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The British and Irish Lions beat Australia Wallabies 41-16

By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com   |   July 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM   |   Comments

July 6 (UPI) -- The British and Irish Lions rugby team won its first test series in 16 years Saturday in a 41-16 thumping of the Australia Wallabies in Sydney.

The series started off 1-1 after the first two opening tests, but the Lions held the lead for the rest of the game after that, CNN reported.

"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.

The Lions held a 19-3 lead at halftime, but two penalties from Christian Lealiifano early in the second half narrowed their lead to three points.

"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," Wyn-Jones said.

It was an outstanding performance. We started well, came under some pressure and bounced back," coach Warren Gatland added.

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