Lions thrash Australia to seal series win

What a finale to the series!   First series win in 16 years and Gatland makes the right decision.

The Right Decision

One match all, the series square.
O’Driscoll dropped, Gatland takes the flak.
Vitriol’s poured, no looking back.
The right decision, Gatland swears.
Ten Welshmen starting in the side.
The strategy’s the power game.
Four nations united, come to tame
the Wallabies with Lions’ pride.
Forty-one sixteen the final score.
Corbisiero, Sexton, Roberts, North
scoring tries as they battled forth
with Halfpenny kicking, man of the tour.
First series win in sixteen years.
Blood, sweat, joy, vindication, tears.

6th July 2013 -headlines from BBC

Notes:  “British and Irish Lions thrash Australia to seal series win.”  The British and Irish Lions ended a 16-year wait for a series win with a stunning second-half demolition of Australia in a pulsating decider in Sydney.  Leading 19-10 at half-time via an early Alex Corbisiero try and four Leigh Halfpenny penalties, the Lions roared to victory with three scores inside 12 minutes.  Jonny Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts all crossed in a breathless spell to bring up the tourists’ record points tally in any Test.  Man-of-the-match Halfpenny landed eight from nine kicks to finish with 21 points.  That was a new individual record for a Lion in a Test, overtaking the previous mark of 20 points shared by Jonny Wilkinson (in 2005 against Argentina) and Stephen Jones (in 2009 against South Africa).  It also took Halfpenny past Neil Jenkins’s previous series record of 41 points for the Lions, the Welsh full-back finishing with 49.  The win was also vindication for Warren Gatland’s decision to drop the talismanic Brian O’Driscoll for this final match, a decision which brought him much vitriolic abuse in the preceding week.

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