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Brian O'Driscoll dropped for series decider against the Wallabies

When I read this:
"Instead, a midfield change has meant he's not even in the starting XV, and Alun Wyn Jones will skipper the side."
I thought, tough call, but at least he's on the bench.

He's not even on the bench?

Surely Roberts and BOD was the logical midfield combo?

And 10 Welsh in the starting XV. Well, that's that then.

1 Year, 3 Months ago

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

@drg : i know feeds are crooked there days in general, but in Oz its been taken to a new level. The mid week match was when I noticed it especially: the ball actually went to the feet of the #8 at times! Incredible. This explains the faster scrums in the SH- its just ball recycling, and a step towards League. (likewise with the brekadown rules).

Lions need to start doing the same sort of back row scrum feeding.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

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

Most has been said above re philips and the breakdown especially: thought BOD was unlucky 1st 2 times in the first 10 mins, and that wa s a real tone-setter for the match. Muted a major Lions weapon.

Oz feeds into the scrum as so crooked its a laff, but they get away with it.

This might shake up Gatland and bring a few onto bench and starting 15 - most pointed out above (I'd say Tipuric, SOB, Bowe and maybe Roberts, as he partners well with BOD)

Lions were arrogant in not taking pens when they were on offer, and the state of the pitch?!? It was a disgrace. It had too much influence on the outcome of the match - like the collapsed scrum at th eend and the slip for the last kick.


1 Year, 4 Months ago

Lead up to the First Test - The Lions Story so far

As a quick warm up folks:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/jun/14/history-lions-tours

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Shane Williams and Christian Wade called up and on the wings vs the Brumbies

Tipuric and SOB don't just have form in pointless recent matches, they have it for most of the last 2-3 years too: and more than Heaslip, Croft or Warburton actually. Heaslip and W have had well dodgy longish spells recently too (not just injuries, actual dodgy spells)

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Shane Williams and Christian Wade called up and on the wings vs the Brumbies

I know this is a comment stream on SW but as the post also lists the Lions team, I think a far bigger issue is that it now looks like Sean O'Brien and Justin Tipuric won't start in the opening test. Yes Croft and to an extent Warburton played well in the last match, but SOB & JT were impervious. real pity that.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

The Top 5 Individual Tries of all time - Rugby HQ

Not sure about scores involving 1 or 2 kicks, as there is always an element of luck involved.

BOD scored one that RD highlighted some years back for Leinster vs (I think) Bath, which was pretty good within that style. Also, at least that one involved a (semi-illegal!) kick of the second ball out of a player's hands (more or less, it was debated much).
But in gen, I'm underwhelmed by these (double) kick tries. Like Habana's recent one that was supposedly try of the year.

For me, its stepping, hand offs, speed, swerves, vision, hand swooping, quality of opposition and importance of match etc that makes a great solo try, bringing a kick into it can of course result in a score, but reduces the skill level because chance enters the equation to a greater degree.

1 Year, 4 Months ago

British and Irish Lions thump Combined Country in Newcastle

Tipuric and SOB are real standouts, so far and of course both have been excellent when played and played in position in the last 2 years in general.

Yet one of the two will probably loose out because of the need for a pre-named series captain. That they complement each other just confounds the strangeness.

Surely a captain for the day is a captain, and that should override the notion of a series captain? Esp if someone else with experience as an international captain just takes over (e.g. POC or BOD, or any other old geezer!)

Thoughts?

1 Year, 4 Months ago

USA Eagle Samu Manoa's huge hit on Peter O'Mahony

@themull gridiron without (many) pads or (many) stoppages would certainly appeal to at least some americans. Probably mostly high level college related still in US and Canada there - stand to be corrected?

Are u in Oz still @themull? Getting to any of the Lions' games?

Pity the commentators didn't spot how well O Mahony dealt with that, but sure they are only learnin........

1 Year, 4 Months ago

Leinster give coach winning send off with RaboDirect PRO12 Final victory

I'm obviously missing sth but how is that not a try in the end by Diack? On 2.06-07, he does actually put it down. Held up too long? Or wha?

These (sorts of) highlights don't do the match justice, ferocious and frenetic at times, very exciting. Ulster very unlucky, as they were always that few points behind after that strange strange non-try....

1 Year, 4 Months ago

 
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