Australia vs British and Irish Lions: Reactions from around the world
Saturday 29 June 2013
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
The Wallabies only had a couple of muddy tags between heartache and victory last week. Heartache won the day! The Lions have lost players in Key positions while the Wallabies have a re-jigged back-line. Who’s cuisine will reign supreme?
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.
Brooklyn Beckham poses in Arsenal training kit following rumours of signing for the Gunners
Manchester United transfer news and rumours: David De Gea could leave for FREE; £38m for Marquinhos; £37m bid for Mats Hummels;
Transfer talk: Juan Cuadrado Chelsea move imminent; Manchester United eye Nathaniel Clyne; Andre Schurrle medical at Wolfsburg
Danny Ings to Liverpool: The Reds attempt to steal a march on rivals in race to sign Burnley striker
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures