LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

British & Irish Lions

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17

Thumb_b_i-lions-logo B&I Lions

69
Kick-off local time : Wed, 05 June 2013 - 18h00
Kick-off : Wed, 05 June 2013 - 12h00
Venue : Perth
Referee : Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Force B&I Lions
Tries Jonathan Sexton (12min), Mako Vunipola (52min), Tommy Bowe (60min), Owen Farrell (67min), and Geoff Parling (78min)
Penalties Leigh Halfpenny (3min) and Leigh Halfpenny (37min)
Conversions Leigh Halfpenny (12min), Leigh Halfpenny (34min), Leigh Halfpenny (40min), Leigh Halfpenny (43min), Leigh Halfpenny (52min), Leigh Halfpenny (60min), Leigh Halfpenny (65min), Leigh Halfpenny (67min), and Leigh Halfpenny (78min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Alun Wyn Jones (72min)
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

The Force throw one last attack at the Lions but a forward pass leads the FULL-TIME whistle. The Lions have shown some pretty ominous signs in this match and ran rampant tonight. Deserved win for the Lions and it bodes well for the rest of their tour as they move to Brisbane to play the Reds on Saturday. Final score in Perth, 69-17.

78

The Lions attack again and go through phase after phase and it ends with a neat inside ball from O'Brein to Parling who scores the try. Halfpenny slots the CONVERSION and it's 69-17

75

The Force have been foiled as they attempt to get another try and the Lions clear but it isn't out and the Force try and attack again but knock it on and the Lions come away with it.

72

Alun-Wyn Jones is given a YELLOW-CARD for repeated infringements. The Force have another penalty close to the Lions line.

71

The Force win a penalty close to the Lions line. Recycling the ball well but they not making metres.

67

The Lions are running riot here and replacement flyhalf Owen Farrell gets over for the TRY with his first touch in the match. Gets an inside ball off Vunipola and shows enough speed to get over. Halfpenny retains his unblemished record and knocks the CONVERSION over and its 62-17.

65

The Force, once again, fall off tackles and Manu Tuilagi after a good decoy from O'Driscoll who remains in the play and takes the ball from Tuilagi to go over for his second TRY. The CONVERSION from Halfpenny is over and it's 55-17 to the Lions.

64

TRY to the Force. A good bit of patience from the Force after a quick tap from Sheehan. Lachlan McCaffrey tucks it under the arm, beats a tackle and goes over under the posts. The CONVERSION is good and the score is 48-17 to the Lions.

60

Tommy Bowe goes over in the corner for the TRY after the Lions use the short-side off the scrum. Another successful CONVERSION from Halfpenny means the Lions lead 48-10.

58

The Lions set up a drive but good defence from the Force means that they are stopped short. The Lions set up a number of good phases and they win a penalty and Ed Stubbs is given a YELLOW-CARD for repeated infringements. The Lions take the scrum five metres out.

57

A late hit from Tuatara-Morrison on Murray and the Lions kick it to five metres out again.

56

Rory Best not having the greatest time at the line-out after a great kick from Sexton gave them a line-out on the Force five-metre line.

52

The Lions put the Force to the sword again and shift the ball right through a number of phases and Mako Vinupola is the final recipient of the ball and crashes over in the corner for the TRY. Halfpenny doesn't look like missing as he knocks the CONVERSION over from the corner again. 41-10 to the Lions.

51

The Force manage to turn it over and Sheehan gets the ball out just outside his 22.

50

Scrum to the Lions 15 metres from the Force line in the middle of the pitch.

47

The Force get the penalty and Matt Hodgeson takes the quick tap and makes metres towards the line. They recycle well and Brown takes a short ball and goes over for the TRY. Sheehan kicks the CONVERSION and the Lions lead 34-10

45

Penalty to the Force as the Lions play the ball on the ground in the ruck. Sheehan getting involved again. The kick for the corner isn't great and the Force have the line-out on the Lions 22.

43

The Force fall off a number of tackles and the Lions rumble forward into the Force 22 and the man who started it, finishes it - Jamie Heaslip. The TRY is scored in the right-hand corner. The CONVERSION from Halfpenny is good, again. 34-3 to the Lions.

41

The Lions get the second-half underway in Perth. Norton-Knight kicks it low and it goes into touch on the Force 10-metre line.

40

The Lions make one last push at the Force line before the break. They spread the ball left and have half the side waiting for the ball and Tom Croft benefits as he goes over for the TRY in the left-hand corner. Halfpenny knocks it over and the Lions lead 27-3 at HALF-TIME.

39

A bit of a kicking duel transpiring now as we head towards the break. Line-out to the Force but they lose it again. Scrum to the Lions five metres from the Force 22.

