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Australia v British and Irish Lions - LIVE!

By Jack de Menezes

by Jack de Menezes on Jul 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the third and final Test between Australia and the British and Irish Lions at the Olympic Stadium in Sydney.

  • Australia v British and Irish Lions Final Score: 16-41
    • Lions win a first Test series for 16 years with victory in Sydney
    • Alex Corbisiero,Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts score as Lions trounce the Wallabies
    • James O'Connor with try on stroke of half-time to send them in at 10-19 
    7/6/2013 8:35:40 AM
  • 31 mins: Now over 25 phases, they bring in North i midfield and set-up Sexton for a drop-goal. It's close...but no, just to the left and it's a let-off for the Wallabies.
    7/6/2013 10:41:37 AM
  • 33 mins: Wyn Jones and Hibbard combine well with a lovely offload from the ground, but Kepu rips the ball free and Tomane kicks and chases, but the balls into touch. Lions clear.
    7/6/2013 10:43:25 AM
  • 34 mins: Jeese Mogg introduces himself to international rugby by bursting through the Lions defence, and he travelling when a last-gasp tap tackle knocks him down and the ball is dislodged. Great break from Mogg though. Lions scrum.
    7/6/2013 10:45:04 AM
  • 35 mins: Sexton slices a kick but Bowe does brilliantly to collect it in the air. They quickly switch left but North bumps into Davies, and he's penalised for holding on. Mogg kicks for the corner, and Australia know they need points sooner than later. Smith is back on, but Kepu remains on and Alexander stays on the bench.
    7/6/2013 10:46:42 AM
  • 36 mins: O'Connor puts up a bombg for Tomane, but North takes it wonderfully and looks to break out of his 22m. He doesn't, and Sexton kicks away. Australia attacking once again.
    7/6/2013 10:47:43 AM
  • 37 mins: Penalty to Australia as O'Brien is penalised for a high tackle on Ashley-Cooper. Beale kicks into the corner - everyone's kicking today - but Australia have chosen not to kick 4 penalties now. Possibly 12 points gone begging if they don't convert here.
    7/6/2013 10:49:11 AM
  • 38 mins: Genia, with an advantage, goes down the blindside and offloads to Moore, who takes the tackle and offloads to Horwill. He goes for the corner but is pushes into touch. We come back for the penalty, and it's into the corner again.
    7/6/2013 10:50:15 AM
  • 40 mins: A huge drive from Palu is pushed on the within the Lions 5m. O'Connor tries to step Faletau, but it doesn't come off. Tomane goes, and the ball doesn't come out. Australia will have the scrum. Huge moment this as the clock is stopped on 39:52.
    7/6/2013 10:51:35 AM
  • 40 mins: Australia get quick ball from a much more stable scrum, and O'Connor tries another step that take shim past Sexton and O'Brien. North treis to stop him but he can't, AUSTRALIA TRY!
    7/6/2013 10:54:20 AM
  • 40 mins: Leali'ifano converts the try next to the posts and it's 10-19 at half-time. A moment of brilliance from O'Connor, and Australia have been waiting all series for him to do that as he crosses the line at a pivotal moment.
    7/6/2013 10:55:24 AM
  • What an enthralling half of rugby. The Lions shot out of the blocks like a scalded cat, putting 19 points on the Wallabies in 26 minutes. The yellow card to Alexander seems to have been a blessing in disguise though, as Kepu has definitely sured up the Australian scrum. The game is delicately poised with just 40 minutes remaining of the 2013 series, and Australia definitely aren't out of this one.
    7/6/2013 10:58:49 AM
  • Interestingly, 50% of you backed the Wallabies, with just 17% for the Lions and 33% backing a draw. Have you changed your mind following that half?
    7/6/2013 11:00:20 AM
  • Here's what we're seeing at the scrum - Lions win a penalty on this occasion

    7/6/2013 11:02:08 AM
  • Alex Corbisiero touches down to score the opening try for the LIons

    7/6/2013 11:04:18 AM
  • Split loyalties from you all, but no one calling a winner just yet...

