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Christian Leali'ifano uses win over Lions to inspire Australia

Published 14/06/2016

Michael Cheika will be looking for Australia to bounce back in the second Test against England
Michael Cheika will be looking for Australia to bounce back in the second Test against England

Australia centre Christian Leali'ifano will evoke the memory of the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to inspire the Wallabies in their attempt to rescue their Test series against England.

Michael Cheika's men trail 1-0 and must topple the Grand Slam champions at AAMI Park on Saturday if they are to set up a decider in Sydney.

England have highlighted the fact Australia have never lost the second Test of a series and it was Leali'ifano who offered that salvation in the Lions series three years ago when he kicked the match-winning conversion from close to the touchline - in Melbourne.

"I didn't have too many memories of the first game, after being knocked out in the first 40 seconds or so, but we bounced back in a massive way in Melbourne," he said.

"It was a tight contest, but to get the result and send it into a decider in the last game was great. It's what you want - you don't want a dead rubber going into the last game.

"It's been replayed a bit and replayed in my mind a bit as well! Hopefully it won't come down to that, for either team.

'Those memories are still very fond. That was a special time in my life, the Lions series. I'm super grateful that I was part of that.

"Fighting back is the Wallaby psyche, the Wallaby attitude - to never give up and always look to fight back. When you are down in the dumps it gives you extra motivation."

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