37

Another offside from the Force. Cian Healy is being taken off on a stretcher. Not good for the Irishman after he rolled his left ankle badly. Halfpenny will kick the PENALTY from right in front and the Lions will lead 20-3.

34

The Lions hit straight back as they use the short side and some slick hands from O'Driscoll to North and then back to O'Driscoll means he runs it in to score the TRY in the right-hand corner. The CONVERSION from outwide from Halfpenny is spot-on. 17-3 to the Lions.

31

Line-outs have been poor from both sides. The Force win a penalty and Dane Haylett-Petty goes quickly but the Force lose the ball at the breakdown. Lions have the ball just outside their 22. The PENALTY goes to the Force as the Lions go off their feet at the ruck. Brett Sheehan is kicking at goal and knocks it over 10-3 to the Lions.

29

The Force battling at the line-out. Hilterbrand's throw is not straight and the Lions have the scrum five metres outside their 22.

27

Force have a scrum just inside their half of the pitch.

25

The Force have another penalty and kick to the corner but the throw goes over the back and the Lions clear and regather and they are on the attack just inside the Force half.

22

A penalty to the Force here as the Lions go offside. Norton-Knight kicks to the corner and the Force set up the line-out five metres out.

21

82% of possession to the Lions so far in the match. The Lions have another penalty as the Force, once again, go offside. The Lions kick to the corner and set the line-out up eight metres out. The throw is long and the Force hack clear and are on the front-foot inside the Lions 22 with the ball.

19

The Lions have go on the short side and Murray knocks it on a few metres out. Scrum to the Force.

18

They go openside and Tuilagi takes it to the line. More resolute defending from the Force but Bowe finds space on the inside from a Sexton pass and he offloads to Tuilagi who is scragged a metre short. Scrum to the Lions.

16

Another penalty to the Lions as Toby Lynn collapses the maul illegally. The Lions take the scrum about seven metres out and 17 metres in from the left-hand touchline. Good blindside here.

15

The Force's discipline has been poor as they try and put the Lions under pressure. Another penalty to the Lions is kicked out about three metres inside the Force 22.

12

The Lions pressing hard at the Force 22 and they have the advantage for a high tackle from the Force. Building up well and Sexton shows and goes and scores the opening TRY for the Lions. The CONVERSION from Halfpenny from right in front is over and the Lions lead 10-0. Warning signs for the Force.

8

A cross kick from Sexton for North is good but a good tackle from Stubbs and North is held but gets to his feet again and the penalty goes to the Force.

7

A great scrum from the Force but Brown can't control it at the back of the scrum and the Lions swamp him and turn it over. Sexton clears it out of his 22.

5

A great restart from Norton-knight and Murray throws a forward pass to Heaslip. Scrum to the Force inside the Lions 22.

3

The Lions running it from inside their half and Bowe slices through the defence. The Lions have the penalty advantage on the Force 22. The Force are offsides and Halfpenny will knock the PENALTY over from in front. 3-0 to the Lions.

1

The Force get the game going in Perth. Weather looks good as Norton-Knight kicks into the Lions 22. Murray returns the kick.

-5

A chance of showers at the Paterson Stadium in Perth for this encounter. It looks like it is holding at the moment.

-30

Half an hour until the Western Force host the Lions in Perth. This is considered the official start to the Lions tour and in the past it has been a one-way affair when the Lions take on Western Australia. Can the Force turn this around?
Force
Players
15 Jayden Hayward
14 Dane Haylett-Petty
13 Junior Rasolea
12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison
11 Nick Cummins
10 Zack Holmes
9 Ian Prior
8 Ben McCalman
7 Matt Hodgson
6 Brynard Stander
5 Wilhelm Steenkamp
4 Sam Wykes
3 Kieran Longbottom
2 Nathan Charles
1 Pek Cowan

Substitutes
25 Sias Ebersohn
23 Luke Burton
22 Justin Turner
21 Alby Mathewson
20 Chris Alcock
19 Adam Coleman
18 Ollie Hoskins
17 Tetera Faulkner
16 Heath Tessmann
B&I Lions
Players
15 Leigh Halfpenny
14 Tommy Bowe
13 Jonathan Davies
12 Jamie Roberts
11 George North
10 Jonathan Sexton
9 Mike Phillips
8 Toby Faletau
7 Sean O'Brien
6 Dan Lydiate
5 Geoff Parling
4 Alun Wyn Jones
3 Adam Jones
2 Richard Hibbard
1 Alex Corbisiero

Substitutes
23 Manu Tuilagi
22 Owen Farrell
21 Conor Murray
20 Justin Tipuric
19 Richie Gray
18 Dan Cole
17 Mako Vunipola
16 Tom Youngs