Lions 2013: Hungry Brumbies Inflict Lions’ First Defeat

by Paul Cook in Canberra - The British & Irish Lions unbeaten tour has come to an end with a numbing 14-12 loss in every sense to a combative and hungry Brumbies outfit at a chilly Canberra Stadium. While the temperature at ground level didn’t quite descend to the predicted depths of -1oC, the frost in the newly acquainted Lions backline was evident in spades out on the pitch as a team that only came together in the last few days, roundly played like a team that only came together in the last few days, outfought and outthought by a home side that executed a simple game plan effectively and showed the greater desire for victory. It is the first loss for the Lions to a provincial side since a defeat at the hands of Northern Transvaal back in 1997 and having cut an impressive swathe through their previous
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