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banner Tuesday, 3 July, 2001, 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
Last-gasp Lions down ACT
Villain to hero: Dawson's transformation is complete
Villain to hero: Dawson's transformation is complete
ACT Brumbies 28-30 Lions

The Lions secured a last-ditch two-point victory over the Super 12 champions at Bruce Stadium, thanks to a superb performance from Austin Healey.

Despite going 19-3 down, an impressive second-half performance saw the Lions follow up their historic weekend victory over Australia with an equally important win over an exciting ACT side.

Five points down in the 10th minute of injury time, it was left to Healey to finish off a wonderful move to bring the Lions level.

Under-fire scrum-half Matt Dawson kicked the the conversion to hand victory to the Lions and put his recent controversies behind him.

  Match facts
Lions - Tries: Austin Healey 2, David Wallace. Conversions: Matt Dawson 3, Penalty goals: Dawson 3
ACT - Tries: Mark Bartholomeusz, Willie Gordon, Des Tuiavii Conversions: Travis Hall 2, Penalty goals: Hall 3
Referee: Peter Marshall (Aus)
Crowd: 20,000
After some scrappy play in the opening minutes, ACT drew first blood.

With just six minutes on the clock, full back Mark Bartholomeusz broke through a poor Ronan O'Gara tackle to grab the game's opening try.

It was a dismal start for the Lions, particularly after the glory of the weekend. And it got worse when Willie Gordon added a second minutes later.

Travis Hall slotted both conversions to give the home side a 14-0 lead.

With Dorian West unable to find his jumpers in the lineout, the Lions were unable to secure any possession.

In contrast, with plenty of ball ACT were being bossed superbly by ex-Tigers star and European Player of the Year Pat Howard in midfield.

Iain Balshaw was yellow-carded for a high tackle
Iain Balshaw was yellow-carded for a high tackle
It took the tourists 16 minutes to get onto the scoreboard, courtesy of Dawson, after ACT were penalised for offside in front of the posts.

But again it was ACT who looked the more likely to extend their lead and when Peter Ryan again found the Lions first-up defence wanting, Des Tuiavii dived over for Brumbies' third.

At 19-3 down, the Lions needed a quick score, and they looked like grabbing one, until Scott Murray dropped the ball with only the line in front of him.

Seconds later, David Wallace's break opened up the defence, but Mark Taylor failed to hold onto the ball for what again looked like a certain seven-pointer.

The tourists badly needed a score and, against the run of play, Healey provided the magic, intercepting a Howard pass to run in underneath the posts.

The kick was no problem for Dawson, but from the restart Hall then added a simply penalty to push ACT a further three points ahead before the break.

Lions hit back

After a poor first-half, Dawson started positively in the second period, making a snaking half-break to set up a quick try for Wallace, before adding the extras.

At last, the Lions began to look threatening, with Healey showing his pace down the right hand side.

Des Tuiavii breaks Martin Corry's tackle to dive over for ACT
Des Tuiavii breaks Martin Corry's tackle to dive over for ACT
Munster-bound ACT captain Jim Williams was replaced on 52 minutes as Dawson took his opportunity to bring the game to within two points.

But a high tackle from Iain Balshaw on Barthlomeusz then left the Lions one man down after the England full-back was yellow-carded.

The advantage did not last long, however, when Peter Ryan quickly followed Balshaw into the sin-bin for punching.

Travis added an easy penalty when the Lions attempted to run out from their own line - a move that was never on - to push ACT 25-20 ahead.

The final quarter was frantic, and although a fine Dawson penalty cut ACT's lead, Hall responded with five minutes left to restore his side's advantage.

But in an almighty last-gasp effort the Lions conjured up a superb try, rounding off 12 phases of play to allow Austin Healey to create the half-gap and weave his way over.

It was then left to Dawson to keep the momentum of the tour alive and kick the Lions to a famous, last minute victory.


Lions: Iain Balshaw; Ben Cohen, Mark Taylor, Scott Gibbs, Austin Healey; Ronan O'Gara, Matt Dawson; Martin Corry, Martyn Williams, David Wallace, Scott Murray, Jeremy Davidson; David Young (captain), Dorian West, Darren Morris.

Replacements: Jason Leonard, Gordon Bulloch, Martin Johnson, Malcolm O'Kelly, Neil Jenkins, Dafydd James, Tyrone Howe.

ACT Brumbies: Mark Bartholomeusz, Damien McInally, Graeme Bond, James Holbeck, Willie Gordon, Pat Howard, Travis Hall, Jim Williams (captain), Des Tuiavii, Daniel Vickerman, Peter Ryan, Justin Harrison, Matt Weaver, Adam Freier, Angus Scott.

Replacements: David Palavi, Damien Drew, David Pusey, Radike Samo, Matt Hemjak, Julian Huxley, Cameron Pither.

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