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Lions roar to historic win over Wallabies

updated 9:42 AM EDT, Sat July 6, 2013
The British and Irish Lions celebrate after sealing a 2-1 series win over Australia in Sydney.
The British and Irish Lions celebrate after sealing a 2-1 series win over Australia in Sydney.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • British and Irish Lions defeat hosts by record margin in deciding test in Sydney
  • Four tries and 21 points from the boot of Lee Halfpenny secure first series win in 16 years
  • Coach Warren Gatland says Lions produced "an outstanding performance"

(CNN) -- The British and Irish Lions secured a first test series win in 16 years in resounding fashion on Saturday defeating Australia 41-16 in the third test match at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney.

With a tense series tied at 1-1 after the opening two tests, it was the Lions who broke free in the deciding game, taking an early advantage and never looking back.

Read: Wallabies level series

A second-minute try from loose-head prop Alex Corbisiero set the tone for a rampaging Lions performance, who scored four tries and trounce their hosts by a record margin.

"We fronted up today and I think the scoreline reflected it and we represented the four countries with pride," Lions skipper Alun Wyn-Jones said after the match.

We fronted up today and I think the scoreline reflected it and we represented the four countries with pride
Alun Wyn-Jones

"We wanted to win the collisions and breakdowns. It was always going to come down to that today. They came back at us in the second half and we came back pretty well."

Corbisiero's opening try was converted by Lee Halfpenny who also bagged four first-half penalties to give the Lions a healthy 19-3 lead moments before the halftime whistle.

James O'Connor's converted try on the stroke of halftime reduced Australia's deficit to nine points and two penalties from Christian Lealiifano early in the second half narrowed the Lions' lead to just three points.

Read: British Lions hold on for nail-biting first Test win

But Halfpenny stepped up in the 51st minute to ease Lions' supporters nerves which were soon forgotten when Irish fly-half Jonathan Sexton scored a second try for the tourists six minutes later.

Welsh winger George North all but sealed victory with a try in the 64th minute but the Lions weren't finished with Jamie Roberts storming through to score a fourth try and cap a thrilling win.

Lions coach, Warren Gatland admitted afterwards that he'd agonized over selection before the match, notably leaving out veteran Irish center Brian O'Driscoll.

"You always doubt decisions you make, but you have to make those hard calls. I have taken a bit of flack. It was about the boys today and winning the series. It was an outstanding performance. We started well, came under some pressure and bounced back."

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