Lions run riot in Perth

Brian O'Driscoll (Gallo Images)
Brian O'Driscoll (Gallo Images)
Perth - The British and Irish Lions have started their Australian tour with a bang after crushing the Force 69-17 on Wednesday.

The Lions, who led 27-3 at half-time, ran in nine tries with Ireland centre and match-day captain Brian O'Driscoll scoring a brace.

Fullback Leigh Halfpenny was flawless from the kicking tee, converting all nine tries and two penalties for a personal haul of 24 points.

Sport24's match commentary in the Force v Lions game


The Lions' next match is against the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday (kick-off 11:30 SA time).

Scorers:

Force:

Tries: Richard Brown, Locky McCaffrey

Conversions: Brett Sheehan (2)

Penalty: Sheehan

British and Irish Lions:

Tries: Jonathan Sexton, Brian O'Driscoll (2), Tom Croft, Jamie Heaslip, Mako Vunipola, Tommy Bowe, Owen Farrell,  Geoff Parling

Conversions:  Leigh Halfpenny (9)

Penalties: Halfpenny (2)

Teams:

Force:

15 Sam Christie, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Ed Stubbs, 12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 11 Corey Brown, 10 Sam Norton-Knight, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Phoenix Battye, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 James Hilterbrand, 1 Salesi Manu

Substitutes: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Sione Kolo, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Alby Mathewson, 22 Nick Haining, 23 Junior Rasolea

British & Irish Lions

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Tommy Bowe, 13 Brian O'Driscoll (captain), 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 George North, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Sean O'Brien, 6 Tom Croft, 5 Ian Evans, 4 Alun-Wyn Jones, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Rory Best, 1 Cian Healy

Substitutes: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18, matt Stevens, 19 Geoff Parling, 20 Toby Faletau, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Sean Maitland


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