Warren Gatland’s men surged into a 19-3 lead after Alex Corbisiero scored a try and Leigh
Halfpenny added a conversion and four penalties in the first half.
However, on the stroke of half-time, James O’Connor touched down and Christian Leali’ifano converted to reduce the Lions lead to nine points at the interval.
The Australia fly-half kicked two further penalties to leave the Lions 19-16 ahead before tries from Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jamie Roberts sealed the win.
“It’s a pretty indescribable feeling. There was a lot of talk about selection in the week. I think we proved that despite all the talk the northern hemisphere is doing pretty well,” said Jones.
“We fronted up today and I think the scoreline reflected it and we represented the four countries with pride. We wanted to win the collisions and breakdowns. It was always going to come down to that today. They came back at us in the second half and we came back pretty well.”
Meanwhile, Australia captain James Horwill admitted the Lions’ dominance at the scrum was crucial to securing victory.
“Once again they executed the way they wanted and scored points. We let ourselves down in the scrum,” said Horwill.
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