Sunday 24 September 2017

British and Irish Lions: The story of the 2013 tour

The British and Irish Lions stand one victory away from completing their first series triumph for 16 years.

Here  is the  their route to tomorrow's third and deciding Test against Australia in Sydney.

 

* Lions 59 Barbarians 8, Hong Kong, June 1

 

An eight-try rout played in unbearably hot and humid conditions with Welsh duo Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert scoring two tries each.

 

* Western Force 17 Lions 69, Perth, June 5

 

A depleted Force team was routed by the Lions, who were led by acting captain Brian O'Driscoll, but Cian Healy suffered a tour-ending ankle injury.

 

* Queensland Reds 12 Lions 22, Brisbane, June 8

 

The first proper test as the Lions came up against a Quade Cooper-inspired Reds. Tommy Bowe broke his hand, but made a remarkable recovery after surgery.

 

* Combined NSW-QLD Country 0 Lions 64, Newcastle, June 11

 

Ten tries - two of them by George North - were run in against a team of part-timers in a pointless fixture that told the Lions nothing.

 

* NSW Waratahs 17 Lions 47, Sydney, June 15

 

The best performance of the provincial games saw the Lions hit ominous form against a quality side, marred only by Jamie Roberts' hamstring injury.

 

* Brumbies 14 Lions 12, Canberra, June 18

 

After scaling the heights against the Waratahs, the Brumbies sent a dismal Lions team crashing down to earth in their first provincial defeat since 1997.

 

* Australia 21 Lions 23, Brisbane, June 22

 

One of the great Lions matches had everything - stunning tries, ferocious intensity and high drama as Australia missed a penalty at the death.

 

* Melbourne Rebels 0 Lions 35, Melbourne, June 25

 

The midweek team atoned for their humiliation in Canberra with a professional and polished display against honest, if limited, opposition.

 

* Australia 16 Lions 15, Melbourne, June 29

 

In terms of quality the second Test was poor, but it was another game of high drama as Leigh Halfpenny's injury-time penalty fell agonisingly short.

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