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    Time:80'
    • Combined NSW-Queensland Country
    • British and Irish Lions
    • 80' FULL-TIME! The British and Irish Lions continue their tour of Australia with a 64-0 drubbing of the Combined New South Wales and Queensland Country side in Newcastle.
    • 79' LIONS 64-0! Halfpenny send the conversion rocketing through the posts.
    • 78' TRY LIONS! O’Driscoll goes for the chip and Davies collects in the corner to score the 10th try.
    • 76' Less than five minutes left. Too many errors from the Lions in the second-half.
    • 75' You have to give some credit to the hosts for the way they have dug in during the second period.
    • 74' O’Driscoll scored against the Force in the corner last week but he can’t quite defy gravity, the toe clips the line before he touches down. Line out.
    • 73' You can't get selected for Tests on the back of a game like this, you can only rule yourself out. The line-out looks an area of concern for the Lions.
    • 72' O’Driscoll charges after his own kick and comes up limping after getting tangled by a kicker but the captain looks ok. Great work rate as always.
    • 71' Some half-decent backline play from the hosts but Gibbon is snuffed out and O’Driscoll hacks clear.
    • 70' Halfpenny comes across and makes a complete hash of the claim, Country kick into the in-goal area but Maitland comes over to cover. Country put in 5m out.
    • 69' Mike Phillips on for Conor Murray, the eighth and final change for the Lions.
    • 68' The home fans get very excited after an interception by replacement Dale Ah-Wang but it is a clear knock-on and after consultation with the TMO, the try is ruled out.
    • 67' LIONS 57-0! Halfpenny send the conversion through the posts.
    • 66' TRY LIONS! Sean O’Brien scores his first try of the tour. Lions spin the ball out from the scrum. A heroic tackle by Alex Gibbon to deny O’Driscoll but O'Brien powers over.
    • 65' Good handling from the Lions backs again with Hogg to the fore but sturdy defence and Murray is held up.
    • 64' Having the Lions play Fiji to mark the Fijian Rugby Union's centenary would've been a better test than today's victims.
    • 63' And the handling errors are beginning to rack off as the intensity drops. This time Stevens is the culprit.
    • 62' Another mistake from Wyn Jones, this time a handling error as the Lions bear down on the hosts 22.
    • 61' Full-back Sean Maitland gained 125 metres in attack in the first-half, more than anyone else on the field.
    • 60' A poor kick and the red wave continues. Lions handed another chance to work on their lineout drive but Wyn Jones is penalised.
    • 59' Evans with the pluck at the line-out, a burst from Best, the Lions drive but a turnover 2m out.
    • 58' Jonathan Davies has replaced Roberts now.
    • 57' The Lions handicap was -76.5 pre-game with most bookies so right on that schedule.
    • 56' LIONS 50-0! Halfpenny keeps the scoreboard ticking over with the conversion of his own try.
    • 55' TRY LIONS! Halfpenny shows he his more than just a kicker with a world class finish. His first try for the Lions as he picks a line, bursts past two, cuts inside and goes over.
    • 54' Toby Faletau also on for Jamie Heaslip.
    • 53' Off go Corbisiero, Hibbard and Cole. On also comes Rory Best.
    • 52' An entire new front row for the Lions. Matt Stevens' fourth appearance of the tour and a Lions debut for Ryan Grant.
    • 51' LIONS 43-0! Halfpenny takes over kicking duties but misses to the right.
    • 50' Easy score for O'Driscoll after the Lions had worked a huge overlap.
    • 49' TRY LIONS! Try number seven and finally the Lions score their first points of the second-half. Camped out for a long period near the line before they work it to the right where Brian O'Driscoll touches down.
    • 48' A better kick from the hosts but the Lions win the line-out, the 10th time they have done so in 16 attempts. They lost two of their own put-in in the first-half.
    • 47' A crowd of 20,071 at the Hunter Stadium tonight.
    • 46' And there’s another handling error from O’Brien. The seventh by the Lions.
    • 45' Slightly fractious opening to the second period, a couple of handling errors from the Lions curtail promising moves.
