Wallabies embarrassed; knives out for Deans

13:34, Jul 06 2013
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Ireland lock Paul O'Connell, who led the Lions to South Africa in 2009, feels the Hong Kong heat as the touring side take on the Barbarians.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Takudzwa Ngwenya of the Barbarians is tackled by the Lions' Welsh duo of Jamie Roberts and Adam Jones, right.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Wales halfback Mike Phillips dives over to score for the Lions against the Barbarians.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Ireland and Lions first-five Johnny Sexton lines up a shot at goal against the Barbarians.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
British and Irish fans are in fine voice as the Lions arrive in Perth to take on Super Rugby side, the Western Force.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
England and Lions centre Manu Tuilagi takes a run at the Western Force defence.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Irish wing Tommy Bowe shows why he was selected to tour despite missing the Six Nations for Ireland with injury.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Celtic cousins: An Irish fan and a Welsh fan unite to support the Lions.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Lions tour captain Sam Warburton takes in the atmosphere in Perth. He is yet to start a game because of injury.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Irish legend Brian O'Driscoll leads out the Lions to face the Western Force.
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Lions and England prop Mako Vunipola charges at the Force defence.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Not many Scots featured for the Lions against the Force but there was plenty Scottish spirit on display in the stands.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Powerful Irish flanker Sean O'Brien tries to use some fancy footwork to get the ball past the Force's Corey Brown.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Wales fullback Leigh Halfpenny landed 100 per cent of his attempts at goal for the Lions against the Force.
British and Irish Lions Tour 2013
Lions coach Warren Gatland looks very pleased after his side comfortably beats the Western Force in Perth.
Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell
Ben Youngs (left) is congratulated by Owen Farrell after his second half try against Queensland.
Tommy Bowe
Tommy Bowe, with his right arm in a sling, is consoled by Richard Hibbard.
Richie Gray
Richie Gray reaches back to pull down a lineout throw.
George North
Lions wing George North fends off a Queensland Reds player.
Owen Farrell
Lions first-five Owen Farrell takes a penalty kick at goal.
Ben Tapuai
Queensland's Ben Tapuai is tackled high by a Lions player.
Sam Warburton
Sam Warburton leads the Lions out onto Suncorp Stadium in his debut match.
Sean O'Brien
Lions forward Sean O'Brien dives over to score in the corner, one of 10 tries in the 64-0 rout.
Sean Maitland
Sean Maitland skips away from the tackle of a Country Combined defender.
Brian O'Driscoll
Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll is upended in a tackle in Newcastle.
Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll slides over to score against Country Combined.
Toby Faletau
Lions No 8 Toby Faletau prepares to pack down into the scrum.
Lions fans
Three Lion-hooded fans watch the tourists rout Combined Country in Newcastle.
Lions v Waratahs
Jamie Heaslip of the Lions charges upfield during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Lions v Waratahs
Rob Kearney of the Lions breaks with the ball during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Lions v Waratahs
Jamie Roberts of the Lions is tackled by John Ulugia during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Lions v Waratahs
Simon Zebo of the Lions is tackled by Bernard Foley (L) and John Ulugia during the match between the NSW Waratahs and the British & Irish Lions.
Lions vs Brumbies
British & Irish Lions wing Christian Wade leaps for a high-ball against the Brumbies' Ian Prior during their tour match at Canberra Stadium.
ACT Brumbies
ACT Brumbies players celebrate their 14-12 victory over the British & Irish Lions.
Rory Best
