Lions 2013: Midweek Lions Too Strong For Rebels

by Paul Cook in Melbourne - They were gallant but the Melbourne Rebels ultimately didn’t have the quality to worry a dominant British & Irish Lions, who could still afford some periods of forgettable play to run out comfortable 35-0 winners at AAMI Park and maintain their winning momentum going into the second test. With Owen Farrell orchestrating proceedings from flyhalf and the workhorse duo of Sean O’Brien and captain Dan Lydiate doing the hard yards at the breakdown, the Lions ascendancy was assured after they’d weathered an initial barrage from the home side and a 14-0 half-time lead was about the right reflection given the weight of territory and possession. It didn’t get much better after the break for the Rebels as the Lions turned the screw when they needed to and plundered three more five pointers to complete a comprehensive v
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