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Simnikiwe Xabanisa

Lions make light work of Rebels


The British & Irish Lions scored five converted tries to beat the Rebels 35-0 in their final tour game in Melbourne.

Connor Murray, Sean Maitland, Sean O'Brien and Ben Youngs dotted down and referee Glen Jackson awarded the tourists a penalty try. Owen Farrell and Stuart Hogg were flawless with the boot as they kicked three and two conversions respectively.

The Rebels worked their way close to the tryline on several occasions, but they failed to breach the Lions' resilient defence. Their best chance of grabbing a consolation score came in the last movement of the match, but they were forced into touch 5m short.

The Lions led 14-0 at half-time after Murray and Maitland dived over.

The game opened up after the break, in which the Lions grabbed three more tries to complete the rout. Jordy Reid was sin-binned midway through the second half for illegally disrupting a strong Lions driving maul, which resulted in the penalty try.

British & Irish Lions – Tries: Connor Murray, Sean Maitland, Sean O'Brien, Penalty try, Ben Youngs. Conversions: Owen Farrell (3), Stuart Hogg (2).

Rebels – 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Lachlan Mitchell, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Gareth Delve (c), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Subs: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Angus Roberts, 23 Cooper Vuna.

British & Irish Lions – 15 Rob Kearney, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Simon Zebo, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Dan Lydiate (c), 5 Ian Evans, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Richard Hibbard, 1 Ryan Grant.
Subs: 16 Rory Best, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Matt Stevens, 19 Tom Croft, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Billy Twelvetrees, 23 Stuart Hogg.

Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

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