British And Irish Lions (19) 41
- Conversions: Halfpenny (3)
- Tries: Corbisiero, Sexton, North, Roberts
- Penalties: Halfpenny (5)
Australia (10) 16
- Conversions: Leali’ifano
- Tries: O’Connor
- Penalties: Leali’ifano (3)
- Lions: Leigh Halfpenny; Jonathan Davies , Tommy Bowe, George North, Jamie Roberts; Mike Phillips, Jonathan Sexton; Adam Jones, Alex Corbisiero, Alun Wyn Jones (capt), Richard Hibbard, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate, Toby Faletau, Sean O’Brien and Toby Faletau.
- Replacements: Mako Vunipola (for Corbisiero, 67), Dan Cole (for A Jones, 55), Manu Tuilagi (for Roberts, 69), Richie Gray (for Parling, 68), Justin Tipuric (for Faletau, blood, 55, for O’Brien, 60), Conor Murray (for Phillips, 51), Owen Farrell (for Sexton, 64), Tom Youngs (for Hibbard 48)
- Referee: Romain Poite (France)
- Attendance: 83,702
- Australia: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Christian Leali’ifano, James O’Connor, Joe Tomane, Will Genia; Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander, James Horwill (capt), Ben Mowen, George Smith, Kane Douglas, Wycliff Palu.
- Replacements: James Slipper (for Robinson, 66), Sekope Kepu (for Smith, 26-36, for Alexander, 36), Saia Fainga’a (for Moore, blood, 55-62, then 72), Rob Simmons (for Douglas 62), Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper (for Smith, 5-10, then 66), Jesse Mogg (for Folau, 27), Nick Phipps (for Genia, 69)
- Yellow card: Alexander (24)
In Sydney Irish Lions and British ended wait of 16 years for a series win along with demolition of Australia with shocking second-half in one pulsating decider.
Leading by 19-10 on half-time due to an early try by Alex Corbisiero and the 4 penalties of Leigh Halfpenny, Lions did roar to the victory with 3 scores inside twelve minutes.
Jamie Roberts, Jonny Sexton and George North all just crossed in a spell for bringing up tally of record points of tourists in a Test.Halfpenny, the man of the match landed 8 from 9 kicks for finishing with twenty-one points.
This was one new record of an individual for Lion in any Test, overtaking 20 points mark previously, shared by Stephen Jones and Jonny Wilkinson.Also, it got Helpenny past the series record previously by Neil Jenkins of forty-one points for Lions, Welsh finishing full-back with 49.
Try by James O’Connor from first half’s last move kept hosts in contact after Lions went ahead 19-3, and 2 penalties by Christian Leali’ifano cut this gap to 3 points quite early in 2nd half.
But 5th penalty of Halfpenny settled nerves and then Lions ran away having that, surpassing the highest previous tally 31 against Australia in 1966.The coach of Lions, Warren Gatland summoned heavy artillery for making 6 changes to side which narrowly failed in clinching 3-Test series at Melbourne, at the time Australia edged win with 16-15, and changes yielded quick reward when Corbisiero, one of those, burrowed over just with a minute and seventeen seconds on clock.
Kick-off by Sexton was knocked on by Will Genia for giving tourists one scrum platform which produced first in series of penalties and free-kicks.George Smith, the Australia flanker, recalled for the first Test by him in 4 years, was gingerly led off after sickening heads’ clash with Welshman in 5th minute.
Smith remarkably reappeared after 5 minutes, by which situation on thumping hit via Dan Lydiate over Joe Tomane, along with help given by Sean O’Brien, produced penalty and from which 10-0 was made by Halfpenny.
Then Wallabies were driven back over their ball at next engagement, producing same result: Halfpenny through sticks, penalty to Lions.Culprit was Ben Alexander, and when the referee dispatched Australia prop for sin-bin as they collapsed one more scrum, Halfpenny’s 4th successful penalty did take him past the record of Jenkins in 1997, last time when the Lions won any series.
Belatedly Australia built a bit of momentum as approached the half-time, the excellent ankle tap of Geoff Parling to Jesse Mogg, on as replacement for stricken Folau, halting dangerous attack.
3 times in succession, Australia went for kicking penalties at touch rather than goal, every time getting no reward. Though, the 3rd brought one scrum out by 5 metres, and O’Conner did step past O’Brien and Sexton for squeezing over, conversion by Leali’ifano cutting deficit to 9 points.This got reduced to 3 within 6 minutes of resumption when Leali’ifano’ landed 2 penalties.Though, after Halfpenny did make it 22-16 by 51 minutes, Lions took on this style of leaving Australia just in tatters.
Tommy Bowe and Sexton combined for sending Jonathan Davies just through one tackle and Halfpenny happened to be just over his shoulder.Suddenly, conversion of Halfpenny gave scoreline much reassuring look with perspective of Lions at 29-16.It was Halfpenny who stepped in Genia and quite far from Tomane for sending North surging towards left corner to get a 3rd try.
Then sweet pass of Conor Murray did put Robert just over for 4th.Lions left the benches, which included Richie Gray, only Scot who featured in this series, as army of the travelling support got to luxuriate in thumping victory quite before end.