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British & Irish Lions maul Combined Country XV

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The British & Irish Lions continued their impressive start to the tour of Australia with a 64-0 thrashing of Combined Country XV.

Warren Gatland’s side never took their foot off the pedal against a side made up of players from both New South Wales and Queensland, with a number of the Australian players quickly finding themselves out of their depth.

Alex Cuthbert, Conor Murray and Stuart Hogg made it 19-0 after just 11 minutes, with the Scottish fly-half converting the first two tries but missing the extras from his own score.

Wales winger George North then bagged a brace, with hooker Richard Hibbard’s 26th minute score sandwiched in between to give the Lions a 38-0 advantage at the break.

Brian O’Driscoll got the second-half show on the road with his 49th minute score, but Leigh Halfpenny missed his first kick of the tour with a failed conversion.

He made no mistake when adding the extras with his own try six minutes later, before Sean O’Brien powered over on 65 minutes to make the score 57-0.

Dale Ah Wang though he got the Combined Country on the board just moments later, but the TMO correctly ruled that the winger knocked-on before reaching the goal line. The grounding of the ball was also debateable, but irrelevant in the end.

O’Driscoll then had an effort chalked off by the TMO in the corner, but Jonathan Davis did add a gloss to the scoreline when he went over in the last minute following a clever kick from the veteran Irishman.

64-0 it finished following another Halfpenny conversion, and focus starts to turn towards the first test, which is just 11 days away. But, before that, the Lions face the NSW Waratahs and the ACT Brumbies.

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