Match captain Rory Best lead the dejected British & Irish Lions off the field.
Shane Williams
Lions wing Shane Williams tries to escape the grasp of Henry Speight.
Clyde Rathbone
Brumbies wing Clyde Rathbone is hit by Christian Wade (left) and Rob Kearney.
Billy Twelvetrees
Lions centre Billy Twelvetrees is lifted off his feet in the tackle by Matt Toomua.
Jamie Heaslip and Alex Cuthbert
Jamie Heaslip (left) celebrates after Alex Cuthbert (centre) scored to give the British & Irish Lions the lead.
George North
George North punches the ball in celebration after scoring in the first half for the Lions.
George North
Israel Folau denies George North a try in the corner.
Lions win first test
Lions players celebrate at the final whistle of the first test in Brisbane.
Lions win first test
The victorious Lions walk up the players' tunnel to the applause of the fans.
Kurtley Beale
Kurtley Beale slips as he attempts to kick a potential match-winning penalty.
Jonathan Davies and Kurtley Beale
Jonathan Davies (right) gets up-ended as he collides in the air with Kurtley Beale.
Israel Folau
Israel Folau dives over to score one of his two tries in the first half.
Christian Lealiifano
Christian Lealiifano is stretchered off in the opening minutes of the first test.
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A trio of Irish Lions fans at Suncorp Stadium.
Lions fans
A fired-up Lions fan celebrates the first test victory.
Will Genia
Wallabies halfback Will Genia is hit by Jamie Heaslip as he attempts to kick.
Sean Maitland
Kiwi-born Scottish international Sean Maitland goes over for one of the British & Irish Lions five tries in their 35-0 rout of the Melbourne Rebels.
Manu Tuilagi
Lions centre Manu Tuilagi skips out of the grasp of the Melbourne Rebels' Jason Woodward.
Simon Zebo
Simon Zebo finds space against the Melbourne Rebels.
Rob Sidey and Brad Barritt
Melbourne's Rob Sidey is tackled off his feet by Brad Barritt.
Lions fans
Five Lions fans spell out their support in Melbourne.
Cooper Vuna and Stuart Hogg
Melbourne's Cooper Vuna collides with Stuart Hogg going up for a high-ball.
Adam Ashley-Cooper
Wallabies fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper celebrates his match-winning try late in the second test.
George North and Israel Folau
Lions wing George North lifts Israel Folau off the ground in the tackle.
Leigh Halfpenny
Leigh Halfpenny successfully kicks a penalty in the second half.
Leigh Halfpenny
Leigh Halfpenny is consoled by Jonathan Sexton (left) and Sean Maitland after his extra-time penalty to win fell short.
Wallabies celebrate
Wallabies players James Horwill and Benn Robinson celebrate as Leigh Halfpenny's kick misses.
Sam Warburton
Lions captain Sam Warburton is helped from the field during the second test.
Mako Vunipola
Lions prop Mako Vunipola charges through the Wallabies' defence.
Mako Vunipola
Mako Vunipola wipes his face during a break in play.
Alun Wyn Jones
Alun Wyn Jones receives some treatment on his legs.
George North
Lions wing George North evades two Wallabies players.
Lions fans
Lions fans at Etihad Stadium before the second test.
Lions fans
Lions fans at Etihad Stadium before the second test.
Jonathan Sexton, Jamie Roberts, Conor Murray
Jamie Roberts (centre) and Conor Murray congratulate Jonathan Sexton on his second half try.
Alex Corbisiero
Lions prop Alex Corbisiero squeezes over for the first try of the deciding test.
Lions celebrate
Lions players and staff celebrate their third test and series victory in Sydney.
Lions celebrate
Lions and Wallabies players show contrasting emotions at the final whistle.
Jamie Roberts
Centre Jamie Roberts dives over for a second half try that sealed the Lions' victory.
James O'Connor
Justin Tipuric is fended off by Wallabies first-five James O'Connor.
Dan Lydiate
Lions lock Dan Lydiate rises high to take the ball from a lineout.
Jamie Roberts
Centre Jamie Roberts sprints away from the chasing Wallabies defence.
Jonathan Sexton
Jonathan Sexton celebrates the series victory with Lions fans in the stands.
Brian O'Driscoll
Brian O'Driscoll, dropped for the third test, celebrates the team's victory.
Lions fans
Lions fans pay tribute to former captain Brian O'Driscoll.
Lions celebrate
Injured captain Sam Warburton holds the series trophy after victory at ANZ Stadium.

