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LIONS WATCH: Conor Murray in driving spot for No 9 shirt

You reckon the Lions will get that lucky?

I was feeling it would come down to how 'unplayed' the AB's are on the first test and then how merciful they decide to be on test 2+3....

3 Months, 1 Week ago

LIONS WATCH: Conor Murray in driving spot for No 9 shirt

Fair assessment, Lions tours are always an interesting experiment....

Also...I reckon the Lions fans would probably appreciate you forwarding that onto Gatland...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

LIONS WATCH: Conor Murray in driving spot for No 9 shirt

Oh, out of interest, what does everyone reckon about Sexton 10, Farrell 12?

I don't really know what to make of it, I mean I know England have had Ford 10, Farrell 12, but whilst I reckon it's a good attacking combination, I'm not sure whether it will stand a chance against the kiwis...well... with Sexton in rather than Ford....

Maybe Farrell is good enough in defence, but he's not a big unit like some of the other options around, so it strikes me as a strong attacking platform, but I'm not convinced the AB's are the sort of team that you can attack as comfortably as other teams. I almost have visions of american football whereby you'd bring on a 10-12 combo when attacking, but when defending you'd swap someone else in... I don't know who the kiwis will field in the midfield, but I can imagine that SBW may have a potential look in at 13, and he is a somewhat larger unit than Farrell, but I think it'd be foolish to assume that his 12 won't be any more than a typical All Black...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

LIONS WATCH: Conor Murray in driving spot for No 9 shirt

....Good work Murray, even managed to smash one of the best 15's in the game... *rolls eyes*

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Ma'a Nonu's huge work rate and punishing charge in Top 14 final

If O'Connor was knocked out cold "but would later re-enter the contest"... then it highlights some quite scary possibilities. One, players are still not being protected, or Two, O'Connor milked the shit out of it...

3 Months, 1 Week ago

Ma'a Nonu's huge work rate and punishing charge in Top 14 final

Bad day at the office for that Clermont #4 *covers eyes*

3 Months, 1 Week ago

British and Irish Lions outclassed as silky Blues inflict first tour defeat

I'm sort of wondering if the entirety of this tour is currently being made up of players who think they are individual superstars who are able to produce something from nothing, so they're "proving" that is the case...

I don't know as I missed the game, but I hear a lot of stories of people making odd individual choices. Apparently Hogg on the weekend was forcing things...

Perhaps someone can shed some light on this?

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

LIONS WATCH: Kyle Sinckler impresses despite disappointing tour opener

Not really sure what to make of the whole thing here... Sinckler did well at the scrums... but as an international standard prop competing against; as you said RD, players who are competing for contracts, is sort of...expected... but the yards and tackles stat is a good effort, especially when he's competing against his team mates for those figures.

As for the entire match, I don't think suggesting jet lag is much of a cop out, it's probably fair enough... new hemisphere, ground, contest, nerves etc, a lot of massively different factors weighing in on a team like the Lions, by contrast the provincial baabaas had already lost the match as soon as it was even suggested as a potential fixture, they also lost by a massive margin, so they had nothing to panic about, nothing to lose, go out there and enjoy yourselves and see if you can claim a Lions scalp... but if you don't then it's fine because we all expected you to get thrashed anyway....I guess they'll now be kicking themselves at getting so close!

Most important thing for them is that they got the win, which should at the least give them a bit of hope, however it seems like a lot of stepping up is needed and very quickly...

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Tom Wood banned for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to head stamp

Hmmm, one of the rare times he's got me OUT of trouble...

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago

Tom Wood banned for 6 weeks after pleading guilty to head stamp

Go to bed Hoot, you're drunk, you were right the first time....

3 Months, 2 Weeks ago