The British and Irish Lions were the team who came out on top against Australia despite having a nervy final 10 minutes. The match kept the attention of the crowd the whole way through as it was very tight and even, with excitement coming from every attack from both teams. The British and Irish Lions were on great form winning their first 5 games of their campaign, but a loss against the Brumbies must have knocked their confidence going into the Australia game. However, after a tough fight from the Lions, they managed to come out on top winning by two points 23-21.
After this first test victory over Australia, the Lions are well on their way for a first series win in 16 years. The match was extremely close throughout but it was down to the boot Leigh Halfpenny who was ultimately the man who got the two points to win the match. In the first half, Australia took the advantage scoring two tries via Israel Folau, but their possible 14 points was cut down to 12 points when James O’Connor failed to convert one try, which proved to be extremely costly.
The Lions got their own try from George North which was successfully converted by Halfpenny as the Welshman damaged Australia even more by scoring a further two penalties in the first half of play. These penalties and the try took the Lions into the break with a one point advantage with the score at 13-12 in favour of the Lions.
The British and Irish Lions came out of the tunnel in the Suncorp Stadium with purpose as Alex Cuthbert scored another roaring try for his team in Red. Halfpenny managed to covert that try yet again and followed it up with another penalty putting them in a dominating lead ahead of the Australians. However, the Wallabies scored 3 tries, one from James O’Connor and two from Kurtley Beale to put them only two points behind the Lions.
Going into the final 10 minutes of the game, the Lions were being truly tested and had the difficult challenge of keeping Australia back. The last five minutes of the game was a nail-biting period of time for the Lions fans as Kurtley Beale had two golden chances to bury a penalty kick, which would have won them the game. With 5 minutes remaining, Beale kicked a penalty just wide, but the Australian has a second chance with the last kick of the game; Beale slipped and missed the kick handing the Lions the first test victory.
Overall, a total of 14 points were missed in kicking for Australia as Beale missed two penalties and O’Connor also missed two penalties and a conversion. Halfpenny was a clinical kicker for the Lions and that was ultimately what won them the game, if O’Connor did score that missed conversion, the final result would have finished level.
Author Daniel Foster.
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