Tour Information

Fixtures

Quantas Wallabies
British Lions

21 vs 23

June 22, 2013 11:00 AM - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Quantas Wallabies 21 British Lions 23

Quantas Wallabies

Tries:

FOLAU (2)

Cons:

O'CONNOR (1)

Pens:

O'CONNOR (1), BEALE (2)

British Lions

Tries:

NORTH (1), CUTHBERT (1)

Cons:

Halfpenny (2)

Pens:

Halfpenny (3)

Overview

After a tense 80 minutes in Brisbane, The British & Irish Lions win in  Australia in the last minute of the game after a missed penalty from Beale on a 46 meters kick saw Australia loose a legendary test match by 21 v 23.

An amazing game with 4 tries, injuries, blood and tears have given The Lions a perfect start to the 3 test match tour down under.

North score for Lions

Lions head coach Warren Gatland: "Tough game wasn't it. The first half we scrummaged well, the line-out was good but we're disappointed with our game management.

"We gave them a couple of soft three pointers, but it shows how close this series is going to be. We saw some great tries out there by both sides. Could have gone either way but we'll take that."

The game started with the Lions slow out the block going behind after some magic by Genia, who had an amazing game, saw him create an excellent try for Folau.

O'Conner had a bad day at the office with the boot saw him miss 8 point opportunities, however George North struck back with an amazing solo try confirming him as one of the greatest wings in interntional rugby. Folau & North having a battle throughout the game, and the 2 more test matches should provide for amazing entertainment by the Saints winger.

Australia suffering injuries from the 1st minute, changed the shape of the game, allowing Cuthbert to score in the second half after Sextons game play. Australia did not lie down and fought back throughout, given them a last minute opportunity to win the game. Beale, who replaced O'Conner as goal kicker, slipped on impact with the ball in the dieing seconds allowing Lions to take the first win of the series.

Lions captain Sam Warburton: "That was entertaining, that's for sure. It was way too close for comfort. The last 20 minutes was so hard, we really had to dig in. Credit to Australia, we can expect a lot more from the last two Tests. Only half the job done.

"It's out of your control when the opposition have a kick in the last minute. It's a massive delight, we've got some momentum, we've got the balling rolling and we're looking forward to next week."

Line Ups

Quantas Wallabies
Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs); Israel Folau (NSW), Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW), Christian Leali'ifano (ACT Brumbies), Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds); James O'Connor (Melbourne Rebels), Will Genia (Reds); Benn Robinson (NSW), Stephen Moore (ACT), Ben Alexander (ACT), James Horwill (Reds - capt), Kane Douglas (NSW), Ben Mowen (ACT), Michael Hooper (NSW), Wycliff Palu (NSW).

Replacements

Saia Fainga'a (Reds), James Slipper (Reds), S Kepu (NSW), Rob Simmons (Reds), Liam Gill (Reds) Nick Phipps (Rebels), Pat McCabe (ACT), Kurtley Beale (Rebels).
British Lions
Leigh Halfpenny (Wales); Alex Cuthbert (Wales), Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland), Jonathan Davies (Wales), George North (Wales); Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Mike Phillips (Wales); Alex Corbisiero (England), Tom Youngs (England), Adam Jones (Wales), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Paul O'Connell (Ireland), Tom Croft (England), Sam Warburton (Wales, capt), Jamie Heaslip (Ireland).

Replacements

Richard Hibbard (Wales), Mako Vunipola (England), Dan Cole (England), Geoff Parling (England), Dan Lydiate (Wales), Ben Youngs (England), Owen Farrell (England), Sean Maitland (Scotland).

Before the match...

 

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