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Wednesday Feb 6, 2013

Brian O'Driscoll and Craig Gilroy big tackles against Wales

Brian O'Driscoll and Craig Gilroy big tackles against Wales

Brian O’Driscoll is fast becoming the bookies favourite to captain the Lions on their tour to Australia following Ireland’s 30-22 victory over Wales on Saturday. Young winger Craig Gilroy, who also looks to be a star, could be joining him down under.

There was somewhat of a subplot to the Ireland win as O’Driscoll put in yet another Man of the Match performance, impressing fans and experts alike, and raising serious suggestions that he may now be a real contender for the captaincy role on the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia.

The 34-year-old set up a Simon Zebo try with a perfectly timed pass, and scored one of his own. He was typically bullish throughout, typified by the hit we see briefly below, where he took on big Ian Evans as Wales launched a full on assault on the tryline.

Sam Warburton and Chris Robshaw are the other two players in contention for Lions skipper honours, but if fit and playing well, O’Driscoll’s experience would surely count in his favour.

“The big thing is trying to be fit and getting as close to 100 per cent fit as you possibly can when you take to the pitch,” he said post match.

“I felt good against Wales, my ankles both felt good, as did all the other bumps and bruises. If you can start games that way you have every chance of putting in a half decent performance.”

Craig Gilroy, who has had a good start to Test rugby, made a great hit on Alex Cuthbert just a minute after O’Driscoll’s on Evans. Snubbing out the Wales overlap being the key element in it.

“It was a very physical game, real Six Nations stuff which you expect when you come to Cardiff.

“It was body-on-the-line stuff and there was a couple of times when guys made key decisions, stopping the ball when they had two or three men overlaps and that’s what you have to do to win tough games,” O’Driscoll added.

Who would you pick as captain for the Lions this year?


  • 12:26 AM 08/02/2013

    "all Hafpenny had to do was get in front of him." You do realise thar was Sean O'Brien (AKA The Tullow Tank) running directly at him at full tilt. Halfpenny is either totally insane or one seriously brave b*****d! Either way hats off to him!

  • 11:54 PM 07/02/2013

    Agreed with the commentator on the day criticizing O'brien for running full speed into the tackle, all Halfpenney had to do was get in front of him. If he had got himself under control, he'd have been hard to take down.

  • 11:52 PM 07/02/2013

    I agree Best is a great player but a long shot for captain, let him focus on his game and lead the team thru example of the field. BOD or Robshaw would be a my pick, Warburton is just not up to it. I'd have BOD at 13 and Manu at 12

  • graceofbod
    2:03 PM 07/02/2013

    He wanted to stop the offload mate

  • lg3
    1:00 PM 07/02/2013

    Spot on! That's exactly what he was doing. You don't want to allow the player to offload in that position.

  • connachtman
    11:28 AM 07/02/2013

    I love the "Ahhhhh" at the end

  • hedderball
    10:16 PM 06/02/2013

    Heard Denis Hickie on the radio the other night talking about how getting hit by BOD was always much more painful than being tackled by a big fella like John Hayes. The key is the power he generates by accelerating into the ball carrier over 3 yards and then timing the hit to perfection. On the captaincy subject - I'm thinking that a decent outside bet for the Lions skipper might be Rory Best. Played a blinder on Saturday and virtually a guaranteed start for the Test XV plus has captained country and is recognised as one of the main leaders in the Irish squad.


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