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The British and Irish Lions secured their first series victory in 16 years after a resounding 41-16 win over Australia in Sydney ensured the tour ended 2-1 to the visitors.

Not since Jeremy Guscott's dramatic late drop goal against South Africa in 1997 had the Lions recorded a series win, and coach Warren Gatland's controversial decision to drop Brian O'Driscoll for the decisive Test against Australia has been more than vindicated.

Alex Corbisiero, not in the original touring party, went over in the first-half while three penalties from the trusty boot of Leigh Halfpenny ensured the Lions entered into the break with a 19-10 lead.

Three scores in 12 second period minutes from the Lions stunned the Wallabies, with Jonny Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts all cruising over the try line to post a record points total against Australia.

Halfpenny was named man-of-the-match for his 21 points, while a series total of 49 took him past the previous Lions benchmark set by compatriot Neil Jenkins.

The efforts of the Lions served to inspire some other British sports stars determined to themselves end the summer with victory over the Australians, as cricketers Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen both offered their congratulations.

Broad tweeted: "LIONS LEGENDS!! Well that's the first half of the summer ticked..."

Pietersen also took to Twitter to share his thoughts: "#allinfortheLions #boom."


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