Lions Tour of Australia 2013: Combined Country XV 0-64 British and Irish Lions

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The British and Irish Lions continued their 100% winning form in their latest warm-up match against the Combined Country XV.

Warren Gatland’s side ran home 10 tries to nil as they eased to 64-0 victory.

Wing George North scored two of the Lions’ six first-half tries, with four more following in an increasingly patchy display after the interval.

The match itself had the feel of a training ground exercise to it, but their opponents gave an admirably committed display.

 

Thankfully for Gatland, no further injuries were sustained to his squad.

In such an open game it was little surprise perhaps that open-side Justin Tipuric shone, while hooker Richard Hibbard impressed in the loose, even if a couple of line-out throws failed to find their target.

That trend continued when Rory Best replaced the Welshman in the second half, an area the Lions will need to fix ahead of the Test series.

It took the tourists seven minutes to score their first try, a Tipuric break allowing Brian O’Driscoll to put Alex Cuthbert over in the right corner for his third try of the tour. The Lions continued to tot-up the points, adding scores at regular intervals.

Cuthbert cut back inside on the angle to release Conor Murray for the second, before Tipuric put Hogg through a gaping hole in midfield and the fly-half scorched through it.

Cuthbert added after the game, “We could have been more ruthless. We won 64-0 and didn’t concede a try, but maybe we took our foot off the gas in the second half.”

The Lions continued to rack up the tries in the second half, as they continue their preparations for the first test against Australia a week on Saturday.

The team has now arrived in Sydney for the next match, where they will play the Waratahs on Saturday.

Combined Country (0) 0

Lions (38) 64

  • Tries: Cuthbert, Murray, Hogg, North (2), Hibbard, O’Driscoll, Halfpenny, O’Brien, Davies
  • Conversions: Hogg (4), Halfpenny (3)
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