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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.

4 Years, 1 Day ago

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

As a quick warm up folks:

4 Years, 1 Day 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)

4 Years, 1 Week 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.

4 Years, 1 Week 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.

4 Years, 1 Week 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!)


4 Years, 1 Week 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........

4 Years, 1 Week 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....

4 Years, 3 Weeks ago

Dylan Hartley out of Lions tour after allegedly swearing at Wayne Barnes

Serious question marks about Lions' coaches for selecting him in the first place.

There were anyway, but this confirms (way earlier than surely anyone expected) how poor a decision it was to bring him.

Too much of a hothead to risk on a long tour.

4 Years, 4 Weeks ago

HSBC Lions Monthly - Squad Announcement Special

love that rye O Driscoll smile.......'on the Lions!

4 Years, 1 Month ago