    7/6/2013 11:07:38 AM
  • 41 mins: We're back underway, and Australia win a penalty straight away at the breakdown. Now Leali'ifano will go for goal, having rejected the chance five times before. Not the start the Lions wanted.
    7/6/2013 11:08:32 AM
  • 42 mins: He's got it, and we're down to a one-score game. 13-19.
    7/6/2013 11:09:07 AM
  • 43 mins: Beale chips a lovely kick over the Lions defence and regains the ball. He's tackled by Halfpenny, but Genia kicks towards the corner. Both Smith and Horwill are offside on the chase but it isn't noticed and Sexton puts it into touch on his 5m.
    7/6/2013 11:11:26 AM
  • 45 mins: Another penalty to Australia as the Lions are penalised for coming in the side. They'll go for posts. The tide has certainly turned and it's all Australia at the moment. Can the Lions hold on?
    7/6/2013 11:12:30 AM
  • 46 mins: Leali'ifano nails it, and it's down to a three point lead. 16-19.
    7/6/2013 11:13:05 AM
  • 47 mins: Sexton's up-and-under isn't taken cleanly and he wraps up Beale. Australia clear their lines but it's till in their 22. Lions ball.
    7/6/2013 11:14:22 AM
  • 48 mins: The line-out is scrappy and Parling is judged to knock it on. Tom Youngs comes on for Hibbard, who has played really well today, but he's taken a knock or two.
    7/6/2013 11:15:17 AM
  • 50 mins: Sexton again searches for North to bring him into the line, but he's stopped before he gets going. The Lions are starting to rumble the ball up field and Bowe is nearly away, but he's just stopped. Mowen goes for the intercept but just knocks it on. Scrum to the Lions about 35m out.
    7/6/2013 11:17:32 AM
  • 51 mins: That's better! The scrum domination returns to the Lions when Kepu pops up under pressure from Corbisiero. Halfpenny will kick for goal.
    7/6/2013 11:19:29 AM
  • 52 mins: Halfpenny gets it, and Phillips is taken off for Conor Murray. Not a great game for Phillips again. 16-22.
    7/6/2013 11:20:32 AM
  • 54 mins: Beale and O'Connor combine brilliantly despite questions of an offside runner. Beale chips the ball through for Mogg, but Halfpenny just gets there first. Danger averted for the tourists as they clear.
    7/6/2013 11:22:11 AM
  • 55 mins: The Lions look very tired in defence, and Smith sees a gap. He's stopped, and it's a brilliant turnover by Faletau. Counter! Sexton chips for North, who takes it and offloads to Davies. He loses the ball to Mogg, but he is pushed into touch and the Lions have the line-out outside the 22. Host of changes, as Adam Jones leaves for Dan Cole, Faletau leaves for blood and is replaced by Justin Tipuric with O'Brien moving to No 8 despite hobbling, and Stephen Moore goes off for Fa'ainga for Australia.
    7/6/2013 11:26:17 AM
  • 57 mins: The Lions build-up patiently, and they suddenly spring left when when Davies drifts wide of his man. He passes to Halfpenny who breaks the line, and as he's hauled down short he offloads to Sexton to score! Poite checks for a forward's good! LIONS TRY!
    7/6/2013 11:28:53 AM
  • 58 mins: Halfpenny adds the extra's and it's 16-29. Anyone for 29-23 to mirror 2001?
    7/6/2013 11:30:02 AM
  • 60 mins: Halfpenny sends another kick into the corner just to pin back the Australians. Once again, they'll have to look for the try now, and we have just 20 minutes left.
    7/6/2013 11:31:31 AM
  • 61 mins: Faletau returns from the blood bin and now Sean O'Brien leaves the field. Palu goes off for Australia and is replaced by Hooper.
    7/6/2013 11:32:54 AM
  • 62 mins: Australia are threatening the try-line and earn an advantage. Genia snipes through but is stopped, but they continue round the fringes. No advantage, and we come back for the penalty.
    7/6/2013 11:34:29 AM
  • 63 mins: Smith taps and goes but he's stopped. Kepu goes but he knocks on and Roberts kicks away when the counter could have been on. Douglas leaves for Rob Simmons.
    7/6/2013 11:35:45 AM
  • 64 mins: Penalty to the Lions as Australia go off their feet. O'Connor has switched to fly-half and O'Connor to full-back in the search for tries. Lions line-out on halfway.
    7/6/2013 11:36:48 AM
