Lions win first series in 16 years

The British and Irish Lions beat Australia today to end a 16-year wait for a Test series win. A big 41-16 victory meant the series ended 2-1.

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Excitement ahead of Lions decider

Halfpenny needs 13 points to equal Neil Jenkins' record Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The British and Irish Lions will go for Test series glory against Australia at Sydney's ANZ Stadium later today. It is 16 years since the Lions won a Test series, and the pressure is on for them to deliver.

The Lions have lost skipper Sam Warburton through a hamstring injury, while 2005 leader Brian O'Driscoll was controversially dropped by head coach Warren Gatland. Alun Wyn Jones takes over as captain of a predominately Welsh side.

The Lions can boast many big-game players and many seasoned internationals in their ranks, but none of them will have experienced the type of pressure that awaits at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. It will call for cool heads, calmness when the heat comes on and clear thinking amid an intense environment.


Lions prepare for Test series decider in Australia

Second Test match between the British and Irish Lions and the Wallabies. Credit: Mark Dadswell/AAP/Press Association

The British and Irish Lions meet Australia today in the deciding Test knowing victory will end their 16-year wait for a series win.

The Test series is currently tied at one apiece after the hosts replied with a 16-15 second Test victory following the Lions' 23-21 win in the opener.

Lions captain gives 'credit to Australia'

George North is tackled during the match against Australia Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Lions captain Sam Warburton has praised Australia for a "thrilling" test match in Brisbane.

"That was entertaining, that's for sure," he said in a pitch side interview with Sky Sports. "The last 20 minutes were so hard and we really had to dig in. Credit to Australia."

George North who scored a try in the first half has praised the travelling fans for "their fantastic support".

Lions beat Australia in opening test in Brisbane

British and Irish Lions' Alex Cuthbert scores his team's second try Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The British and Irish Lions have been beaten Australia in their opening test match.

Alex Cuthbert's second half try and conversions from Leigh Halfpenny put the Lions ahead.

Australia were decimated by injuries with several players stretchered off the field throughout the match.

The game came down to a nail biting finish with Australia given a penalty in the final minute which would have secured victory for them.

But kicker Kurtley Beale slipped and failed to convert the penalty.

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Australia 12 British and Irish Lions 13 at half time

George North scores a try for the Lions Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The British Lions are ahead at half time in their opening test against Australia.

The Wallabies suffered a shock in the first minute of the game when Christian Leali'ifano had to be taken off injured on his debut performance. It was a better start for Israel Folau who scored two tries for Australia.

Welshman George North shows little sign of the injuries that have plagued him over the past week, scoring one try and very nearly getting a second. Leigh Halfpenny has kicked the Lion's remaining points.

Christian Leali'ifano is stretched off the field Credit: Dave Hunt/AAP/Press Association Images
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