for Pyle, 41), Jordy Reid (for Delve, 56), Nic Stirzaker (for Burgess, 56), Angus Roberts (for Hegarty, 72), Cooper Vuna (for Inman, 50).
British Lions

Rob Kearney; Sean Maitland, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Simon Zebo; Owen Farrell, Conor Murray; Ryan Grant, Richard Hibbard, Dan Cole, Richie Gray, Ian Evans, Dan Lydiate (capt), Sean O'Brien, Toby Faletau.

 

Replacements

Rory Best (for Hibbard, 55), Tom Court (for Grant, 55), Matt Stevens (for Cole, 55), Tom Croft (for Lydiate, 64), Justin Tipuric (for O'Brien, 55), Ben Youngs (for Murray, 62), Owen Farrell , Billy Twelvetrees (blood, for Barritt, 32-40, for Kearney, 62), Stuart Hogg (for Farrell, 52).

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