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Following on from our exclusive photography at the first Test last Saturday, this week we turned our attentions to the final midweek outing for the Lions against the Melbourne Rebels.
Melbourne is famed as a sporting city and proudly plays host to the Australia Tennis Open, F1, the Ashes, Aussie Rules, rugby league and union as well as countless other sports. This truly is the home of sport in Australia so the Lions players and fans will certainly be treated well by the locals – outside of the Test matches that is.
A 35-0 victory will have pleased the crowd, players and coaching team as it is rare you experience a shut out and especially away from home. In front of only 28,000 fans, this may not have had the intensity and atmosphere of the Test matches but it still meant a great deal to all the proud men in red who stepped onto the field.
With many of the Lions players potentially taking to the field for the final time on their Tour, they can look back on a series of midweek encounters which only saw one blemish at the hands of the ACT Brumbies. Having won five out of six matches against provincial sides, this final encounter was the last chance for players to seize the opportunity for a Test spot ahead of the second Test against Australia on Saturday.
So with the midweek action all done and dusted, it’s lights out as we reach the business end of the Tour. Two Test matches to go and the scent of victory is getting stronger for the Lions. A win on Saturday and the Test Series is clinched, a loss and it’s all to play for come the third Test in Sydney the following week.
Many fans will be feeling a sense of deja-vu as the British & Irish Lions were in an identical situation twelve years ago so and Australia came from behind to clinch the Series. Come Saturday afternoon, or late at night for those Down Under, there will either be a red party taking over Melbourne or coaches working overtime.
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