Waratahs fall to Lions

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Full-back Leigh Halfpenny scored 30 points as the British and Irish Lions romped to a record 47-17 over New South Wales in Sydney on Saturday evening.

Five tries – including a brace to Halfpenny, who also enjoyed another golden night with the boot – kept the Lions unbeaten in five matches this tour, and gave them their biggest win over the Waratahs in 125 years of visiting Australia.

Halfpenny’s haul was also the highest individual total against the Waratahs – surpassing Jonny Wilkinson’s 19 in 2001 – and was boosted by unblemished kicking statistics of four conversions and four penalties.

But the big win had some of the gloss taken off it with a knee injury which forced Welsh centre Jamie Roberts from the field in the final 10 minutes and appeared to put him in doubt for the start of the three-Test series.

– ABC