Waratahs 17 - 47 British and Irish Lions

Match info: British & Irish Lions at

Date: 15/06/2013 KO: 10:40 Att: 45,000

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Waratahs

TriesCarter (14, 46)ConversionsMcKibbin (16, 47)PenaltiesMcKibbin (34)

17
vs
47

Lions

TriesSexton (6) Halfpenny (40, 44) Croft (55) Davies (72)ConversionsHalfpenny (7, 40, 45, 55) Farrell (73)PenaltiesHalfpenny (4, 19, 27, 52)

FT (ht: 10-23)

  • Last Updated: June 15 2013, 16:16 BST

Warren Gatland saluted his players for their "absolutely fantastic" discipline after the British and Lions warmed up for next week's first Test showdown against Australia with another crushing win.

Gatland proud of Lions

The Lions' 47-17 demolition of New South Wales Waratahs - helped by a 30-point haul from Leigh Halfpenny - made it five successive victories on tour.

They have scored 261 points and 33 tries on tour, and it is now all systems go to meet the Wallabies in Brisbane next Saturday.

Apart from posting five touchdowns, the Lions also found themselves the subject of some particularly close attention, especially half-backs Jonathan Sexton and Mike Phillips, who were effectively man-marked at times.

But the Lions kept their composure, and it would have been almost a perfect 80 minutes had centre Jamie Roberts not suffered a late leg injury that could make him doubtful for Brisbane.

"We got what we expected," Lions head coach Gatland said.

"The Waratahs talked about taking it to us physically. They tried to do that, and I thought our guys responded to that physicality. In the end, we were just too big and powerful.

"The big key in this game was keeping our discipline. It would have been easy enough for someone to be taken late, then lose their head and throw a punch, it to be picked up and then cited.

"I thought our discipline was absolutely fantastic. There were little shoulders and charges and guys being taken late and stuff. That's part of rugby, people try to unsettle you a little bit, and we've got to accept that.

"It is how you respond to that sort of niggle, and I thought our guys were brilliant at it. They were a credit to the Lions and wearing that jersey because there was some provocation out there.

"We felt there has been a little bit of off-the-ball stuff in the first couple of games, but we said we were not going to bitch and moan about it.

"We are not going to get involved in any accusations against the opposition. We want to go out there and play some hard, physical rugby."

Roberts departed the action 10 minutes from time, which meant the Lions ending with 14 men as Gatland had already used his full complement of substitutes.

"Even when we were down to 14 men, I thought we controlled the game without being under too much pressure," Gatland added.

"We will get Jamie scanned tomorrow. The medics thought it might have been a hamstring, but he said he has never pulled a hamstring before, so he is not kind of sure. It is fingers crossed it might not be that."

It was Roberts' midfield partner Jonathan Davies who really caught the eye, though, and Gatland said: "I thought Jonathan was fantastic.

"Given the quality of our midfield and the pressure he was under to respond, I thought it was one of the best games I've seen him play, and so did (lock) Alun-Wyn Jones. I thought both of them really stood up.

"It is quite nice to come in the changing room afterwards and someone like Brian O'Driscoll says 'man, how good was Jonathan Davies today?' I thought he was very, very good."

Gatland also had praise for Halfpenny, who finished just seven points short of equalling the all-time Lions individual record of 37 set by former England fly-half Alan Old against South West Districts during the 1974 South Africa tour

"Apart from Leigh's goal-kicking, some of his lines of running, his kicking out of hand, his positional play defensively, he is playing at the top of his game," Gatland added.

"But he is the ultimate professional. He prepares and does everything you would expect of him."

Gatland was also asked about cheating allegations levelled against the Lions by Australia's 1991 World Cup-winning coach Bob Dwyer in an Australian newspaper today.

But he said: "I think it is a sad indictment on the media world that they rolled out Bob Dwyer.

"I think he deserves more respect than that, for what he has achieved in the game, to be honest with you.

"To see the tirade of abuse that he has now been subjected to on websites and stuff, I find that sad. He doesn't deserve that for what he has achieved in the game."

Waratahs head coach and former Leinster boss Michael Cheika admitted the Lions had left an impression.

"I thought we got stuck right in, but where we got caught out was when we turned over the ball. Their class showed," he said.

"You have got to put heat on the nine and 10 at this level. That's the game. They are orchestrating the team, the direction, the plays, so you've got to keep them hopping."


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