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British & Irish Lions continue unbeaten tour

The Lions won 22-12 (©GettyImages)
The Lions won 22-12 (©GettyImages).

The British and Irish Lions extended their unbeaten start to their tour of Australia on Saturday as they defeated the Queensland Reds 22-12 in Brisbane.

A Ben Youngs try and the boot of Owen Farrell was enough to secure the win despite Luke Morahan and Nick Frisby tries for the hosts.

Despite the win, it wasn't all good news for the Lions as injuries to Manu Tuilagi and Tommy Bowe marred the result.

Farrell opened the scoring with a penalty in the 14th minute before the Reds hit back with Morahan's try, which was converted by Quade Cooper.

Another Farrell penalty brought the Lions within a point before they took the lead thanks to their only try of the match through Youngs.

The conversion made it 13-7 to the Lions and Farrell extended the lead by three points with another penalty with the last kick of the first half.

A fourth penalty for Farrell made it 19-7 before Frisby scored the Reds second try to trigger nerves in the Lions camp. Fortunately for them, replacement Mike Harris missed the conversion.

The Lions saw out the rest of the match with Farrell's fifth penalty securing the win in the most testing match of the tour so far.

There are now three more warm up games for the tourists before the first Test against Australia on June 22, and the next warm up game is on Tuesday against a combined New South Wales side.

Tommy Bowe's injury could be tour ending although there is hope for him after undergoing an operation to repair the broken bone in his hand that he suffered on Saturday. rish winger Simon Zebo has been called up as cover.

Elsewhere, James Horwill has been named as the Australian captain for the three Tests against the Lions.


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Owen Farrell
British & Irish Lions
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