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Queensland's Sean Hardman
"We had to defend a lot and that took it out of us"
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BBC Sport's Alistair Hignell
"The phoney war is now over"
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Lions coach Graham Henry
"A pretty pleasing performance, second-half"
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Lions centre Rob Henderson
"We knew the talent would probably bring us through"
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Lions hooker Gordon Bullock
"We have to see if we can keep it going now"
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banner Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 11:44 GMT 12:44 UK
Robinson's five-star Lions show
Martyn Williams attempts to find a way through the President's Xv defence
The Lions found it hard going in the first half
Queensland President's XV 6-83 Lions

The Lions have won their second match Down Under but they endured a stern examination at the hands of the Queensland President's XV in Townsville.

Jason Robinson finished with five tries, Rob Henderson scored the fourth hat-trick of the tour and Colin Charvis also crossed for a pair of tries.

But at half time there were only four points between the teams and the Lions had found it hard to build momentum against commited opponents.

  QP XV 6-83 Lions
Lions scorers
Tries: Jason Robinson (5), Rob Henderson (3), Colin Charvis (2), David Young, Penalty try & Malcolm O'Kelly
Cons: Neil Jenkins (5) & Matt Perry (4)

Lions landmarks
10 mins: Young cross in a forward's charge for the opening try.
26 mins: Shane Drahm puts his second penalty over to close the gap to four points.
Half-time: 6-10
41 mins: Charvis crosses for his second straight from the kick-off.
45 mins: Robinson scores his first try.
63 mins: Jenkins converts Henderson's second try to bring up 50 points.
65 mins: Robinson completes his hat-trick.
75 mins: Robinson scores his fifth try 30 minutes.
80 mins: Henderson completes his hat-trick.
Full-time: 6-83
And to add injury to insult Robin McBryde left the match with a thigh strain after only seven minutes - the second hooker forced to the sidelines following Phil Greening's injury earlier in the tour.

But after only 30 seconds of the second half the Lions made amends for their lacklustre opening 40 minutes and Charvis crashed over for his second try of the match.

It promised to provide the platform that the Lions needed to build on their structure and combinations and they duly delivered.

Robinson, with his first ever international start after swapping codes, crossed to finish off one of the better moves that the backs had been able to build minutes later and from then on the first half was but a distant memory.

Initially the backs had looked nervous with ball in hand and their play was littered with loose passes and wrong decisions.

It was left to the forwards to give the Lions an early lead and as they did in the opening match, two Welshmen gave Graham Henry's men a solid start.

David Young, captain for the day and a Lion through three decades, crashed over from a catch-and-drive on the left touchline after electing to go for touch instead of kicking at goal.

Neil Jenkins, who was uncharacteristically wayward with the boot throughout, missed the conversion before Charvis scored in the same corner.

But between the bullocking back row's brace of tries the Lions looked out-of-sorts and for passages of play prior to the break were playing second fiddle to the President's XV.

Shane Drahm scored a pair of penalties and but for some solid defence from Robinson and his fellow wing Dafydd James, the stand off could have added some conversions to his tally.

The wingers were strong in defence as well as looking hungry in attack and Will Greenwood, the only Lion to start both the opening games, was also on hand to save a certain try after half an hour.

Rob Henderson urges on Jason Robinson
Henderson and Robinson enjoyed the second half
But as the game went on the backs began to play their rugby at the other end of the pitch and Greenwood's centre partner, Henderson, grew into his surroundings and capped his Lions debut with a second half hat-trick.

The first was a typically barnstorming finish from close range and for his second Henderson followed up his own grubber to bring up 50 points.

Matt Dawson's blindside break from halfway set-up had earlier set up Robinson for a second try of his own before the Sale flyer finished off a length of the field move to bring up his hat-trick.

Austin Healey added an extra dimension at stand off when he replaced Jenkins and the scoreboard continued to tick over.

Malcolm O'Kelly rounded off 10 phases of play to cross under the posts before Robinson rounded off a second half scoring rout with two more before Henderson touched down on the stroke of the final whistle.


Lions:15-Matt Perry; 14-Dafydd James, 13-Will Greenwood, 12-Rob Henderson, 11-Jason Robinson; 10-Neil Jenkins, 9-Matt Dawson; 8-Martin Corry, 7-Martyn Williams, 6-Colin Charvis, 5-Scott Murray, 4-Jeremy Davidson; 3-David Young (captain), 2-Robin McBryde, 1-Tom Smith.

Replacements: 16-Austin Healey, 17-Mark Taylor, 18-Dan Luger, 19-Richard Hill, 20-Malcolm O'Kelly, 21-Jason Leonard, 22-Gordon Bulloch.

Queensland President's XV: 15-Nathan Williams; 14-David McCallum, 13-Junior Pelesasa, 12-Jason Ramsamy, 11-Scott Barton; 10-Shane Drahm, 9-Ben Wakely; 8-John Roe, 7-Tom McVerry, 6-Scott Fava, 5-Rudi Vedelago, 4-Mike Mitchell; 3-Fletcher Dyson, 2-Sean Hardman, 1-Rick Tyrrell.

Replacements: 16-Sean Barry, 17-Andrew Scotney, 18-Michael Tabrett, 19-David Duley, 20-Andrew Farley, 21-Simon Kerr, 22-Tim Tavalea.

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