Lions win in Sydney

Lions 41, NSW Waratahs 24

Lions 41, NSW Waratahs 24

The Lions are "back on the winning track", according to Lions' centre Brian O'Driscoll after a bruising encounter against NSW Waratahs today in Sydney.

Leading comfortably at half-time thanks to tries by Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll and Jason Robinson (twice), the Lions seemed to be under relentless pressure in the second half.

Two tries by the home side propelled them back into contention but their cause wasn't helped when full-back Duncan McRae was sent off for punching Ronan O'Gara repeatedly on the floor.

The Irish international, who had come on as a substitute, needed eight stitches to his face in this ill-tempered game which also saw five players getting sinbinned.

Tries by Jonny Wilkinson and Dafyyd James stretched the tourists lead before Manuel Edmonds scored a late consolation try for Waratahs.

"It was a gruelling contest," admitted O'Driscoll, who added, that the game had been the most physical of the Lions' tour so far.

"We started back pedalling in the second half and let them into it straight away," O'Driscoll said.

But he added that the Lions had still scored a convincing victory.

Lions 41: Tries: O’Driscoll, Robinson 2, Wilkinson, James.

Cons: Wilkinson 4, Dawson.

Pens: Wilkinson 2

NSW Waratahs 24. Tries: Pinkerton, Cullimore, Harris, Edmonds.

Cons: Edmonds 2. .

Att: 40,128

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