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Lions V Australia - Third Test Liveblog

Lions V Australia - Third Test Liveblog
By Paul Ring
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Australia 16-41 Lions Full-time

12:56: Full time. The Lions win at a canter. Warren Gatland got all his selections right, pretty much every Lion outplayed his counterpart. It was a win built on the scrum but finally garnished by some dynamic back play. From an Irish point of view; Sean O'Brien, Tommy Bowe, Jonny Sexton and Conor Murray had superb games. Roll on four years and the All Blacks and lets hope somehow Sky lose the rights to the Lions.

12:50: The game is a mere procession now so here's George North as a sandwich:

Stephen McCarthy/SPORTSFILE

12:44: TRY LIONS. Jamie Roberts cuts a brilliant angle and hits a perfect Conor Murray pass and flies over. Game and series to the Lions. After everything said this week, Warren Gatland is fully vindicated. All in all it's been a superb performance from the Lions. Australia 16-41 Lions.

12:41: This man is deservedly being hailed as the player of the series.


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12:39: TRY LIONS. Leigh Halfpenny with a brilliant break and pass puts George North in the corner. That is surely the game and series over. Halfpenny misses the conversion. Australia 16-34 Lions.

12:38: Warren Gatland continues to troll us. Jonny Sexton has been replaced by Owen Farrell. Sexton shakes his head as he's replaced.


12:35: Australia were camped on the Lions 5 meter line but turn it over on the try line. Crucial time for them now, they need something to give them a chance going into the last ten minutes. Sean O'Brien is off for the Lions after a fantastic game.

12:30: It was all BOD really:

12:27: TRY LIONS. A scything break involving Leigh Halfpenny and Jonathan Davies finds Jonny Sexton who touches down. Halfpenny converts. Australia 16-29 Lions.


12:23: A brilliant kick from Jonny Sexton launches George North into Australian territory, his off-load finds Jonathan Davies who is bundled into touch. Sean O'Brien looks to be in trouble and is struggling with an injury.

12:19: The Lions win yet another penalty with yet another scrum. Leigh Halfpenny should extend the small Lions lead from the penalty. He does. Australia 16-22. Conor Murray is on for Mike Phillips and Adam Jones has given us his 50 minutes and is replaced by Dan Cole.

12:16: No real BOD cam from Sky Sports this morning but he has been sighted:



12:11: Lealifiano will have another routine penalty to cut the gap once again. He puts it over and a ten minute spell eith side of half-time has slashed the Lions lead. Australia 16-19 Lions.

12:07: Immediately Australia win a very kickable penalty. Christian Lealifiano knocks it over. Australia 13-19 Lions.

12:05: We are almost ready to go again. Interesting stat from the first half; Sean O'Brien has made over twice as many tackles then any other Lion on 12. Tank.


11:54: TRY AUSTRALIA. James O'Connor gets a pass from Will Genia and O'Connor steps inside three tackles and scores. Wallabies have given themselves hope. The conversion goes over. Australia 10-19 Lions half-time.

11:50: Australia rumble through some phases deep in the Lions 22 and win a scrum on the 5 meter line. Which is not in any way an advantage for them.

11:48: Sean O'Brien pinged for a marginally high tackle, Australia kick for touch and have a lineout on the Lions 22. They need something before half-time.

11:42: A GIF of the horrible collision between Smith and Hibbard can be viewed here.

11:41: After sustained Lions pressure, Jonny Sexton misses a drop goal. The dominance of the Lions here is something to behold. Those big red slabs of meat are battering Australia at every turn.

11:35: George Smith is still out there somehow and this sums it up perfectly:


11:33: Leigh Halfpenny has another shot at goal and Ben Alexander has been sin-binned after another decimation by the Lions of the Australian scrum. Halfpenny knocks it over. This game could be over as a contest soon. Australia 3-19 Lions.

11:31: Important to note at this point that Jonathan Davies has had a very good start to this game. He's tackled hard and has executed a couple of lovely kicks with his left foot.

11:29: Kurtley Beale just recovered the ball in his own 22 and sliced a kick out. The Wallabies look well and truly rattled so expect them to score any minute now.

11:27: George North and Israel Folau have met for the first time today. North dumped him with a tackle and the Lions turned the ball over. Early days but with a scrum this dominant and a lead this stretched already; the Lions are looking very comfortable.

11:22: In the words of Stuart Barnes "This has turned into a scrum slaughter" the Lions win another penalty from the scrum and Leigh Halfpenny calmly puts over the penalty. Australia 3-16 Lions.

11:18: The Lions scrum just decimated its Aussie counterpart to win a penalty. Leigh Halfpenny steps up and drills it between the posts. Australia 3-13 Lions.

11:17: Christian Lealiifano has got the Australians on the board after converting a penalty. George Smith is also somehow back on the pitch.

11:13: Sean O'Brien has made a storming start with one huge carry, a huge hit and now a huge turnover. That sentence was brought to you in the voice of Scott Quinnell. Leigh Halfpenny has landed a huugggee penalty from the turnover. Australia 0-10 Lions.

11:11: Australia storm back and win a penalty deep into the Lions 22, they go for the lineout and after a few phases Will Genia goes on a sniping run before all momentum is stopped with a sickening collision between George Smith and Alex Hibbard. Smith has had to be replaced by Michael Hooper.

11:07: TRY LIONS: Alex Corbisero booms over from a yard after from the kick-off Will Genia spills and the Lions win a scrum. The resultant free-kick from that scrum saw a huge carry from Sean O'Brien and Lions eventually got in. Leigh Halfpenny has kicked the conversion. Australia 0-7 Lions.

11:05: We are all set, Advance Australia has been belted out. Roman Poite has checked his watch, Jonny Sexton has kicked off. We are underway.

11:01: Ba-boom tish:

10:57: Geech says if these Lions win they will have moments that will live with them forever. He believes is how he finishes. Loves his drama does Geech.

10:53: Setting the scene:

10:52: There are a few tricolor flags in Sydney today:

10:49: For those keeping score, I count 6 "Huuugggee" from Scott Quinnell, so if you're taking part in the drinking game below, you won't see the second half.

10:43: Surely this is the first time on Lions history that there has been a protest march about the team selection?

10:40: Australia: Beale, Folau, Ashley-Cooper, Lealiifano, Tomane, O'Connor, Genia, Robinson, Moore, Alexander, Douglas, Horwill, Mowen, Smith, Palu.
Replacements: Faingaa, Slipper, Kepu, Simmons, McCalman, Hooper, Phipps, Mogg.

British & Irish Lions: Halfpenny, Bowe, Davies, Roberts, North, Sexton, Phillips, Corbisiero, Hibbard, A. Jones, A. Jones, Parling, Lydiate, O'Brien, Faletau.
Replacements: T. Youngs, Vunipola, Cole, Gray, Tipuric, Murray, Farrell, Tuilagi.

Referee: Romain Poite

10:30: We have arrived at the decider. Myth and legend awaits for the 23 chosen Lions today as they attempt to become the first test series winning tourists in 16 years. The opportunity to be faded into the next Sky promo as Jim Telfer rattles off that speech again is within their grasp. The conflict that has raged within us since that news on Wednesday might finally be resolved at the sight of Sean O'Brien spitting fire before he gets the chance to smash George Smith but for the moment to ease the pain of bodgate - use this as your guide.

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