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Monday, June 26, 2017

LIONS WATCH: Dangerous Davies

Liam Williams has been praised by pundits following his performance at full back for the Lions during the opening test match of the series against the All Blacks. However, there were lots of encouraging individual performances – especially from outside centre.

Jonathan Davies challenged New Zealand in the opening Test with some exciting runs and support lines. The Welshman partnered up with England’s Ben Te’o in the centres which nullified New Zealand for the majority of the game.

Davies played a key role in the memorable try scored by Sean O’Brien in the first half and within 80 minutes, the 29-year-old made five line breaks and gained 85 metres. He also made three offloads which is more than any player on the pitch.

However, it wasn’t just his attacking flair which impressed on Saturday. The All Blacks centre partnership was tamed by Davies and Te’o.

Sonny Bill-Williams failed to make a single break and only two offloads, and between the attacking efforts of Williams, Ryan Crotty and Anton Lienert-Brown, they only managed to beat four defenders in total.

Davies has been rested against the Hurricanes on Tuesday and it wouldn’t be a surprise if his name has already been embroidered in the number 13 Test shirt for the second match in the series, next Saturday.


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