The British and Irish Lions embarrassed a shellshocked Wallabies 41-16 at a packed-out ANZ Stadium on Saturday night to celebrate a drought-breaking first series success in style.

After waiting 16 long years, singing and chanting Lions fans were absolutely jubilant in what was a death knell for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

With intense speculation already swirling before the third Test that Deans' tenure was coming to an imminent end, the record four-tries-to-one defeat is sure to have forced Deans' end.

It wasn't just the scoreline but the manner of the loss, in front of a reconfigured ground crowd record of 83,702, which was damning for Australia.

The dominant Lions forwards set the platform for the hiding by chewing up and spitting out the Wallabies pack in a one-sided first half.

A scrummaging onslaught, led by English prop Alex Corbisiero, who wasn't even included in the original tour party, set the tone for the match.

The Wallabies endured a nightmare start which had the tourists leading 10-0 after seven minutes after Will Genia dropped the kick off and Corbisiero scored a minute later.

The first-half disaster continued with star winger Israel Folau tearing his hamstring in the 26th minute just after man-of-the-match Leigh Halfpenny kicked his fourth penalty goal for a 19-3 lead.

Halfpenny, who also set up two second-half tries to seal the win, finished with a record personal tally of 21 points.

The Welsh fullback also racked up a record series haul of 49 to be named player of the series.

The tourists' devastating scrum dominance netted them three of their four early penalty goals and led to prop Ben Alexander being sin-binned for repeated infringements.

Thirteen points five minutes either side of halftime, highlighted by a jinking James O'Connor try just before the break, revived the Wallabies as they closed to 19-16 down.

But another scrum penalty, showing that inconsistency in the set piece is still a major Achilles heel for Australia, turned the tide back the tourists' way.

Lions coach Warren Gatland's controversial call to dump Irish great Brian O'Driscoll and stick with Jonathan Davies in the midfield paid off handsomely when the Welshman sparked a try to Jonny Sexton to put the Lions 13 points clear midway through the second half.

Halfpenny linked beautifully with Davies to send Sexton over, and then also set up the match-sealing try to another Welsh teammate, George North, five minutes later.

Centre Jamie Roberts then added insult to injury with a fourth try 11 minutes from time by splitting the backline defence for their highest score against Australia.

"We had too many errors early on and we gave them a head start ... and they were too good," said Wallabies skipper James Horwill.

The knives quickly came out for Deans in the Twittersphere with dual international Lote Tuqiri, whose Wallabies career ended under the New Zealander, posting "see ya Robbie" in the midst of the Lions three-try blitz in the second half.

Deans lamented a "horrific start" and a poor scrum display.

"They used their set piece with great advantage and then fed off it," he said.

"It worked for them, they were turning the scoreboard over and you saw the rest.

"We gave them a leg-up which really allowed them to thrive."

Horwill said the loss was incredibly disappointing, especially starting "opposite" to the way they had intended.

The second-rower said his pack failed to recover from the first scrum in the first minute.

"We got penalised early and then got a bit gun shy," he said.

"We sat on the back foot and allowed them to dictate terms."

With the ARU sounding out the Brumbies and Queensland to potentially release coaching candidates Jake White and Ewen McKenzie, respectively, Deans acknowledged his coaching future was out of his hands.

"Those decisions will be made by others," he said.

"You don't presume anything in this industry and that decision is made by others, and who knows?"

Horwill said he was devastated but still stood by Deans.

"Robbie's the coach, he's contracted and he's the coach," he said. "He's a great coach (but) now's not the time, five minutes after a game, to talk about coaching positions."

Robbie Deans and Joe Tomane
UNLIKELY FUTURE: Under-fire Wallabies coach Robbie Deans talks to Joe Tomane following the 41-16 loss.

Gatland said he couldn't be prouder of his men after they responded to his call to empty the tanks in the finale.

"We spoke about being prepared to go to a place that not many players go to in terms of being able to push your body to the limit," he said.

"The players did that. They ran themselves into the ground.

"They deserve a lot of credit those players."

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