Wallabies v Lions: James Horwill Cleared For Final Test
July 02, 2013
Australia have been boosted by the news that captain James Horwill is free to play against the British and Irish Lions in the third test at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
Horwill had been cited for allegedly stamping on Lions’ Alun Wyn Jones’s head in the first test, but was initially cleared of any wrong-doing and led Wallabies to a 16-15 victory in the second test to level the series. But criticism of the original decision led to a review of the case on Monday which concluded that the lock forward was indeed not guilty of any violent conduct.
Horwill is free to lead his country again in the series decider, but one player who will not be taking to the field at ANZ Stadium at 8pm is Lions captain Sam Warburton. The 24-year-old tore his hamstring in Wallabies second test win and his absence will surely put Lions at a huge disadvantage in the must win third test.
Both tests between Australia and Lions have been fiercely contested and kicking has been the deciding factor. Kurtley Beale slipped when attempting a match winning kick for Wallabies in the dying moments of the first test and Leigh Halfpenny returned the favour by missing for the Lions at the death in game 2.
The sides are closely matched and it’s come down to a deciding game at Sydney where the home crowd could give Wallabies the edge over their travelling opponents.
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