'Tahs-Lions recap

The British and Irish Lions remain unbeaten on their 2013 tour following a five-try demolition of the Waratahs.

Last Updated: 15/06/13 at 14:38 Post Comment

Sam Warburton leads out the Lions

Sam Warburton leads out the Lions

Following the 47-17 victory at the Allianz Stadium, we bring you all the best of the action, reaction and opinion.

Perfect prep for rampant Lions

The British and Irish Lions continued their build-up for next week's first Test with an emphatic 47-17 victory over the Waratahs. This was a competitive and hard-fought game but ultimately the Lions had too much power up front and class with ball-in-hand for the 'Tahs. Leigh Halfpenny was again outstanding for the Lions, scoring two of the five tries and faultless with the boot in kicking all his eight goals, although there are still some defensive issues to be ironed out ahead of next Saturday.

How the Lions rated

The British and Irish Lions made it five wins from five on their 2013 tour with a 47-17 win over the Waratahs in Sydney. Leigh Halfpenny (2), Jonathan Sexton, Jonathan Davies and Tom Croft all crossed for tries against the Super Rugby outfit. The in-form Halfpenny also added a further 20 points from the boot to finish with a record points haul, while Owen Farrell tagged on a late conversion. After the victory at the Allianz Stadium, we assess how the tourists fared in their latest build up towards the three-Test series.

Gatland has concerns over Roberts

Head coach Warren Gatland claimed the with the British and Irish Lions' performance against the Waratahs was "out of the top drawer" but he was left concerned over the fitness of centre Jamie Roberts. Gatland told Sky Sports: "It looks like he has torn a bit of a hamstring but I am not 100% sure. I'll check with the medics about that. Hopefully it is not that bad. We have had a couple already so we will have to wait and see when I get in the changing rooms and talk to the medics."

Warburton satisfied with win

Skipper Sam Warburton paid tribute to his British and Irish Lions side as they held off the battling Waratahs to win in Sydney. "The Waratahs were really tough and I don't think the score reflected the way they played, but we definitely stepped up and I knew we had to," Warburton told Sky Sports. "I thought the forwards did a great job and the backs were very clinical so I'm very pleased with the performance. From watching the Waratahs we knew they were very similar to us and very direct."

Ruthless Lions delight lock

British and Irish Lions lock Alun-Wyn Jones was pleased with the way the tourists maximised their chances in their 47-17 victory over the New South Wales Waratahs in Sydney. The Lions scored five tries as they put in their best performance on tour. "It was a case of go out and use the ball wisely," Jones told Sky Sports News.. "We knew chances would be few and far between tonight. When we got chances we tried to make the most of them, especially after the first 20 or 30 minutes."

Lineout work pleases Croft

Lions flanker Tom Croft was pleased with the way the lineout worked and admitted the forwards have been given some freedom to express themselves. "We have new guys together with different systems and it takes a few weeks to settle down," said Croft. "We've worked hard in raining and worked hard tonight. We've got some great guys in charge of the lineout, Paul O'Connell and Geoff Parling, and it functioned well tonight. We got some good go forward ball for the backs to go off."

The lowdown

The Sky Sports panel give their verdict on the 47-17 victory over the Waratahs in Sydney. Sky Sports expert Paul Wallace said: "One area I was really impressed with was the tight play, the maul in particular; I thought they moulded very tightly, very cohesively. They'll need that in the Test matches. The lineout was very good as well. They lost one that went to the back but most of the ball went to the front - so it was quite hard to judge on that - but the game-plan will need ball off the tail."

Waratahs 17 British and Irish Lions 47 - As it happened

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