The Wallabies have pulled off a miraculous second Test escape act to break British and Irish hearts at Etihad Stadium and keep coach Robbie Deans in his job following a 16-15 victory. It handed Australia an epic win and sends the nerve-wracking series into a decider at Sydney's ANZ Stadium next Saturday night.
The Wallabies had thrown everything at the must-win match and looked the more dangerous attacking team but the Lions' defensive pressure and breakdown improvement frustrated them into error.
The Lions led 12-9 at halftime as little separated the two sides in a game of nip and tuck with the lead changing hands four times.
ROOKIE Wallaby Christian Lealiifano kicked a nail-biting conversion to seal a thrilling one-point victory over the British and Irish Lions in Melbourne, and keep Australia's series hopes alive heading to Sydney.
What a game. What a series. It's all down to Sydney next Saturday after another truly gripping Test. This is what sport is all about.
The amazing win, secured with a stunning try to Adam Ashley-Cooper in the 76th minute which was then converted by Christian Lealiifano, sets up a compelling third test decider in Sydney next Saturday night.
Green and gold rugby
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Australia were deserved winners after their huge spell of pressure deep in the second half led to Ashley-Cooper's try, the only one of the game.
"We certainly made it hard on ourselves at times, but it saves the series for Sydney," Wallabies skipper James Horwill said. "We didn't get a lot of rhythm on the ball tonight, and it's something we need to get better at."
Lions captain Sam Warburton said it was a bitter setback.
"Credit to Australia. They pushed us all the way to the end and got the try," he said. "It was a great game to be involved in, just disappointing for us at the end.