Glasgow players star in emphatic Lions win

Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland played for the full 80 minutes and Ryan Grant came off the bench as the British & Irish Lions went into overdrive as they maintained their 100 per cent tour record at a canter in Newcastle, beating the part-timers of the Combined Country XV 64-0.

It was a miss match from the start and it only took eight minutes before the first try was run in by right wing Alex Cuthbert.

Where Cuthbert led, so fellow wing George North, twice, Conor Murray, Stuart Hogg and Richard Hibbard followed before the break as the Lions ran in six tries to lead 38-0. The only blemish on the visitors' record in the first-half were two misses at goal by Hogg.Stuart Hogg

The Glasgow star, filling in at outside half instead of his favoured full back berth, converted the first two tries to take the Lions' goalkicking record to 20 successive kicks on Australian soil, but then rattled an upright with his attempt at converting his own try in the 12th minute.

The Combined XV lasted longer at the start of the second half than they had in the first before conceding a try - 10 minutes compared to eight - and tackled hard. But as soon as skipper on the night Brian O'Driscoll had crossed for try number seven the floodgates were re-opened.

That score, wide out on the right, gave Halfpenny his first shot at goal and he lost his 100 per cent record on tour. After his 11 our of 11 showing in Perth everyone expected his kick to sail between the posts, but he proved he was human by pushing his first attempt of the night wide.

Not that that lasted for long. When he crossed for the next try after 55 minutes he was able to bring up the half century of points with fifth conversion of the night to resume normal service.

Gatland introduced six more replacements, including Ryan Grant who made his Lions debut after flying out to Australia on Friday from Scotland's training camp in South Africa. The scoreboard lay dormant for a full 11 minutes until Sean O'Brien ploughed over for a ninth try which Halfpenny converted.

There was another lull in the scoring before replacement centre Jonathan Davies put the seal on a good night's work with a try after the hooter, following good build-up play from Hogg and Maitland.