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Lions make it four from four

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The British & Irish Lions maintained their 100 per cent winning record with a comfortable 64-0 victory over the Combined Country XV on Tuesday.

The Lions score ten tries at the Hunter Stadium, Newcastle to make it four wins from four tour games against a team made up of players who were born in the rural regions of Queensland and New South Wales.

Dan Cole was the only Leicester Tigers player to feature in the game. Prop Cole made his third appearance of the tour, starting the game before being replaced by Matt Stevens after 51 minutes.

By that stage the Lions had already run in seven tries and led 43-0.

The tourists scored three tries in the opening 11 minutes through Alex Cuthbert, Conor Murray and Stuart Hogg. Hogg, playing at fly-half, landed two conversions and then added a third after George North combined with Sean Maitland for a length-of-the-field score.

Wales internationals Richard Hibbard and North added two more tries to send the Lions in 38-0 ahead at the break, before Brian O’Driscoll crossed for a seventh try nine minutes after the restart.

A flurry of replacements, as well as some handling errors and lineout issues, saw less fluency during the second period but the Lions still crossed for three more tries through Leigh Halfpenny, Sean O’Brien and Jonathan Davies right on full time.

The Lions return to action on Saturday against the New South Waratahs in Sydney (kick-off 10.40am BST).

Niall Morris made his second start for Emerging Ireland in their Tbilisi Cup campaign on Tuesday as the Irish took on South African President's XV. Morris played the full 80 minutes in Emerging Ireland's 19-8 defeat.