From The Royal Gazette...It was a role reversal in the World Rugby Classic final as the Classic Lions stormed to a comfortable 22-5 victory over the All Blacks in a repeat of last year’s showpiece match on Saturday night.
Having been well beaten by the All Blacks 12 months ago, the Lions were in no mood to endure a similar outcome, making a blistering start through Stuart Moffat, the former Scotland wing, who scored after five minutes.
Somewhat against the run of play, the Lions then extended their lead when Barry James Davies powered his way over the line in the 28th minute and Gerri Sweeney converting to make it 12-0.
The All Blacks, who won last year’s final 17-3, forced their way back into the game early in the second half after Johnny Weston, the lively scrum half, scored between the posts in front of a packed house at the North Field, National Sports Centre.
But they were pegged back again when Gareth Bowen kicked a penalty on 45 minutes before Ollie Smith completed the rout by scoring his side’s third and final try in the last attack of the game.
“I’m really pleased for the boys because they’ve put a lot of work in this week, as well as a lot of drinking!”