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Best Images From The Lions' Win Vs Combined Country XV

Best Images From The Lions' Win Vs Combined Country XV
By Declan Johnston Updated
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[tps_header]The Lions ran in ten tries today in their 64-0 victory over a Combined Country XV in Hunter Stadium Newcastle. Little was learned from the crushing defeat of a smorgasboard team of professionals, part-timers and amateurs, but for a change the Lions suffered no new casualties. Here are some of the best images from the game. Photos: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE [/tps_header]

Brian O'Driscoll leads the side out in his second game as captain on the tour.

It didn't take the Lions long to get off the mark, with Alex Cuthbert scoring in the corner after just seven minutes.

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There was no let up either as Conor Murray ran in a second try two minutes later after a nice offload by Alex Cuthbert.

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Stuart Hogg then sold a simple dummy to score the Lions' third try with eleven minutes on the clock, but failed to convert.

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Lions fan Russell Regan of Foxrock enjoys the match.

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In the nineteenth minute George North and Sean Maitland combined to run the ball out of their own 22 and a slick move finished with the Welsh winger going over to make it 26-0.

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Richard Hibbard continued to make a strong case for his inclusion in the test side as he went over for the Lions' fifth try of the evening, putting them 33-0 to the good.

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For all of the Lions' slick back play, the O'Driscoll-Roberts centre pairing never really fired the way it did in South Africa four years ago.

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BOD looks a little spooked here, but kept his calm to score the Lions' simplest try of the afternoon, nine minutes in to the second half to put them 43-0 up.

Simon Zebo enjoyed the whitewash and looks set to be involved in some guise in Saturday's game against the Waratahs...

 

...while Tommy Bowe still looks upbeat about his chances of playing some further part in the tour.

Rory Best came on in the second half and struggled at line-out time. Shrinking violet Stephen Jones had something to say about it too.

 

The Lions rounded off the night with a superb try by Jonathan Davies which was set up by Brian O'Driscoll's deft grubber kick through a flood of blue shirts.

The final scoreboard tells of a job professionally done by the Lions. Hopefully the Waratahs will provide more of a challenge on Saturday.

 

 

 

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