LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

British & Irish Lions

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 22 June 2013 - 20h00
Kick-off : Sat, 22 June 2013 - 12h00
Venue : Brisbane
Referee : Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  Australia B&I Lions
Tries Israel Folau (13min) and Israel Folau (35min) George North (26min)
Penalties Leigh Halfpenny (24min), Leigh Halfpenny (32min), and Leigh Halfpenny (65min)
Conversions Leigh Halfpenny (27min) and Leigh Halfpenny (50min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

80

Kurtley Beale, from 45m out, right in front, slips as he kicks and the hooter for FULL-TIME goes. That gives victory to the B&I Lions. They go 1-0 up in thye three-Test series. This was a cracker and there are two more to come. Join us in a while when we head to SA for first of the back-toback Tests in the four-nation tournament. First up Scotland v Italy and then SA v Samoa!

79

Penalty to Australia after the Lions looked in control of that scrum.

78

Couple of scrum resets - that is playing into the Lions' hands

77

They work their way into the Lions half, but then James Horwill coughs up the ball. And now Adam Ashley-Cooper leaves the field with an injury - double OUCH!!!

76

Wallabies must do it from inside their own half

75

Kurtley Beale, from about 40m out on the angle, pushed it out to the right

74

Penalty to the Wallabies at the tackle/ruck - wow, are the Lions going to be fuming about the calls in the last five minutes

72

The Wallabies manage to get a scrum turnover - something looked wrong there. The Wallabies go upfield and eventually win a scrum feed near the Lions 10m line. The last two calls by the ref are very questionalble

70

Lions trying to take the ball up with their forwards and Sexton goes to the air - Digby Ioane is held up and the Lions win a turnover. Scrum feed 10m from the Wallaby line

68

Kurtley Beale slots the PENALTY and it is a two-point game again - 21-23

67

Kirtley Beale goes on an arching run and makes about 50 metres, before Paul O'Connell is penalised at the tackle 10m from his line

65

Leigh Halfpenny, from 25m out on the angle, slots the PENALTY for a 23-18 lead

64

A great chip-'n-chase by Sexton puts the Lions on attack - they are up to the 22. Penalty to the Lions, offside by Hooper

62

Kurtley Beale takes his time on this one and he slots the PENALTY to make it a two-point game - 18-20

60

Both teams giving the ball away with silly kicks - penalty to the Wallabies, 45m out right in front

58

The Wallaby scrum is under pressure, but Mike Phillips blown for offside - that's a lucky escape for the Wallabies, as Sekope Kepu was on his knees there

57

The Lions break out, but just outside the Wallaby 22 a forward pass brings the move to and end. This is a great game!

56

Scrum reset - the pitch is cutting up quite badly

55

Now it is the Wallabies' turn to cough up the ball inside the Lions 22 - Benn Robinson the culprit

53

The Lions come charging back and work their way towards the Walaby 22, but they concede another penalty at the tackle/ruck - Sam Warburton is complaining bitterly now

51

From the restart Alex Corbisiero is penalised at the tackle/ruck and James O'Connor slots the PENALTY to narrow the gap by three points - 15-20

50

Leigh Halfpenny adds the CONVERSION - 20-12 to the Lions

49

TRY - From the line-out Alex Cuthbert comes into and through a huge hole, a classic set-piece try. The TMO is called upon, who awards the try to the Lions.

48

Scrum penalty against the Wallabies - it is beginning to mount

47

Now Pat McCabe os taken off with a neck/head injury and Liam Gill comes on - the Wallabies could be in trouble here, they are running out of backs

46

A clearance kick is charged ow and the Wallabies regather the ball. But after a few phases McCabe puts the ball down cold - just inside the Lions half

45

The Lions win a turnover near their 22 and Sexton drives the Wallabies back into their own half

43

O'Connor gives the ball up with a shocking pass, but then Phillips concedes a penalty at the tackle near halfway

42

Lions attempt a maul, but are drven into touch near their 10m line

41

Beale gets the second half underway. Phillips goes to the air and the Wallabies run it back

41

Beale gets the second half underway. Phillips goes to the air and the Wallabies run it back. Then Genia puts it directly into touch

40

Leigh Halfpenny is wide of the mark, as the hooter for HALF-TIME goes. The Lions had the edge in the first half, but the Wallabies have found the occasional gap pn the blind. See you in 10 minutes.

39

Brian O'Driscoll steps through the Wallaby line and puts Jonathan Davis into space. The Wallabies kill the ball illegally - penalty to the Lions.

