Third Test recap

Sky Sports brings you all the best of the action, reaction and opinion from the ANZ Stadium.

By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter @SkysportsTC.   Last Updated: 06/07/13 5:43pm

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The British and Irish Lions were celebrating a first series win in 16 years after their 41-16 success over Australia in Sydney.

In the wake of the record-breaking win at the ANZ Stadium, we bring you all the best of the action, reaction and opinion.

Lions roar to Sydney success

The British and Irish Lions claimed their first series win for 16 years with a record 41-16 victory over Australia in Sydney.

The Lions raced into a 19-3 lead thanks to Alex Corbisiero's second-minute try and the boot of Leigh Halfpenny, but then allowed the Wallabies to claw their way back to within three points early in the second half. However superbly-worked tries from Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts saw the Lions cut loose.

How the Lions rated

The British and Irish Lions cut loose to rack up a series-winning 41-16 victory over Australia in Sydney. Alex Corbisiero, Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts scored tries, while Leigh Halfpenny added 21 points with the boot.

The record victory means the Lions have won their first series since 1997 and have emulated the class of 1989 by beating Australia 2-1.

And following the rout at the ANZ Stadium, we assess how the tourists fared.

Gatland: It was a tough build-up

Lions head coach Warren Gatland admitted he had endured a tough few days ahead of clinching the series in Australia with an emphatic 41-16 win in Sydney. He said: "The last three or four days have been very, very hard. I had to make a tough decision on Thursday in leaving Brian out. You always doubt decisions but you have to make those hard calls sometimes. I've taken quite a bit of flak and I don't want to gloat or feel vindicated. It was about the boys today."

Jones - It is indescribable

Lions captain Alun-Wyn Jones was almost lost for words after the series-clinching 41-16 third Test victory over Australia in Sydney. Jones, who captained the side after Sam Warburton was injured and Brian O'Driscoll was dropped, said afterwards: "It's pretty indescribable. There was a lot said about selection in the week and big thanks to the fans for coming out. I think we proved that despite talk of selection, the northern hemisphere is doing well - especially with the fans we've got."

Warburton revels in series victory

Lions tour captain Sam Warburton credited the entirety of the squad after watching his men claim the series. Warburton said: "To our boys, a massive well done. We worked so hard for this. To all the fans who spent thousands and thousands of pounds to come half way across the world to come and watch us play, a huge thank-you - it's made our tour. It's been a squad effort from all 40 of the boys and the management. They are so many people involved in this - not just the players."

Horwill blames early errors

Australia captain James Horwill highlighted a poor start after surrendering the series against the British and Irish Lions with a 41-16 defeat at the ANZ Stadium. An emotional Horwill said: "We had too many errors early on and we gave them a head start. We started the second half like we wanted to start the first half. We let them get away with it and they were too good. You've got to give them credit - they played very well and were the better team tonight."

The lowdown

The Sky Sports panel were delighted as the British and Irish Lions created history with their 41-16 series-clinching victory over Australia in Sydney.

Sir Ian McGeechan said: "They will never forget tonight, they have done something and achieved something very special. They may not realise it until maybe six months down the line or understand the real impact of what they have done. Come Monday these people will go their separate ways but Australia 2013 will never be forgotten."

Australia 16 British and Irish Lions 41 - As it happened

Relive the British and Irish Lions' famous win over the Wallabies in Sydney with our commentary from the match. Click here for the game as it happened, or click here for the best of the images.

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