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Brian O'Driscoll dropped for series decider against the Wallabies

Seriously couldn't have put it better myself.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Wallabies snatch second Test victory to level the Lions series

One thing a found particularly, well lets say 'interesting' during this game was that Parling, for all the stick he's getting for the non-functioning lineout, accurately worked out the opposition lineout and jumped at the right place for a steal on three or four occasions, but for the majority of these, there were no lifters in sight! They just let him jump it alone. I felt that if the lifters had been on his wavelength we could at the very least put alot more pressure on the opposition lineout or better yet, pinch a couple.

On a side note, concerning Croft, whilst you do sacrifice some work at the break down, there aint no other back rower that I can think of with his lineout prowess, maybe stick him in to sure that up a bit? Also, if Warburton is out, am I the only one that wants to see Croft - 6, O'Brien - 8 and Tipuric - 7 ? Justification being that playing a side selected for defensive prowess (as i believe Gats did) clearly doesn't win you games, this is the strongest attacking back row I can think of.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Wallabies snatch second Test victory to level the Lions series

I'd definitely give Tuilagi a run out, a player of his type (goes for Roberts too) was what was missing today, I believe the Aussie back line was broken once during the game and on some of the ball that Davies was being given you felt that someone with the power that Roberts and Tuilagi posses would have cleanly broken through, creating infinitely more try scoring opportunities. IMO the back line has to change for the third test for the Lions to stand a chance of winning. The centre partnership today looked shaky at best in my eyes.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Wallabies snatch second Test victory to level the Lions series

No penetration from the Lions back line. Tuilagi or Roberts are a must for me next week (maybe both?). One of the worst performances ive ever seen BOD put in. I also thought Vunipola was a poor choice, he started picking it up in the second half but was killing us in the first. Also, as much as I loved seeing Bowe back, he didnt look 100%, went in a bit half heartedly at the start, hopefully he's back to his best next week. I thought it was an overall good performance from the forwards but the backs were lacking, although loved seeing quick ball from Youngs much more than the sluggish throws Philips was chucking out last time round.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Lions make five changes, Wallabies receive fitness boost ahead of 2nd Test

The 'injury' thing all seems a bit suspect, it wasnt announced and documented like every other injury so far. My bet is that Phillips conveniently developed the injury when it was clear he wasnt gonna get the nod, you know, spare a bit of dignity and whatnot. I say Youngs is the right call

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Springboks beat Samoa to win the Quad Series as Habana reaches milestone

Dunno about anyone else but I feel like Samoa could have pulled something out of the bag if they weren't a man down for 30 mins, don't get me wrong I still think they'd have lost but I'd anticipate the margin being a lot less, this is one of the strongest Samoan sides i've ever seen, which is always good to see, holding their own against first rate teams.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Try and come off a pit more pretentious why don't you.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Just like to point out that Launchbury is in fact not a part of the lions squad, You mean Geoff Parling (another english lock) who for the record I didnt think played badly by any means, made all his tackles but didnt have an opportunity to show his skills (specifically lineouts). Apart from that i'd agree with your comments although i will add that i thought Adam Jones brought very little around the park (as per) and therefore it was only at scrum time that he outshone Cole.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

The British and Irish Lions win the first Test as Kurtley Beale misses late penalties

Corbisiero showed far more than Vunipola has at any stage (taking the class of their opponents into account), if anything Vunipola gave away the first penalty that Beale missed and is somewhat of a liability around the field. No doubt he has his talents, but doesnt have a tight enough game (at this point) for such a pressurised environment.

1 Year, 2 Months ago

Wallabies and British & Irish Lions teams named for first Test on Saturday

Equally I think as good as Faletau was playing, there were a few too many spillings of the ball etc. against easy opponents that kept him out of the side.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

 
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