WEDNESDAY, 5 JUNE 2013
British and Irish Lions
Fulltime in Perth and a spectacle for the home fans, even if their side was on the receiving end. Lions rout the Force 69-17.
CONVERSION LIONS - 69-17 now as the conversion goes over once more. Not much time remaining on the clock.
TRY LIONS - Parling puts the icing on the cake on this Lions performance, a rout of sorts. He crashes over from close range from a short ball that put him into the gap.
Inside the final 5 minutes and the Lions continuing their attacking onslaught inside the Force territory. This has been the theme to this match all night.
Into the dying embers of this one and the Force attacking deep in the Lions territory. They opt for the scrum 5m out from the Lions goal, turning down the chance to kick for 3 points with no surprise.
CONVERSION LIONS - Halfpenny laughing in the face of this conversion from right underneath the posts. 62-17.
TRY LIONS - Here we go again, the Lions get another as Farrell finishes off a pretty backline move. This could get embarrassing here for the Force.
CONVERSION LIONS - 55-10 the scoreline now thanks to that conversion from right under the posts. This could be a blowout in the final 15 of this one.
TRY LIONS - 50 up for the Lions as Tuilagi makes the initial break, feeding O'Driscoll who strolls under the sticks for the simplest of braces.
CONVERSION FORCE - Simple conversion for the Force who look to regain some pride in this performance.
TRY FORCE - McCaffery scores for the shorthanded force! Straight up the guts he goes one off the ruck, crossing the stripe right underneath the sticks.
CONVERSION LIONS - Simple game for Halfpenny once again from the right hander corner. 46-10 now.
TRY LIONS - The Lions are over again in that right hand corner. Bowe gets in on the action off the scrum, and the shorthanded Force are powerless to stop the rampant Lions backline.
SIN BIN - Stubbs spending ten minutes in the bin here for the Force on the back of repeated infringements. Lions opt for the scrum 5m out off the penalty.
CONVERSION LIONS - Can this man miss? Halfpenny once again slots the extras from out on the right hand side. 41-10.
TRY LIONS - Another 5 pointer for the Lions. This one to the big man Vunipola who capitalises on some weak defense out on the right hand side.
CONVERSION FORCE - Simple conversion for Sheehan from adjacent to the right hand upright. 34-10.
TRY FORCE - Blows really being traded here by both teams as the Force get over for a 5-pointer. Brown capitalises on some grunt work by the forwards, sliding over in an awkward tackle.
CONVERSION LIONS - Halfpenny makes this look simple from the right hand side, converting from wide-out. This has the potential to become a blowout.
TRY LIONS - The Lions start the second half the exact same way they left the first. Another try on the right hand side this one goes to the hardworking Heaslip.
PENALTY GOAL AUSTRALIA - The start of the second half almost mirrors the first when O'Brien gets pinged for not releasing in the tackle and Lealiifano responds with a 36m goal. 19-13.
The sides are back on the paddock and ready to lock horns again in the second spell. Lions dominated proceedings in the first half.
CONVERSION LIONS - 27-0 it is at halftime as Halfpenny adds another simple conversion. Great first half by the touring party.
TRY LIONS - Right on the stroke of halftime the Lions get over again. Croft gets over in the left hand corner on the back of a huge overlap. A real momentum building going into the split.
PENALTY GOAL LIONS - Another simple 3 points for Halfpenny from a simple position in front of the sticks. Lions lead 20-3.
CONVERSION LIONS - Halfpenny continues his good form with the boot, converting this one from pressed up against the left hand touchline.
TRY LIONS - The Lions are over in the corner. The TMO is called upon, but he rightfully awards the try to O'Driscoll who does brilliantly to stay in the field of play.
PENALTY GOAL FORCE - The Force concede their attacking ways and decide to take the 3 points. Sheehan adds a simple 3 and the deficit is back down to 7 points.
The Lions again enjoying the field position dominance as they feed the attacking line-out 22m from the Force line. An overthrow however allows Sheehan to steal the spoils.
Not much joy so far for the Force who have been stifled by this resolute Northern Hemisphere defense. The Lions give away a free-kick for an early scrum engagement with the loose-headed feed.
The Force finally get a chance to do some attacking down the Lions end of the paddock. They opt for the touchline 5m out instead of opting for the 3 points, understandable.
The Lions continuing to chance their arm on attack deep in the Force territory. An error from Murray as he snipes off the back of the scrum brings this movement to and abrupt end.
The Lions continuing the assault on the Force goal-line. The home side give away a penalty for pulling down the maul 10m from their own line.
CONVERSION LIONS - Halfpenny adds a simple conversion from right infront to take the score out to 10-0.
TRY LIONS - The Lions deep on attack in the Force territory as they. Sexton runs the ball from fly-half off the pass from the ruck, slicing through some would be defense to score off a big dummy.
Solid start made here despite a couple of early handling errors that can be put down to the monumental occasion of this match for both sides. Lions in possession just the Force side of halfway.
PENALTY GOAL LIONS - The visitors opt to take the points from a friendly position. Halfpenny slots over an elementary 3 points to give his side the early lead.
We're underway in Perth in some good conditions. An undermanned Force line up compared to what we have seen in the Super Rugby competition.
The British and Irish Lions have landed in Australia after disposing of the Barbarians on Saturday night. Their first stop down under is Perth where they take on the flustering Force.
British and Irish Lions
R Brown, L McCaffrey
T Croft, J Heaslip, J Sexton, B O'Driscoll (2), T Bowe, M Vunipola, G Parling, O Farrell
B Sheehan (2)
L Halfpenny (9)
L Halfpenny (2)
Rucks & Mauls
Tackles / Missed
A Wyn Jones