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  1. Lions Tour - Lions thump Australia in famous series win

    Lions Tour - Lions thump Australia in famous series win

    The British and Irish Lions won their first series since 1997 after a superb 41-16 victory over Australia in the deciding Test. More

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    Time:80'
    • Australia
    • British and Irish Lions
    • - Thanks for joining us today - the match report is on the link below, so feel free to leave your comments on that masterful Lions display.
    • 80' That is it! The Lions win the series, their first since 97, and a massive performance to seal it. What a victory.
    • 80' The Lions have a penalty but they will play on in search of the try... Lovely kick Halfpenny and Bowe could be in but Mogg tackles, it's dropped and the hooter goes. Still in play though...
    • 79' Farrell kicks to the corner as the Lions look to finish with a flourish. Everyone is up for the line-out as they hunt the score.
    • 78' Delirious scenes on the Lions bench as Gatland and co. come down to embrace the lads. Roberts, who has come off, is practically in tears.
    • 77' Penalty for Australia, who are going through the motions now.
    • 76' Swing Low rings out - surely a bit of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau should follow?
    • 75' The Lions technical staff know they have won it and are celebrating early, no doubt getting ready to join their boys downstairs.
    • 74' Penalty to Australia as the Lions get a bit sloppy deep in the opposition half.
    • 73' Farrell's kick is good, great length for the young Englishman.
    • 72' The Lions are not letting up - they continue to harass the Aussies at the scrum as Murray earns a penalty.
    • 70' Tuilagi comes on for the Lions. Ow.
    • 69' Easy conversion for Halfpenny and it's 41-16. After that mid-match scare it is a dominant win.
    • 68' Murray picks out Roberts AND ROBERTS BURSTS INTO TOP GEAR TO SURGE IN FOR THE TRY! 39-16, between the sticks so that should be 41. What a pass from Murray and a super run from Dr Roberts.
    • 67' Slipper comes on for Smith for the Australians. The brave Smith's Australia career probably ends in defeat, assuming that's it for him.
    • 66' Halfpenny misses his first kick today, from wide, but he can have that for that superb kick to set the try off. Great try and monster pace from North as he left Genia for dead.
    • 66' Davies with a kick that allows him to hunt down Genia, who kicks straight to Halfpenny. Super touch to Davies WHO RELEASES NORTH AND HE'S IN! NORTH RUNS IT THROUGH AND THAT SHOULD BE THAT! 34-16!
    • 65' Sexton shakes his head as he is replaced by Farrell. He thought he had this game under control again.
    • 64' The Lions ride that wave of extreme Aussie pressure as a penalty goes their way this time. And straight downfield it goes.
    • 63' What a turnover from Youngs! On the line and weirdly Roberts tries to play it but eventually it's thrashed clear to touch. Should have gone downfield quickly and Halfpenny lets rip.
    • 62' Australia are camped on the line now, Genia and Smith involved, now Beale, back to O'Connor as they try to run it and some holding on means the ref brings it back to an earlier penalty which Australia take quickly - Smith almost squeezes in but held up!
    • 61' Faletau has been patched up and O'Brien makes way for the Welshman. A dreadful knock-on at the line-out from the Lions though so Australia have it back! Here they come with Genia, now Horwill... Genia again to Beale, this is a great spell of pressure now!
    • 60' Lovely deep kick from Mogg to evade the ubiquitous Halfpenny and bring a line-out opportunity.
    • 59' Halfpenny converts again and it is 29-16. Lions back in charge!
    • 58' TRY CONFIRMED! The pass was backwards and it's 27-16!
    • 58' TRY THE LIONS! What a move by Halfpenny down the left, before releasing Sexton who has the time to move between the posts! But wait - was there a forward pass? Agonising wait now...
    • 57' Faletau has to come off as he is bleeding from above the eye. Tipuric comes on and O'Brien stays in the end.
    • 56' Australia's Moore is bleeding; Lions' O'Brien is struggling too. Faletau bleeding too. Warzone.
    • 55' All kinds of battles emerging now as Faletau makes a fantastic turnover! Now Sexton with a wicked little chip to send North on the run, he almost releases Davies but Tomane manages to hold him up. Better from the Lions!
    • 54' Great interception by Halfpenny to dive on to the loose ball as Beale released Mogg down the left. That quick turn of pace from Australia almost pays off again!
    • 53' Murray replaces Phillips, who seemed to be fading a touch.
    • 52' Halfpenny converts the penalty as cool as you like, 22-16 to the Lions now.
    • 51' Jones comes off as Halfpenny prepares to kick this...
    • 50' Faletau and Jones with a ferocious drive to win a penalty for the Lions. Crucial one this, to restore some daylight on the Aussies.
    • 49' Phillips takes ages to release the ball but there's a knock-on at the interception and the Lions get it back.