    • 44' Hogg seems to been playing flatter to allow the centres to smash the gainline.
    • 43' Tipuric, Evans, O'Driscoll, Cuthbert and North all impressed in the first-half.
    • 42' North has come off as a precaution after some tightness. Richie Gray has gone off for tactical reasons.
    • 41' Here we go for the second-half with Alun-Wyn Jones on and Leigh Halfpenny has replaced North on the left wing.
    • - Stuart Barnes: "I think Gatland will be pleased with what he has seen so far, and not a hint of injury which is good"
    • 40' HALF-TIME! The Lions lead 38-0 in a one-sided encounter.
    • 39' Not a good line-out, the Lions seem to forget to jump.
    • 38' The Country front row under enormous pressure once more and a kick into touch, 5m out.
    • 37' Country doing their best to withstand the onslaught. Ian Evans comes across to nab the ball at the lineout but it does not fall for the Lions.
    • 36' Incisive run by Murray takes the Lions towards the 22. Great hands from Cuthbert before Sean O’Brien bursts through two before being knocked into touch, a metre short.
    • 35' Lions' scoring record is 116 v Western Australia in 2001.
    • 34' The try was a set move from the Lions, a little decoy by Roberts enough to freeze the home defence long enough to create the space.
    • 33' 38-0 LIONS! Hogg well wide with that conversion attempt.
    • 32' TRY LIONS! Despite the opposition, you have to be impressed with the handling there. The Lions totally dominant in the scrum and it goes through four pairs of hands in lightning speed before North goes over in the left corner.
    • 30' This could end up being a bigger score than the 109-6 win over Manawatu back in 2005.
    • 29' Roberts has been a bit peripheral in truth. A big game player, this is not really that sort of occasion.
    • 28' The Lions' centre partnership boast a total of 186 Test caps and 52 international tries.
    • 27' Brian O'Driscoll is reunited with Jamie Roberts in midfield for the first time since the 2009 Lions tour to South Africa. The Combined Country midfield features a student - Tareta-Junior Siakisini - and a computer programmer - Lewis Catt who have never earned a professional salary in the game. Catt makes a hit on the Irishman to great cheers.
    • 26' 33-0 LIONS! Hogg finds the target with the conversion again, he's four from five.
    • 25' TRY LIONS! And there it is. A solid lineout and Hibbard crashes over for an easy score.
    • 24' A Lions turnover ends up with lineout on Country 5m. Big Richie Gray rises like a salmon to claim and the men in red are sniffing a fifth try.
    • 23' Turnovers are killing the hosts, just as they looked to move into the Lions half.
    • 22' Eight Super Rugby players in the starting XV but they are very much fringe players at that level.
    • 21' Shame the Country boys couldn't crash over there. Best chance of the match.
    • 20' 26-0 LIONS! Hogg finds the target with the conversion.
    • 19' TRY LIONS! Out of nowhere, the Lions score a fourth try. The turnover by Justin Tipuric and a length of the field try for George North after a neat exchange with Maitland.
    • 18' A bad kick by Maitland led to this by also a big cross against Richard Hibbard for the overthrow against poor opposition.
    • 17' Lions penalised for offside twice - Country kick to the corner for the lineout.
    • 16' It is loose from the resulting line-out and the hosts are camped out very close to the Lions line.
    • 15' Almost a moment for the home fans to cheer as Maitland sees his kick charged down by Richard Stanford in his own 22.
    • 14' Disappointingly one-sided wins against the Barbarians and Western Force....and this game is following the same pattern.
    • 13' 19-0 LIONS! Hogg hits the upright with the conversion attempt.
    • 12' TRY LIONS! And another. An absolute gift for Stuart Hogg who exploits a huge gap in the hosts' defence for an easy score. Opposition questionable but lovely hands again.
    • 11' 14-0 LIONS! An easy conversion from Hogg under the posts.
    • 10' TRY LIONS! Lovely slip pass from Brian O'Driscoll starts the move, great quick offloads before Cuthbert jinks his way through and dumps off to Murray who makes it two tries in two minutes as he finishes off a great move under the posts.
