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British & Irish Lions sweep Combined Country aside

Scottish Lion Stuart Hogg races for the line before scoring

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Article Published: Wednesday 12 June 2013|

The British and Irish Lions remained unbeaten after four matches when they hammered a Combined Country outfit 0-64 in Newcastle, Australia.

The final score is not the Lions biggest on tour as they beat the Western Force 17-69 but this time the Lions kept their opposition scoreless whilst scoring 10 tries of their own.

The tourists turned on a brilliant display of running rugby with their backs showing great form in the countdown to the opening Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane on June 22.

Welsh winger George North scored two tries with others going to Alex Cuthbert, Conor Murray, Stuart Hogg, Richard Hibbard, skipper Brian O'Driscoll, Leigh Halfpenny, Sean O'Brien and Jonathan Davies.

Hogg kicked four conversions and Halfpenny three.

The plucky Combined Country team looked set to concede a huge score when they trailed 38-0 at halftime, but they stuck to their guns and almost grabbed a consolation try late in the game.

'We didn't know what to expect from the Country boys tonight and they gave a full 80 minutes and tested us at times," Lions skipper O'Driscoll said.

"We kept it to zero and that explains a lot our emphasis on defence."

The Lions scored at almost a point a minute in the opening storming half wowing the 20,000 Newcastle crowd with their free-flowing attacks.

Scotland's Hogg, switched to a makeshift fly-half for the game, was heavily involved as the tourists put on a blinding exhibition of precision passing and handling.

Welsh winger Cuthbert scored the opening try in the eighth minute and it was a steady procession to the Country try-line.

Cuthbert was involved in Irish scrum-half Conor Murray's try minutes later and then Hogg speared through a gap to score untouched.

But Hogg's conversion hit the upright for the first goalkick miss by the tourists in 19 attempts in Australia.

The plucky Country team hammered away at the Lions try-line for no reward before a splendid 65-metre try featuring fullback Sean Maitland and North before the winger trotted over.

Hooker Richard Hibbard scored a pushover try and North grabbed his second after the ball swept across the backline.

The Lions were held to 26 points in the second half by the dogged Combined Country team, which showed great pride in doing their best to stem the red tide.

The Lions face up to Super Rugby team New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Final Score Combined Country 0 (0) British and Irish Lions 64 (38)


Combined Country
Tries -
Pen -
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

British and Irish Lions
Tries - A.Cuthbert, C.Murray, S.Hogg, G.North 2, R.Hibbard, B.O'Driscoll, Halfpenny. S.O'Brien, J.Davis
Pen -
Con - S.Hogg 4, L.Halfpenny 3
Drop -
Cards -

Match Official
Steve Walsh


Combined NSW/Queensland Country

Nathan Trist; Alex Gibbon, Lewie Catt, Tareta-Junior Siakisini, Tom Cox; Angus Roberts, Michael Snowden; Tim Davidson (capt), Jarrad Butler, Richard Stanford; Blake Enever, Phoenix Battye; Tim Metcher, Josh Mann-Rae, Haydn Hirsimaki.

Replacements: Tom Kearney, Dylan Evans, Rikki Abraham, Rory Arnold, Trent Dyer, Adam McCormack, Shaun McCarthy, Dale Ahwang.

British and Lions

15. Sean Maitland , 14. Alex Cuthbert , 13. Brian O'Driscoll (c) , 12. Jamie Roberts , 11. George North 10. Stuart Hogg, 9. Conor Murray , 1. Alex Corbisiero , 2. Richard Hibbard , 3. Dan Cole , 4. Richie Gray , 5. Ian Evans , 6. Sean O'Brien, 7. Justin Tipuric , 8. Jamie Heaslip

Replacements: 16. Rory Best , 17. Ryan Grant, 18. Matt Stevens , 19. Alun Wyn Jones , 20. Tangaki Taulupe Faletau , 21. Mike Phillips, 22. Jonathan Davies , 23. Leigh Halfpenny

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