Wallabies vs British and Irish Lions: 3rd Test rugby live scores, blog

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    James O'Conner of the Wallabies goes in for their first try just on half time. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)


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    Australia Vs. British And Irish Lions

    2013 British and Irish Lions Tour of Australia, 7 July, 2013

    ANZ Stadium, Homebush, Sydney, NSW
    British and Irish Lions 41 defeated Australia 16
    Australia British and Irish Lions
    16 FINAL SCORE 41
    1 TRIES 4
    3/3 PENALTY GOALS 5/5
    0/1 DROP GOAL 0/1
    Top scorers:
    • Australia - Leali’ifano
    • C 11pts (1C 3G)
    Important moments:
    • Lions took the lead at the 2 min. mark 1st half
    • Halfpenny, SL (BRIT) conversion at the 70 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: R Poite
    Touch judges: C Pollock & C Joubert

    The Wallabies and British and Irish Lions clash tonight in the third Test at ANZ Stadium in the deciding game of the 2013 series. Join us for live scores and commentary from 8.00pm AEST.

    It’s been 12 years since we last saw a deciding match in a Lions series.

    That final test match, played at Stadium Australia in Sydney, saw Rod McQueen’s Wallabies side defeat a Lions tam that had gone 1-0 up.

    That Wallabies side is viewed by many to be the best ever, and had a full trophy case to justify that label.

    Just over a decade later and the Wallabies side finds themselves back in Sydney in an uncannily similar position.

    Granted, this side is yet to achieve a huge amount on the international stage, having been doing the old one step forward, two steps back routine ever since Robbie Deans took over the coaching role in 2008.

    But what they have lacked in continuity and line breaks they have made up for in sheer determination and grit.

    The great thing about this side is that they are young with an average squad age of just 26 years and with this youth comes great enthusiasm and the urge to impress at every opportunity.

    Only one Australian player remains from the winning side in 2001, backrower George Smith, who has been recalled to face the Lions.

    It is the opinion of many that his winning mindset and career experience could just be the straw that breaks the Lions’ back, and this is what Robbie Deans will be hoping for.

    One player from the 2001 Lions tour also remains for the men in red, but he has been dropped to the confusion and anger of fans everywhere – Brian O’Driscoll will play no further part in the tour.

    Sam Warburton, who has lead from the front for the tourists is also out, a troublesome hamstring meaning that mammoth second-rower Alun Wyn Jones will captain the Lions.

    Wallabies fans have had their hopes boosted by the news that captain James Horwill has been cleared for a second time of any wrongdoing in the first Test.

    The talismanic Queenslander will be as hungry as ever to lead his side to victory in the final Test and the series win.

    These young Wallabies have a chance to silence a lot of people with a win here, as does coach Robbie Deans, whose job security would be greatly increased with a victory come Saturday.

    Interestingly, the Wallabies have won just one of their last six Tests at ANZ Stadium, but hold a good record overall having lost just nine times in 31 Tests.

    This is it, winner takes all. Will it be the confident Wallabies or the desperate Lions? Find out from 8.00pm AEST.

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    • 4:54am
      Nathan Mangu said | 4:54am | ! Report

      What has happened to the great wallinies being cocky and cheeky was your strongest weapon ask George greggon Robbie deans what have you done to them. Number one All Black Fan

    • 1:08am
      Shungmao said | 1:08am | ! Report

      Only time he ran straight, don’t defend a poor performer. Catch pass , did even look ahead. Worst 10 ever bit one of the best 11’s ever.

      • 1:57am
        Mike said | 1:57am | ! Report

        You appear to be describing a pass by JOC to Folau in the second test. A fair call, although he’s hardly the first 10 to do that. But it dodesn’t appear that you watched the game tonight.

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      Cattledog said | 12:39am | ! Report

      Interesting to hear the Fox commentators tend to think that was Deans’ last test. Could we be so lucky?

    • 12:36am
      Mike said | 12:36am | ! Report

      Some of the dismissive comments below about O’Connor are bizarre. Tonight he was one of the better Wallabies on the field – not that any of the Wallabies will have fond memories of this one.

      Outstanding effort from the Lions – they looked a different team to the one that played the first two tests.

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        Cattledog said | 12:42am | ! Report

        O’Connor’s a great player. He’s not a 10. Deans has done him a diservice. That try was certainly good, but perhaps there may have been more if he was used out wider with a 10 capable of distributing near the advantage line, rather than 15 metres behind it.

        • 9:36am
          Mike said | 9:36am | ! Report

          I wasn’t referring to his try. I was referring to his play as a fly-half last night, which was actually quite good in a situation where no 10 does well. His positioning was good, he distributed near the advantage line when it was warranted, he passed long or short as the situation required, and the best point about his try is that he was up on the advantage line where he could make the decision about whether to pass or go himself, and he correctly assessed that the defence was expecting the pass and leaving the opening for him. In other words, what a fly half should do.

      • 9:26am
        Kuruki said | 9:26am | ! Report

        He might have played his part as an individual but his job is to drive the entire team, he never does that.

        • 9:37am
          Mike said | 9:37am | ! Report

          Suit yourself. I prefer to assess each game on its merits rather than deciding a priori about a player that “he never does that”.

    • 11:17pm
      Pabs said | 11:17pm | ! Report

      Far too many welsh in the team.

      • 11:22pm
        Dean Vincent said | 11:22pm | ! Report

        Yeah they’ve lost 8 on the trot to Australia…..mentally fragile……blah blah blah!

    • 11:03pm
      stillmatic1 said | 11:03pm | ! Report

      the greg martin curse continues. every time he trumpets that the wallabies can improve whilst the opposition can’t, the wallabies get trounced. kearns and martin straight into the ref, as usual.

      was fully expecting the wallabies to win once they got close, but finally the lions played the style that had them looking good for most of the tour and crushed the comeback. very average in the end from the wallabies. funny foxsports poll had falou as man of the series, despite not really doing much at all when all 3 games are broken down. mogg was great, smith was pointless, oconnor true to form, and mowen his typical 2 metres offside. horwill absent, and genia frustrated, robinson 2 big errors that cost the team, palu pretty solid. lili quiet but not helped by not having anyone at 10. some typically weird decisions from the ref, but went both ways except at scrum time.
      when the lions play positively they look great, but the endless pick and drive is pointless when no ground is being made. halfpenny didnt do much wrong and 2 decisive breaks sealed the match. nothing much to complain about with the lions players overall. gatland could have had the team plying ike this from the get go and it wouldnt have been close, but job done.

      will robbie last to coach the RC? pulver says that the lions series has no bearing, so do we take that as gospel? the inconsistency from the wallabies is astounding, where is the captaincy or coaching? close wins for this team are almost phhyric victories!!

      great way to finish the series for the lions and back to the drawing board for the wallabies, who i still expect to compete for the 4nats. doesnt seem a vintage year at all for quality amongst the 4 teams, but hope the ABs trounce eveyone…………

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        Max Kenney-Herbert said | 11:12pm | ! Report

        Still would rather that commentary team to the tripe served up by Barnes and harrisson on sky tv in the UK, id say they are about as popular as deans in some places over here

        • 11:59pm
          Gormon Kinchley said | 11:59pm | ! Report

          Yeah it’s painful isn’t it? They get names wrong, they’re incredibly biased, and sooooo boring. I had it on mute.

    • 10:41pm
      james said | 10:41pm | ! Report

      has anyone notice the interpretation of rules throughout this series and how the SH refs and NH refs are creating two separate sports…scary times ahead

    • 10:40pm
      Dcnz said | 10:40pm | ! Report

      By the way Genia had a shocker and helped set up three tries for the Lions – who would have thought that ?

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