Lions beat Australia in opening test in Brisbane

British and Irish Lions' Alex Cuthbert scores his team's second try
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.

Australia 21 v British and Irish Lions 23.

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