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Last Updated: Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
New Zealand 21-3 Lions
MATCH SUMMARY
A dejected Jonny Wilkinson leaves the field
New Zealand (11) 21
Tries: Williams, Sivivatu
Con: Carter
Pens: Carter 3
Lions (0) 3
Pen: Wilkinson
The Lions suffered a heavy defeat in the first Test against New Zealand after losing captain Brian O'Driscoll to a tour-ending injury.

The Irishman was stretchered off after just one minute with a dislocated shoulder and the Lions never recovered.

All Black fly-half Daniel Carter kicked two penalties before Ali Williams crossed after a poor Lions line-out.

Sitiveni Sivivatu scored a stunning try after the break while the Lions could only add a Jonny Wilkinson penalty.

On an atrocious night in Christchurch, the Lions received a massive blow when O'Driscoll was carried off after receiving a heavy tackle from New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga.

And hopes of a Lions victory seemed to disappear with him down the Jade Stadium tunnel.

Despite losing their talisman, the Lions responded well for a brief period and New Zealand had defensive jitters when Martin Corry charged down a Justin Marshall clearance.

Former Lion Keith Wood
From shirts 1-15, the All Blacks got over the gain line at will and that was hard to stomach
Former Lion Keith Wood

But it was the last bit of joy for the Lions as the All Blacks went on to dominate every area of the game.

New Zealand's forwards won the battle up front, their defensive line came up quickly to prevent the Lions releasing their backs and the tourist's line-out fell apart.

The strike power of New Zealand was highlighted in the seventh minute when fly-half Daniel Carter broke through the Lions defence.

The Lions tried to cover but a penalty was given away and Carter kicked the first points of the game.

Soon afterwards, the Lions were forced onto the back foot again after Shane Byrne's line-out throw missed his jumpers.

We were very poor, this is a huge blow but we've got to take it on the chin
Lions forward Martin Corry

The red shirts desperately tried to hold their line and Paul O'Connell was sin-binned after taking out an All Black from an offside position to prevent the try and Carter increased the lead.

With a man down, the tourists were on the back foot and were not helped by some wayward kicking that either failed to give the Lions decent territory or went straight down the throats of New Zealand's dangerous back three.

Carter's kick to the corner almost played in flying wing Sivivatu but Jason Robinson and Josh Lewsey combined to keep him out.

Brian O'Driscoll screams in pain
Brian O'Driscoll is treated in the first minute for a dislocated shoulder

Lions hopes were then further dented on 18 minutes when blind-side flanker Richard Hill was forced to leave the field with Ryan Jones taking his place.

The All Blacks were able to attack again on 24 minutes when a cross-field kick to Lewsey, a tactic employed with success on the tour so far, was way off the mark.

New Zealand swept forward but Jones was on hand to bundle the impressive Leon MacDonald out of bounds.

However, Byrne's line-out throw went straight to All Black lock Ali Williams who had the easy job of bursting through for a soft try.

The first-half continued to be one-way traffic with New Zealand threatening at regular intervals.

The Lions, however, did get a chance to put some points on the board with three minutes to go in the first half, but Wilkinson's kick went wide.

The tight five deserve a huge amount of credit and that was the basis for the win
New Zealand head coach Graham Henry

With the rain and sleet sheeting down, the Lions knew they had to get off to a solid start in the second half but, just four minutes in, Carter added his third kick to make it 14-0.

Three minutes later, New Zealand showed they could cope with the conditions as they crossed again with a sparkling try.

Aaron Mauger broke the line and offloaded to Tana Umaga. The New Zealand captain fired a wonderful long pass out to Sivivatu, who stepped inside to finish superbly.

The score seemed to knock the stuffing out of the men in red and despite Wilkinson kicking a penalty on 56 minutes, they did not possess the guile out wide to threaten the try-line.

With conditions continuing to deteriorate and result not in doubt, the game lost its intensity and the Lions head for the second Test in Wellington with a lot of work to do.


New Zealand: MacDonald; Howlett, Umaga (captain), Mauger, Sivivatu; Carter, Marshall; Woodcock, Mealamu, Hayman; Jack, Williams; Collins, McCaw, So'oialo.
Replacements: Witcombe, Somerville, Gibbes, Lauaki, Kelleher, Muliaina, Gear.

Lions: Robinson; Lewsey, O'Driscoll (captain), Wilkinson, Thomas; Jones, Peel; Jenkins, Byrne, White, O'Connell, Kay; Hill, Back, Corry.
Replacements: Thompson, Rowntree, Grewcock, Jones, Dawson, Greenwood, Horgan

Referee: Joel Jutge (France)




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LIONS TOUR 2005

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VOTE RESULTS
What was the main reason for the Lions' whitewash in NZ?
All Blacks just too good
58%
Woodward's selections
30%
Injuries to key players
6%
Squad was too big
6%
97190 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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