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60mins: Lions 29-16 Australia

Sexton ran in the Lions' second try. Credit: PA

A try from fly-half Jonathan Sexton - and another Leigh Halfpenny conversion - put the Lions clear again heading into the final quarter.

Sexton touched down after receiving the final pass from Halfpenny in a slick Lions move in the left corner.

Australia had closed the gap to just three points early in the second half through two Christian Leali'ifano penalties.

Halfpenny added another penalty of his own.

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Half-time: Lions 19-10 Australia

O'Connor touched down to get Australia right back into the contest. Credit: PA

Australian fly-half James O'Connor finished a jinking run with a try in the very last play of the first half, to narrow the scoreline to 19-10.

The Lions lead at the break thanks to Alex Corbisiero's early try, and 14 points from the boot of Leigh Halfpenny.

Australia could have been ahead, but turned down five opportunities to kick penalties for goal in the first period.

26 mins: Lions 19-3 Australia

Leigh Halfpenny has been in imperious form off the tee throughout the Lions tour. Credit: PA

Halfpenny kicked another nerveless three points, after the Lions earned a further penalty at the scrum.

When the Australian forwards couldn't live with the Lions at scrum time yet again, prop Ben Alexander was sent to the sin bin.

Halfpenny again made no mistake, to extend the Lions' lead to 19-3 after 26 minutes.

There is plenty of local support at Halfpenny's old club, Gorseinon RFC.

13 mins: Lions 13-3 Australia

Alex Corbisiero's try gave the Lions a perfect start in the decisive third Test. Credit: PA

Corbisiero's try came after scrum half Mike Phillips took a free-kick quickly, and fed Tommy Bowe on the right wing. The ball came back in field for the England front row to touch down near the posts.

Cardiff Blues full-back Leigh Halfpenny has since kicked two penalties, to one from Australian centre Christian Leali'ifano.The Lions lead 13-3 after 13 minutes.

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Excitement ahead of Lions decider

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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.

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Gatland: 'Head overruled the heart' on Lions selection

The British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland said the "head overruled the heart" on many of his selection decisions for the final test against Australia in Sydney.

British and Irish Lions Brian O'Driscoll (right) with coach Warren Gatland (left) in June. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll said he was "totally gutted" at being left out of the squad for the decisive match this Saturday.

Gatland said: "Picking this team was not easy and ultimately with several players available after recovering from injury the head overruled the heart in many selection decisions.

"Brian O'Driscoll is a great player and has had a wonderful career but for the final test in Sydney, we just felt Jamie Roberts' presence offered us something more".

Read more: Alun Wyn Jones to captain Lions in deciding Test

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O'Driscoll 'totally gutted' at being dropped for final Test

Former Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll has said he is "totally gutted" at being left out of the squad for the final and decisive Test against Australia:

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Obviously totally gutted at being left out for deciding Test but all efforts go into preparing the boys to see it through. #seaofred

Read more: Alun Wyn Jones to captain Lions in deciding Test

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