  • 65 mins: Warren Gatland makes a big call, as Sexton leaves to be replaced by Owen Farrell for his LIons Test debut. Halfpenny takes a deep kick and looks to counter...he's through! He draws last defender Beale before feeding North who's in for the TRY!
    7/6/2013 11:38:44 AM
  • Magic from Halfpenny, some of the best footwork you will see to dance through the defence and beat 3 men. Surely that puts the result out of reach for Australia? He misses the conversion from the touchline. 16-34.
    7/6/2013 11:39:59 AM
  • 67 mins: George Smith leaves the field and into international retirement. Penalty to the Lions at the scrum and Farrell will put the ball into the Australian half. Mako Vunipola and Richie Gray come on Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling, with Gray becoming the first Scot to feature on in the Test series.
    7/6/2013 11:42:43 AM
  • 68 mins: ANOTHER TRY! Jamie Roberts bursts through the defence on first phase balls. We simply fends off Genia and canters home for a lovely try.
    7/6/2013 11:43:49 AM
  • 69 mins: Halfpenny adds the extra's and surely that's game over. 16-41, Sheer brilliance from the Lions!
    7/6/2013 11:44:23 AM
  • 70 mins: Manu Tuilagi is on and his first act it to pick up the loose ball in his own 22. The Australians are still going to their credit, but surely it's out of reach.
    7/6/2013 11:46:37 AM
  • 72 mins: Australia knock-on and Bowe can't take advantage as he is just stopped. Another scrum, and a smiling Gatland up in the coaches box. Pats all round for Roberts as he came off, and we see a smiling Brian O'Driscoll in the stands as he'll finally have his Test series win. Party atmosphere now for everyone in red.
    7/6/2013 11:48:24 AM
  • 74 mins: Another penalty at the scrum for loss of binding, and Farrell sends it into the Australian half. Penalty to Australia though as Faletau is caught holding on. They've missed touch as Bowe keeps it in, and Halfpenny clears. The coaches are shaking hands and hugging - they know they've won it - and we have five minutes to go.
    7/6/2013 11:50:31 AM
  • 77 mins: Murray clears the ball to halfway, and the Australians are understandably deflated. Murray takes the ball at the line-out but it's a penalty to Australia. They tap and go quickly.
    7/6/2013 11:53:10 AM
  • 78 mins: Comes to nothing and the Lions have it back. Just counting down the seconds here.
    7/6/2013 11:54:07 AM
  • 79 mins: And Vunipola get's in on the feast at the scrum winning another penalty. Jamie Roberts is in tears already, and Farrell sends the ball into the corner. The Lions have put everyone into the line-out!
    7/6/2013 11:55:23 AM
  • 80 mins: It doesn't work, but Farrell chips over for Bowe. Australia counter, is it on. No, it's knocked on! THE LIONS WIN!
    7/6/2013 11:56:30 AM
  • What a brilliant end to a fantastic series, and you have to credit both sides for their sheer commitment and talent throughout the series. But it's the Lions that take the spoils to record a historic win - the first series win since 1997 and the first Down Under since 1989.
    7/6/2013 12:06:22 PM
  • The Player of the Series award goes to Leigh Halfpenny, and it's richly deserved not just for his kicking, but for his performance today.
    7/6/2013 12:07:09 PM
  • Despite what's gone on throughout the series, Australia captain James Horwill congratulates both the Lions squad and the fans. He gets a cheer from them all, and it's a very noble speech when he must be distraught.
    7/6/2013 12:08:18 PM
  • Tour captain Sam Warburton hobbles up to give his speech, and he too congratulates both the Australian's and the fans. 
    7/6/2013 12:09:55 PM
  • And it's left to Warburton and on-field captain of the day Alun Wyn Jones to lift the trophy and celebrate a fantastic Lions victory!
    7/6/2013 12:10:42 PM
  • That's all from me today, and for the series. It's been a delight to report, and what better way than to finish with a game like today's. Commiserations to Australia, and they put up with a brave fight, but in the end the Lions produces a performance they fans have felt they've had within them for decades. Thanks for joining me, and don't forget we'll have all the reaction on our sport page along with live coverage of the Ladies Wimbledon final.
    7/6/2013 12:12:49 PM
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