The British and Irish Lions were looking for a win in the second test of the Lions Tour against Australia, but the Wallabies just about managed to edge them in yet again another thrilling match. If the Lions had beaten Australia at the weekend, the series would have been over and the Lions would have left victorious. However, now that Australia have pulled the series back to 1-1, the two teams are going to have to play a final test this weekend to decide who lifts the trophy.
Just like the first test 2 weeks ago, the outcome of the game all came down to the final kick, which previously Australia missed and gave the Lions the 1 test advantage. However, in that match, Australia had their main kicker Christian Leali’ifano knocked out in the opening two minutes, which meant that James O’Connor was kicking for them in that game. The big worry for the Lions was that Leali’ifano was back this game and fit to kick for his national side. The score line shows that the game was close, but neither side really controlled the game at any point.
Similar to previous Australia vs Lions matches, there were plenty of penalties including one in the 2nd minute of the match which Leigh Halfpenny missed, hitting the crossbar. It only took Australia a further 6 minutes to concede another penalty which Halfpenny managed to convert, but the score was levelled up when Leali’ifano scored a penalty of his own 6 minutes later.
After 20 minutes of play, Australia took the lead for the first time in the match from another Leali’ifano penalty, yet that was cancelled out straight away when Halfpenny kicked home to level the scores only 3 minutes later. The final 10 minutes of the first half was action-packed as Halfpenny scored a penalty, and then Leali’ifano grabbed one, only for Halfpenny to score yet another on the half-time whistle to take the Lions into the break with a 9-12 lead.
20 minutes into the second half and another penalty was scored for the British and Irish Lions which proved to be the final penalty scored in the game; the score was then 9-15. Nevertheless, with only 4 minutes of play remaining, Adam Ashley-Cooper powered his way to the left corner to score the first, and only try of the game. Leali’ifano stepped up and converted the try to give Australia the 16-15 lead. Halfpenny did have a penalty in the final minute of the game in his own half, but unsurprisingly, it fell too short handing the Australians the second test victory.
Going into the final Test, the British and Irish Lions have a major blow to their squad as Captain, Sam Warburton, cannot play due to a hamstring injury. The Welshman commented, “It is incredibly disappointing to be ruled out of the tour through injury. I wish the team all the best and hope I can play some part in the build-up this week. I am confident the boys can finish the job off and secure the series win.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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