    • 48' Better from the Lions as they start to run it again. Bowe with the run but a super tackle Horwill.
    • 47' Hibbard with the line-out but Parling drops it, Australia get the scrum. Youngs has come on.
    • 46' Good kick Sexton and Genia lets it bounce before clearing. They need a score quickly to regain some of that momentum.
    • 45' Yup, the penalty is kicked with ease and it's 16-19!
    • 44' Australia get another penalty which Leali'ifano will surely make. The Lions are self-destructing...
    • 43' Halfpenny with a crucial tackle as Australia apply more pressure. Smith kicks, line-out for Australia and they will drive for the try!
    • 42' Leali'ifano makes the kick and, in a few minutes either side of the break, the Lions lead has been cut from 19-3 to 19-13.
    • 41' A near-perfect start to the half for Australia as they get a penalty that Leali'ifano sees as eminently kickable...
    • 41' The second half is underway. This deciding Test is fantastically poised at 10-19 after Australia's late try in the first.
    • 40+3 A successful conversion means it is 10-19 at half-time. Australia back into it, barely deserved but that was a good spell of pressure at the end. Kepu making a difference from the bench.
    • 40+2 This time the scrum stays up... O'Connor gets hold of it, a step and a shimmy and he dives over the line! Try Australia!
    • 40+1 The hooter goes but the ref wants the scrum reset. The next attempt doesn't work out, looks like Corbisiero is being worked by the happy-to-collapse Aussies...
    • 40' O'Connor almost wriggles through, now Genia, an almighty scramble and Australia get the scrum in front of the posts! Crucial moment at the end of this half... The Lions have bossed the scrum, can they do so with the Aussie put-in?
    • 39' It's kicked to touch as Australia look for the line-out and try... Great drive follows and Australia are held up just shy of the line!
    • 38' Australia lay camp at the Lions 22. Genia squeezes out the blind side, now Moore tries to race through, it's out of play but the ref calls it back for a penalty on the 22 by touch.
    • 37' O'Connor with a good kick into space on the right but North catches brilliantly. Australia come again mind, looking for a pre-break score...
    • 36' Smith returns to the fray as Alexander's match appears to be over following his sin-bin.
    • 35' Lovely take from Bowe after Sexton sliced his kick somewhat. Bowe has been exceptional so far, that one knock-on aside.
    • 34' Beale draws in two Lions defenders before offloading and Mogg almost sears through but Parling with an immense tackle to end that!
    • 33' Tomane almost sneaks in with a cute kick into space after good breakdown play from Kepu, but Phillips is back to snuff that out.
    • 32' Hibbard gets a bit of treatment as Australia look to regroup.
    • 31' Finally that spell of dominance comes to a close as it's squeezed out to Sexton, whose kick is an outswinger that lands just wide of the left-hand post.
    • 30' 22nd phase as Lions continue to ask all the questions.
    • 29' Notice am getting a lot of gried for my "Wales" error. Give over - 10 of the 15 are Welsh, easy slip of the hand. Meanwhile the Lions are applying the pressure just shy of the 22. 15 passes now...
    • 28' Lions with the put-in just inside the Autralia half. Lions have an extra man and they drive strongly...
    • 27' Looks like an injury to a Wallaby... Folau tweaks his hamstring while making a catch. Smith also comes off, Mogg makes his debut, Kepu also on.
    • 26' The Lions move 19-3 now as Halfpenny maintains his 100% record today - 14 points from 14.
    • 25' Yellow card for the Aussies as Ben Alexander is penalised! He trudges off and it's another Halfpenny penalty...
    • 25' Just noticed in minute 13 I accidentally wrote "Wales win another penalty". I will not edit that - make of it what you will.
    • 24' Jones almost drops it and then Bowe does, ending that impressive spell of Lions dominance.
    • 23' Great kick from Sexton but Australia go for the quick one - it almost pays off but Cooper is tackled, Wyn-Jones gets it back and the Lions can come again...
    • 21' The Lions are dominating the set plays, and another line-out sees them spread the play beautifully as Lydiate gets in on the act.
    • 19' Lions scrum, which sees the ball circulated well as Gatland's men switch it from left to right and get themselves a lineout.
    • 18' Great defence from North as he takes out Folau with consummate ease.
    • 17' Is there any way back for the Aussies? Tweet me on @Reda_Eurosport if you think they can do it!
    • 16' Halfpenny to extend the lead to 13 points... and he makes it! 16-3.
    • 15' High kick in the air and Roberts gets there before winning the scrum once more. Great drive and the Aussies turn it, clear penalty! Great work from Corbisiero, Australia in all kinds of trouble... A chance to go 16-3...
    • 14' The ref has a word with Australia captain Horwill over his charges' constant infringments in the breakdown. Horwill is lucky to even be involved, as I probably don't need to remind you.
