Farrell kicks Lions to Crusaders triumph

Mako Vunipola (Getty)
Mako Vunipola (Getty)

Cape Town - The British & Irish Lions returned to winning ways when they beat the Crusaders in a bruising encounter in Christchurch on Saturday.

There were no tries in the match - an almost impossible thought given how dominant the Crusaders have been at home in Super Rugby this year - as the Lions ran out 12-3 winners. 

It is a result that will go a long way towards restoring confidence into this group of Lions players ahead of their three-Test series against the All Blacks, especially considering their loss to the Blues in midweek. 

The Lions scored their points through four Owen Farrell penalties while The Crusaders slotted one penalty through Richie Mo'unga. 

The half-time score was 9-3 in favour of the visitors.

Next up for the Lions is a clash against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday.

Scorers:

Crusaders 3 (3)

Penalty: Richie Mo'unga

British and Irish Lions 12 (9)

Penalties: Owen Farrell (4)

Teams:

Crusaders

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Seta Tamanivalu, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Quinten Strange, 20 Jed Brown, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Tim Bateman

British & Irish Lions

15 Stuart Hogg (Glasgow Warriors/SCO), 14 George North (Northampton/WAL), 13 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets/WAL), 12 Ben Te'o (Worcester/ENG), 11 Liam Williams (Scarlets/WAL), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens/ENG), 9 Conor Murray (Munster/IRE), 8 Taulupe Faletau (Bath/WAL), 7 Sean O'Brien (Leinster/IRE), 6 Peter O'Mahony (Munster/IRE), 5 George Kruis (Saracens/ENG), 4 Alun Wyn Jones (captain, Ospreys/WAL), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/IRE), 2 Jamie George (Saracens/ENG), 1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens/ENG)

Substitutes: 16 Ken Owens (Scarlets/WAL), 17 Jack McGrath (Leinster/IRE), 18 Dan Cole (Leicester/ENG), 19 Maro Itoje (Saracens/ENG), 20 CJ Stander (Munster/IRE), 21 Rhys Webb (Ospreys/WAL), 22 Johnny Sexton (Leinster/IRE), 23 Anthony Watson (Bath/ENG)

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