Slip, slidin ‘away. That is the gut-knotting moments to full-time when substitute fullback Kurtley Beale missed a 45m penalty goal attempt from in front would have stolen a titanic struggle from British and Irish Lions.
Beale is a picture of the misery of frozen British and Irish Lions players grabbed a 23-21 escape at Suncorp Staidum can prove that winning a titanic series.
Replacement fullback for Australia for the last 41 minutes never had a chance of repeating his dream in making kick Bloemfontein in 2010 when he was less South Africa bell because he slipped on a muddied track stud so many people from the Wallabies which was earned dubious penalty.
Life after the turmoil he was through with his alcohol-related Drama, it became the villain to hero high.
Super freak Israel Folau blasted a two-try debut volley that deserved far better than a numbing Wallabies loss from a goalkicking meltdown in a copper ground record of 52,499.
There is an Everest for the Wallabies to climb to get back in the series because dressing room last night as the Royal Brisbane Hospital emergency ward.
A terrific four-nine effort from the boot frittered away 14 potential points when James O’Connor (2 from 5) and Beale (2 from 4) was used after the first -choice goalkicker Christian Lealiifano was stretchered off after only 52 seconds from a thumping knock heads.
Lealiifano’s exit was followed by fullback Berrick Barnes (jaw), replacement center Pat McCabe (neck), winger Digby Ioane (shoulder, elbow) and center Adam Ashley-Cooper (shoulder) in a phenomenal number of collision. Substitute half Nick Phipps finished wing and side Michael Hooper was forced to play the last 33 minutes to the center.
“To put themselves in position to win in such trying circumstances was a brave performance stack up next to anything,” coach Robbie Deans said.
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“We still came second. We need to go to Melbourne (for the second Test Saturday) and win. Will have to be changes for the damage but I can assure you Israel will have a jersey.”
Captain James Horwill Beale sought out to console him after full-time, “KB did as well as he ever I told him do not worry about it … everyone on the team still love him .. ”
Lions Skipper Sam Warburton’s kick dreaded result: “This is one of the worst minutes of my life, when I thought it was going to go over, to be honest.”
It is the most remarkable show of pure guts and willpower from the Wallabies to get as close as they did.
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The new McCabe neck injury can trigger a reappraisal career after neck fracture he suffered in November last year.
He reeled out of the common man in distress just after half time and when he went down shortly after, the medicab is called good litter off the second Australian player for the night.
Fullback Berrick Barnes (jaw) reeled out an accidental head clash with Folau and have scanning.
Hooper moving within the center will be taken by the clinical Lions within 90 seconds when a scything Alex Cuthbert dashed over even his passing was made easier by Brian O’Driscoll obstructing James O ‘ Connor.
It was nerve from the Wallabies to peg the margin back to 20-18 and 23-21. Could become a drawn score if a brilliant 45m solo run from no replacement by fullback Beale was rewarded with a try rather than a penalty goal.
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The clamor and jet-engine volume Packed house turned silent 52 499 only 52 seconds Lealiifano Test when the situation was ended by a sickening head knock.
He was cold out from the instant his head hit the hip of the Lions faithful Jonathan Davies number crashes his tackle.
This is from a quick tap kangaroo standout Will Genia producing a golden escape after the Wallabies had resisted pressure phase 20 in their quarter.
He took off on a weaving run 50m, rival Mike Phillips turned inside out and when hemmed star showed his class. He was stabbed by some right-foot grubber taken by winger Folau charged over for a try with his first hit of the ball as a kangaroo.
The 7-3 start evaporated midway through the half when Lions powerhouse George North trumped Folau with spectacular 60m solo try with a kick bounced off a poor Barnes high ball.
Folau’s ability to step up to a whopping Test wing after just 14 Super Rugby match as a fullback was questioned by the Lions defense coach Andy Farrell.
He should be asking his defenders rather when “Wow Folau” struck the closing minutes of the first half.
The side-to-side play the Wallabies opened a hint of room when backrower Ben Mowen delivered the final pass Point. Folau still had the red sea lead him but he stepped Jonny Sexton, brutally palmed Prop Alex Corbisiero and dashed to try No.2. Brilliant.
Lion 23 (A Cuthbert, G North trying: L Halfpenny 2 cons, 3 pen) bt Australia 21 (I Folau 2 try: J O’Connor contrary; 2 K Beale, O’Connor Pens) on Suncorp Stadium. Crowd: 52,499.