    • 9' 7-0 LIONS! Super conversion from Hogg from the touchline.
    • 8' TRY LIONS! Alex Cuthbert touches down in the corner after Justin Tipuric blasts his way through a weak defence, then a nice pass from Hogg and the Welsh winger is over on the right. It all started from a overthrow by the hosts at a line-out.
    • 7' Stuart Hogg has shifted to fly-half and a good boot to pin the hosts deep in their own half.
    • 6' The Lions have not played a Combined Country XV since their 1966 tour of Australia, New Zealand and Canada when they claimed a 6-3 victory.
    • 5' Very solid scrum from the Lions, Jamie Heaslip dominating at the base but Melbourne Rebels No.8 Tim Davidson gets around on the cover to knock Sean O'Brien into touch.
    • 4' Today’s referee Steve Walsh likes a fast game. He was in charge of the opener against the Barbarians. Currently he’s encouraging the home front row to stay on their feet.
    • 3' A very damp pitch and some passes could slide between hands tonight. Early fumble by Ireland's Conor Murray and that’s a home put-in at the scrum, still in their own half.
    • 2' The Lions get it out wide early but a little grubber from Sean Maitland goes into touch inside the home 22.
    • 1' The hosts, in blue and yellow, get the game underway.
    • 10:40 A bumper crowd of around 30,000 at the Hunter Stadium and we are almost ready.
    • 10:35 Gatland probably learned more about his players in the first 20 minutes on Saturday when his side were under the cosh from the Queensland Reds than he had in the previous 160 minutes of action on the tour. Still mulling his best selection as the tour moves inexorably towards the three-Test series, the New Zealander will try out a few new combinations against an opposition that will be just as willing as the Reds but considerably less able.
    • 10:30 The tourists face a mix of New South Wales and Queensland players from Super Rugby, big city clubs and more modest outfits. Flanker Beau Robinson has been ruled out after picking up a head injury during the Queensland Reds' match against the tourists. Robinson, who won his only Wallabies Test cap in a defeat to Samoa in 2011, suffered the setback in a clash of heads during the Reds' 22-12 loss to the Lions in Brisbane on Saturday.
    • 10:25 England prop Alex Corbisiero, who only arrived in Brisbane on Saturday from England's tour of Argentina, will start in a team captained by Ireland centre Brian O'Driscoll. Corbisiero's fellow tour replacement Ryan Grant has been named on the bench while Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg is handed fly-half duties. The line-up also includes Wales centre Jamie Roberts, England prop Dan Cole, Scotland lock Richie Gray and Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip.
    • 10:20 Combined NSW-Queensland Country: Nathan Trist, Alex Gibbon, Lewie Catt, Tareta-Junior Siakisini, Tom Cox, Angus Roberts, Michael Snowden; Haydn Hirsimaki, Josh Mann-Rae, Tim Metcher, Phoenix Battye, Blake Enever, Richard Stanford, Jarrad Butler, Tim Davidson (captain).
    • 10:15 Lions: S Maitland (Scotland); A Cuthbert (Wales), B O'Driscoll (Ireland, captain), J Roberts (Wales), G North (Wales); S Hogg (Scotland), C Murray (Ireland); A Corbisiero (England), R Hibbard (Wales), D Cole (England), R Gray (Scotland), I Evans (Wales), S O'Brien (Ireland), J Tipuric (Wales), J Heaslip (Ireland). Replacements: R Best (Ireland), R Grant (Scotland), M Stevens (England), A-W Jones (Wales), T Faletau (Wales), M Phillips (Wales), J Davies (Wales), L Halfpenny (Wales).
    • 10:10 In a throwback to tours of yesteryear, the Lions face their weakest opponents in the Combined New South Wales and Queensland Country side in Newcastle. There is still plenty to play for, though, with coach Warren Gatland planning to start a majority of his Test team in the next match down the coast in Sydney on Saturday.
  • Summary

    Combined NSW-Queensland Country versus British and Irish Lions
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