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Liveblogged: Lions V Australia 2nd Test.

Liveblogged: Lions V Australia 2nd Test.
By Paul Ring Updated

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Full time: Australia 16-15 Lions

12:57: It's stunning that it came down to another last minute kick. The game as a whole was far from a classic and compared to last week was short on box office moments. But it was incredibly tense in the final stages. It will go to a third test and the inclusion of Jamie Roberts and the possible exclusion of James Horwill might counter balance the momentum shift that Halfpenny penalty might have caused.

12:51: He doesn't have the distance. Australia win.

12:50: PENALTY LIONS. Leigh Halfpenny will have a kick from the halfway line to win the test series for the Lions.

12:46: The Lions lose the lineout and give away a penalty. That looks to be that.

12:45: Amazing mistake rfom Will Genia as he clears from his 22 but the ball was taken back in. The Lions have a lineout deep in the Australia 22. This is going to be tense. Jonny Sexton, this is your moment.


12:44: TRY Australia. Adam Ashley Cooper darts in from close range after a golden siege. Lealiifano from a tight angle sends it straight through the middle. Australia lead with three minutes left.

12:40: A move from the Australian scrum results in a knock on. The Australian back-line has been very poor today. No direction from O'Connor at fly-half and simple ball handling errors have cost them.

12:38: Australia fly into the Lions 22 and kick from Will Genia nearly puts Folau in the corner, great defense from Tommy Bowe. Australia have a scrum inside the Lions 22.


12:34: Via the Telegraph, here is George North carrying Isreal Folau, we of course have the GIF here:

12:30: Sean O'Brien makes his test debut for the Lions replacing Jamie Heaslip. God help the first guy who has to tackle him.


12:29: Leigh Halfpenny remains magnificently metronomic from the tee. He drills one over from the halfway line and the Lions lead is stretched.

12:27: The Lions decimate Australia in the scrum and Leigh Halfpenny has another chance to knock one over. If you have cauliflower ears, this game has been a dream.

12:25: George North just carried Israel Folau on his back and was then drilled into the ground. Incredible from North.


12:22: Conor Murray has been excellent since he's come on but the brief flirtation with excitement is over in this test and the Lions look like they are trying not to lose as opposed to going out and winning it. Adam Jones has been replaced by Dan Cole. Sean O'Brien remains raging on the bench.

12:17: Conor Murray is a test Lion after replacing Ben Youngs. He immediately wins a turnover. Stuart Barnes describes him as a "9th forward".

12:14: And just like that, the game explodes to life with mistakes from both sides, Brian O'Driscoll has a pass intercepted but after flying into the Lions 22, Australia knock on. The Lions clear and Kurtley Beale flings a pass 30 yards and Australia build again. Brian O'Driscoll gives away a penalty and Australia are in the Lions 22. We have a test match.


12:09: Matt Williams is in the stadium for Newstalk and this sums up BOD's game. In fairness, it's not a game for backs, or passing.

12:07: Australia win another penalty at the scrum. I'm not sure even Joubert knows at this stage who is infringing so he's just going 50/50.

12:05: The Lions run through a few phases on the halfway line but Jonny Sexton drops the ball after a trademark wrap around with Brian O'Driscoll.

11:57: Paul Wallace has waited all tour for this as the highlights from the first half center on the scrum. Lets hope for some North or Folau pyrotechnics in the second half.

11:50: At half-time, the Lions will have to happy. They initially dominated proceedings before their problems at at the scrum cost them points. That seems to have been sorted out now and if they can get their effective rolling maul going again and keep parity at scrumtime; the boot of Leigh Halfpenny might be enough.

11:49: Halfpenny nails the kick and the Lions lead at half-time.

11:47: An up and under from Leigh Halfpenny is taken by George North and after a few phases the Lions win a penalty deep in the Australian 22.

11:45: Dan Lyidate runs offside and Lealiifano is 3/3 from the tee and we are back level.

