The British Lions have won Australia’s Wallabies after a nail-biting first test match in Brisbane. According to reports, there were several crucial points within the match that altered the course of the game.
Although the whole match seems to have been a high intensity experience, it was the Wallabies replacement, Kurt Beale, who really sealed the deal and gave Britain and Ireland the victory.
Beale missed a penalty with the last kick of the game which resulted in the Wallabies having the potential win snatched away from them.
By half-time the British Lions led the way at 13 -12 thanks to a stunning try from George North, and the two penalties provided by Leigh Halfpenny. This helped the tourist team get past the tries that Australian wing debutant, Israel Folau, made.
Furthermore, Alex Cuthbert’s try early in the second half gave the Lions a more noticeable lead; however, it wasn’t long before James O’Connor and Beale kicked two penalties to give the Wallabies a new found hope that they could craw it back.
This display put the hosts within two points of the British and Irish team.
However, although there wasn’t much between the two teams, it was the unfortunate luck of Beale, who went wide for one penalty and slipped for the next (which was the last kick) which meant that the Wallabies lost out and saw the British Lions become the victors.
While the total of missed opportunities for the Wallabies was quite high, they can be happy in the knowledge that no unwanted attention disrupted the match, unlike the horde of kangaroos that invaded a golf course recently.
Even though the winners are no doubt feeling very relieved at their victory, they’re probably mindful that the last time they won the opening Test they lost the series 2 – 1. The recollection of those turn of events is no doubt making their resolve for their next match installment in Melbourne even stronger.
Although it is a case of waiting and seeing whether the British Lions can keep the wins coming, this match victory has undoubtedly bolstered their morale. It must make the British and Irish team feel good knowing that the Wallabies haven’t got behind them just yet, although they have in a visual sense thanks to Sportsbets lewd ad.
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