All Blacks win 3rd rugby Test

2005-07-09 11:22

Auckland - Captain Tana Umaga scored his 35th Test try with two minutes remaining in the first half on Saturday to lead New Zealand to a 38-19 win over the British and Irish Lions and a sweep of their three-test rugby union series.

Umaga's try - one of his two on the night - and New Zealand's subsequent conversion gave the All Blacks a 24-12 lead at the break. New Zealand, which won earlier tests in Christchurch and Wellington, was never seriously threatened in the second half.

It is the eighth time in the last nine New Zealand tours that a combined Lions side has lost to the All Blacks. The Lions were without their World Cup-winning flyhalf, Jonny Wilkinson, along with a number of other players lost during the monthlong tour.

The All Blacks were also hit with injuries ahead of the third test, including flyhalf Daniel Carter, who led New Zealand with 33 points in the second test. On Saturday, his replacement, Luke McAlister, converted all five New Zealand tries and kicked a penalty for 13 points. Lewis Moody scored the Lions' only try.


New Zealand 38 (Tana Umaga 2, Conrad Smith, Ali Williams, Rico Gear tries; Luke McAlister penalty, 5 conversions), British and Irish Lions 19 (Lewis Moody try; Stephen Jones 4 penalties, conversion).