11:44: It's all Vunipola at the moment as he forcefully "blocks" Adam Ashley Cooper leaving the Aussie center sprawled on the deck. One way or another the Lions loosehead is making an name for himself.

11:40: The Lions win a penalty from a scrum again, the scrum lives! Leigh Halfpenny. Scores.

11:38: Halfpenny is 28/31 from the tour now.

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11:37: The Lions have a lineout on the Australian 22, but a wayward throw from Tom Youngs sees the ball turned over.

11:34: But..in the context of this game, Vunipola with a Lazarus like recovery wins a penalty for the Lions from a scrum. Leigh Halfpenny does what Leigh Halfpenny does and the Lions are level.

11:32: Mako Vunipola drops a pass in midfield and he will surely be off soon. Geech reckons the Lions will wait until half-time and hope there are not anymore scrums. A sound logic.

11:31: Lealiifano hits the penalty right down the middle and squarely from the scrum; Australia lead.

11:28: After a great start the Lions have become sloppy and are conceding territory and possession to Australia, Mako Vunipola has been the target from the start, and he concedes another penalty at the scrum and may not last the half. At this rate, it will cost the Lions the game.

11:25: He's not out there, but Paul O'Connell is wearing that suit.

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11:22: Australia win a penalty from the resultant scrum with Mako Vunipola in all sorts of bother. Christian Lealiifano puts it over and we are level.

11:21: Australia win a free kick from a Lions put in at the scrum. Australia go for the scrum again. A whole hemisphere has woken up to the fact the Aussies can scrum from time to time.

11:18: Australia pressure comes to nothing after a knock on. Isreal Folau has had a great start, beating George North in the air and on the ground.

11:16: Adam Ashley Cooper smashes Jonny Sexton as Sexton tries to clear. Australia finally getting a foothold in the game.

11:15: Leigh Halfpenny splits the posts and after a lot of early pressure, the Lions take a deserved lead.

11:13: The Lions maul deep into the Australia 22 and win a penalty. It's been a very strong start from the Lions pack. Sam Warburton passes up the chance to kick at goal and takes the lineout. They maul again and again Australia infringe. Warburton points to the posts this time.

11:09: Leigh Halfpenny hits the crossbar with a long range penalty. When he misses, it's usually by inches.

11:06: A storming start from the Lions sees them advance to the Australia 22 before the Wallabies clear. Brian O'Driscoll puts in a huge hit on Adam Ashley Cooper. It's been a flying start from the Lions.

11:05: After a rousing Advance Australia, we are underway.

10:56: Lots of back slapping, hugging and grimacing in the Lions dressing room. We are moments away.

10:50: Scott Quinnell has become an increasingly embarrassing figure as this tour has gone on. He is pitchside and launches into another diet Telfer speech about the Lions and history. A solitary tear trickles down Geech's face.

10:46: The Sky panel are talking up the strengths of Dan Lyidate who is strictly in the team to hunt Will Genia. Best of luck with that.

10:40: Your teams, with a certain Tullow Tank ready to be unleashed after 50 minutes:

Australia: Beale, Folau, Ashley-Cooper, Lealiifano, Tomane, O'Connor, Genia, Robinson, Moore, Alexander, Douglas, Horwill, Mowen, Hooper, Palu.
Replacements: Faingaa, Slipper, Kepu, Simmons, Gill, Phipps, Horne, Mogg.

British & Irish Lions: Halfpenny, Bowe, O'Driscoll, Davies, North, Sexton, B. Youngs, Vunipola, T. Youngs, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Parling, Lydiate, Warburton, Heaslip.
Replacements: Hibbard, Grant, Cole, Croft, O'Brien, Murray, Farrell, Cuthbert.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

10:36: We will of course get to the teams in a moment but this could be telling:


Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE

So we are here. The second and quite possibly defining test between the British and Irish Lions and Australia. Geech is on Sky Sports and he's expecting World War 3, Barnesy is thinking how he will work the words "Croft" and "Gazelle" into his match report and at Balls HQ we are committed to bringing you all the highlights be it slips, amazing tries, hits or just good old finger pointing.

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