Classic Lions Moment – Brian O’Driscoll’s try v Australia 2001
The great man is over there right now, and still scoring tries, but this effort from a dozen years ago remains an iconic Lions moment.
Brisbane was the scene of the first Lions Test v Australia on the 2001 Tour. At a packed Gabba, Lions fans outnumbered the home support and the visitors went on to record an emphatic 29-13 win.
The tourists ran in four tries that magic night in Queensland and while Jason Robinson’s opener was pretty good, the one that lives on in the memory is BOD’s.
Leading 12-3 at the break, O’Driscoll’s try helped put the Lions out of sight and killed the Test as a contest.
Following a great take from a restart and some tasty passing, scrambling and mauling, Bod received a pass from Jonny Wilkinson around halfway. The then 23-year-old centre still had a lot to do but a brilliant injection of pace, and a deft sidestep, left the defence, and especially poor old Nathan Grey, floundering.
In the end the Aussies would battle back and win the series 2-1 but now aged 34, BOD is once again prowling around Down Under in red, and with a few tries under his belt already, would you bet against him repeating this move on June 22 in Brisbane?
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