    • 13' Faletau, the Tonga-born back row who moved to Wales aged 7, shows his immense power and speed again as Wales win another penalty.
    • 12' ... And Halfpenny continues to bury that nightmare miss last week as he converts with ease for 13-3.
    • 11' It gets better for the Lions though as a penalty is awarded fllowing more illegal Aussie scrummaging. A more simple kick for Halfpenny...
    • 10' NUTTER ALERT - After that wince-inducing collision with Hibbard, George Smith is back on the pitch. He was out cold for a second!
    • 9' Australia have a penalty now which Beale should convert - and he does, pulling it back to 3-10.
    • 8' Halpenny just about gets it over and the Lions are 10-0 up! What a start for Gatland's men.
    • 7' Penalty to the Lions now and while about 40 yards out it's pretty central so Halfpenny will kick for goal...
    • 6' They both seem ok after that nasty prang, Smith coming off worse but just a bit groggy. Get that on youtube later. Smith, after four years out of Oz action, is helped off. Looks like this could be the end for him today. Hopefully not a concussion. Hooper on.
    • 5' Beale now takes it to the Lions and Smith flies in and BOOM! Massive collision with Hibbard! Ow!
    • 4' Wallabies line-out in a dangerous position. Well circulated and now Smith ducks and dives into the red masses. Roberts with an intervention but Genia sees space! Fine tackle O'Brien!
    • 3' Beale with a super run as Australia look to bounce back! Now Tomane on it, surely Bowe has gone in high but advantage played. Eventually Australia get a penalty which will be kicked to the corner.
    • 3' Easy kick for Halfpenny between the sticks and it's 7-0.
    • 2' TRY LIONS! Great start for the Lions as Corbisiero manages to sneak over the line after that clever penalty! What a start! Genia with the error initially and Phillips with a quick free-kick.
    • 1' Illegal engagement by the Aussies at the scrum and the Lions take it quickly, Bowe almost sneaks in but held up on the line!
    • 1' The first half of the deciding Test is underway!
    • 11:00 The lads run out as both sides come out to huddle for the anthems. Lions out first, with greater speed out of the dressing rooms than the Wallabies.
    • 10:55 George Smith is recalled by Australia - the experienced flanker had four years away from the Wallabies and has just returned from a knee injury. Risky move perhaps, but he is strong in the breakdown and Australia will be looking to disjoint the Welsh style of this Lions outfit.
    • 10:55 Australia replacements: Saia Fainga'a (Reds), James Slipper (Reds), Sekope Kepu (NSW), Rob Simmons (Reds), Ben McCalman (Western Force), Michael Hooper (NSW), Nick Phipps (Rebels), Jesse Mogg (Brumbies).
    • 10:55 Australia team: Australia: Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels), Israel Folau (NSW), Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW), Christian Leali'ifano (ACT Brumbies), Joe Tomane (Brumbies), 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), George Smith (Brumbies), Wycliff Palu (NSW)
    • 10:50 As you'd expect given Gatland is in charge (and given how good they are) a heavily Welsh-tinged XV. Part of you would like to see Owen Farrell given a shot, but he has youth (and plenty of other things) on his side. Manu Tuilagi, meanwhile, is the impact sub. Explosive.
    • 10:50 Lions replacements: Tom Youngs (England), Mako Vunipola (England), Dan Cole (England), Richie Gray (Scotland), Justin Tipuric (Wales), Conor Murray (Ireland), Owen Farrell (England), Manu Tuilagi (England)
    • 10:50 Lions team: Leigh Halfpenny (Wales); Tommy Bowe (Ireland), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Jamie Roberts (Wales), George North (Wales); Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Mike Phillips (Wales); Alex Corbisiero (England), Richard Hibbard (Wales), Adam Jones (Wales), Alun Wyn Jones (captain, Wales), Geoff Parling (England), Dan Lydiate (Wales), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Toby Faletau (Wales)
    • 10:45 Which brings us neatly to the teams - O'Driscoll has been replaced by the excellent Dr. Jamie Roberts (for he recently qualified as a medic), who arguably has more to offer in what will be a crunching physical battle with the Wallabies. To an alien with no investment in reputation, it would seem a fairly reasonable decision.
    • 10:40 Ireland, from where O'Driscoll hails, was left in a state of shock by his omission. Again, click on the link for some reaction.
    • 10:35 In case you've been living in a cave for the past week or so, you will know that Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll was surprisingly, controversially and many would say inexplicably dropped for the series decider. At 34, it probably means his Lions career has been ended by Warren Gatland's calculated risk. Click on the link for Gatland's rationale behind the decision.
    • 10:30 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the final match of the British and Irish Lions tour Down Under - the third and ultimately deciding Test in what has been a very close-run series with Australia. The action starts at 11:05am UK time.
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