British & Irish Lions pass Queensland Reds Test

The British & Irish Lions won the third match on their 2013 tour Australia
when they beat the Queensland Reds 12-22 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The Reds outscored the British & Irish Lions by two tries to one and gave
the visitors their biggest test yet.

The Reds started the match with a frenetic pace which produced the first try after the Lions had taken a six point lead.

The Lions however fought their way back into the lead with a try by Leicester Tigers and England scrum half Ben Youngs to lead 7-16 at half time.

Unfortunately the weather had a big effect on the match in the second half as rain came down and made the ball greasy and difficult to handle.

A breakaway try by scrum-half Nick Frisby briefly threatened an upset but the
Lions closed it out helped by two more penalties from the boot of Farrell, who
landed all six of his place kicks.

The Lions, coming off emphatic wins in Hong Kong and Perth against the Barbarians
and a second-string Western Force, also narrowly missed three tries in the first
half which were ruled out by the video referee.

“They came at us at 100 miles an hour in that first 20 minutes and the
boys soaked up the pressure,” Lions coach Warren Gatland said.

“From that point of view it was exactly what we wanted, realisation for
the players about what it means to Australian players.

“And for us to soak up the pressure, and guts it out and come up with
a win, I’m very proud of that performance.”

The Reds fielded nine Wallabies in their starting line up and they threw everything
at the Lions, particularly in a thrilling first half, but the visitors were
able to absorb the early pressure then slowly take control.

However, the win came at a cost when Irish winger Tommy Bowe went off with
a suspected broken hand and was ruled out for the rest of the tour, joining
props Gethin Jenkins (calf) and Cian Healy (ankle) as the third casualty in
two days.

The Reds had plenty to prove to onlooking Wallabies coach Robbie Deans, and
especially flyhalf Cooper, who was controversially omitted from Australia’s
initial squad for the three-Test Lions series.

But a typically mercurial Cooper, whose evening was tarnished when he almost
gifted the Lions a first-half try and missed an easy penalty, was unable to
spark an upset victory in front of a 50,136 crowd at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Instead it was winger Luke Morahan who impressed most with two try-saving tackles
and a brilliant five-pointer of his own.

The home team dominated the early exchanges, but the Lions had the best early
chance when Bowe went on a brilliant run to feed fellow wing Alex Cuthbert,
who was dragged into touch by Morahan before he grounded the ball.

And despite seeing hardly any of the ball, the visitors took a 3-0 lead when
Farrell kicked a 13th-minute penalty following a Queensland scrum infringement.

However, the Reds struck back with a superb solo try by Morahan, who climbed
high to take a kick, evaded a tackle from back-from-injury Lions captain Sam
Warburton and then chipped over fullback Stuart Hogg to score under the posts.

The Lions came back into the game, and North nearly capitalised on a howling
botched pass from Cooper on his own 22.

They got within a point thanks to a second penalty to Farrell, while at the
other end Cooper missed a seemingly straightforward effort from 36 metres.

Farrell, fed by North, then came desperately close to a five-pointer only for
Morahan to knock the ball out of his hands as he went to ground it.

But the Lions demolished the Queensland pack in the ensuing scrum, and England
scrumhalf Ben Youngs dislodged the ball from number eight Jake Schatz and pounced
on it for an opportunistic try and a

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