38

George North pushes Israel Foloau into Berrick Barnes and another Wallaby is taken off the field with concussion - OUCH!!!

37

Penalty against the Lions for obstruction - may have gotten this one wrong

36

James O'Connor can't add the extras - 12-13

35

TRY - Israel Folau steps past one defender and over another, as he goes over. The call goes to the TMO, who must rule on the last pass. He rules in favour of the Wallabies.

33

Genia goes to the air and Israel Folau regathers, but from the ruck James Horwill is forced into touch

32

Leigh Halfpenny, from about 25m out, slots the PENALTY and the Lions lead 13-7

31

The Lions maul strongly, before the maul is illegally brought down. From the ruck George North is over in the corner and the call goes to the TMO. He rules that North's elbow was into touch. They come back for a penalty to the Lions for the illegal tactics of the Wallabies.

29

:ions on fire now - the bounce also favouring them and the Wallabies are under pressure as Genia is forced to scramble the ball into touch less than 10m out

27

Leigh Halfpenny, from the touchline, adds the CONVERSION as the Lion lead 10-7

26

TRY - George North exposes the Wallaby defence for the Lions' first try. It came after a shocking kick by Berrick Barnes, and George North racing and stepping past several defenders on an arching 60m run

24

Leigh Halfpenny, from about 40m, slots the PENALTY and the Lions are on the board - 3-7

23

Another penalty against the Wallabies. The numbers are adding up.

21

Pat McCabe pinged for offside at a ruck - it is tense and both teams are still looking for that soft underbelly of the opposition

19

Wallabies get some momentum with the ball in hand, but Israel Folau is held up in the tackle and the Lions win a turnover

17

The Wallabies get the ball back from a poor Sexton kick and a high bomb by Genia exposes Alex Cuthbert - who knocks on

16

Mike Phillips gets monstered behind a ruck, but the Lions retain the ball

15

Great clearance by O'Connor from the restart - line-out on halfway

14

James O'Connor adds the CONVERSION and the Wallabies lead 7-0

13

TRY - Israel Folau gets the opening score of the Test and the series. It cam after the Wallabies won a penalty inside their 22 and Will Genia took a quick tap. He made his way up to the Lions 22, before a little grubber put Israel Folau into space

12

The Wallaby defence holds strong, for now

11

Lions forwards taking it up and making their way into the Wallaby 22

9

Lions demolish the Wallaby scrum and win a penalty - the crowd roar their approval

8

Scrum free kick to the Lions this time - the scrums are going to be crucial

7

James O'Connor, this time from well over 40m out on the angle, is again wide - none from two

6

Brian O'Driscoll again penalised at the tackle/ruck

5

James O'Connor, from 40-odd metres out on the angle, is short and wide

4

Penalty against Brian O'Driscoll for not supporting his own weight at a ruck - on the Lions 10m line

3

Benn Robinson knocks on and the Lions carry the ball back

2

First scrum, reset. And reset again. Free kick against the Lions.

1

Christian Lealiifano knocked out cold in the first tackle - Jonathan Davies went straight over him and he is in lala-land. Medics are on the field straight away - good call by the ref to stop the game. Lealiifano's debut lasted less than a minuted! Pat McCabe is ready to come on.

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Jonathan Sexton gets us underway

-1

The Aussie anthem - the crowd joins in

-2

And again some noise, as the Wallabies come out

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The crowd erupts as Warburton leads the Lions out

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The teams are getting ready to take to the field

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It is very 'colourful' a good mix of red and yellow

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There have been some passing clouds, but little to no chance of rain. It is a crisp 13°C

-10

The first Test is officially sold-out. That means over 50,000 fans packed in for this blockbuster

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Where will this game be won or lost? Will the Lions' forwards get the upper hand, or will the guile of the Wallaby backs do the trick?

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It is that time - the first Test between the Wallabies and the B&I Lions. The tension here in Brisbane is unbelievable.
Australia
Players
15 Israel Folau
14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
13 Tevita Kuridrani
12 Christian Lealiifano
11 Joe Tomane
10 Bernard Foley
9 Nick Phipps
8 Scott Higginbotham
7 Michael Hooper
6 Scott Fardy
5 Rob Simmons
4 Sam Carter
3 Sekope Kepu
2 Saia Faingaa
1 James Slipper

Substitutes
23 Rob Horne
22 Quade Cooper
21 Nic White
20 Matt Hodgson
19 James Horwill
18 Ben Alexander
17 Benn Robinson
16 Josh Mann-Rae
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