Jun 25, 2013
Saracens trio help Lions defeat Rebels
Owen Farrell starred for the British and Irish Lions in the tourists 35-0 victory over the Melbourne Rebels.
In front of a record crowd for the home side at Melbourne’s AAMI Park, Farrell (who teamed up with midfield partner Brad Barritt in the starting XV) produced an impressive display for 51 minutes, with the Saracens academy product showcasing a series of deft touches with ball in hand along with another imperious display from the kicking tee.
Farrell's midfield colleague Brad Barritt also impressed in his second Lions game, exhibiting his bravery and defensive intelligence in the inside centre channel whilst looking to release his England centre partner Manu Tuilagi when he saw the ball.
Barritt left the field for over five minutes for a blood injury as the first half drew to a close, but returned to the fray just before former Saracens fly-half, and referee for the Lions final midweek game Glen Jackson, blew for half-time.
In the second half Matt Stevens replaced Dan Cole to make his sixth appearance of the 2013 tour, and the Saracens' tight-head impressed with his willingness around the park carrying well and hitting numerous rucks in his 25 minute cameo.
In the closing stages of the game, Barritt produced a shuddering hit on his opposite number Rory Siday as the Lions held out to keep the Rebels scoreless in what was the Lions 100th win on Australian soil since their first tour in 1888.