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British and Irish Lions thump Combined Country in Newcastle

British and Irish Lions thump Combined Country in Newcastle
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The Lions scored ten tries on their way to beating a Combind Country midweek team 64-0 in Newcastle on Tuesday. The home side were totally overwhelmed early on, but put up a good fight in the second half, with Lions inaccuracy frustrating Brian O’Driscoll.

In the first half the Lions were beating the clock for the most part, scoring a point a minute on their way to what looked to be the first 100 pointer of the tour. In the second half errors crept in though as the Combined Country side never gave up and conceded just four tries.

“We probably got a little bit flat, and the accuracy of some of the passing suffered,” said O’Driscoll. “Balls were thrown behind when a little bit of depth might have made things an awful lot easier.”

The damage was already done though, as the Lions scored six slick tries in the first half, before adding four more in the second, and opting to bring on a number of replacements.

“It’s a lot of use. The team only had one training session together. There was some excellent stuff and some average stuff as well,” said Lions coach Warren Gatland.

He was full of praise for young Stuart Hogg, who played flyhalf for the first time in years.

“I thought he played very well. I was very pleased with his performance. He kicked and ran well, played nice and flat. It was a really good performance from him.”

Combined Country coach Cameron Blades was very impressed with the Lions but said that he feels the Wallabies will be able to negate their attacking threat.

“We showed in the second half that if you get in their faces, they can make some errors,” he said.

“If you can cut down their time to work with, there is turnover ball to be had. But they are a slick outfit and it is going to be a cracking series.”

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26 Comments

  • jimothy
    9:29 PM 14/06/2013

    It's more to do with the fact that Australian team play together all the time and usually the Lions players are smashing into each other rather than with each other. The Lions team only has about a month to prepare and gelling as a team is really important. So I think that is the reason that the home team are usually favourites to win! Just my opinion though :)

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  • jimothy
    12:21 PM 14/06/2013

    Firstly, don't end your comments with such a condescending statement! I'm not sure who you think you are or who you think you're speaking to but I'm not a 5 year old and I'll post whatever I want to post as long as it's not offensive, racist or rude! I also feel the need to point out that it's called banter. I guess you're not aware of the term but it's something us rugby players have between each other. It is not meant to offend and if you had a sense of humour and removed your head from your own... you'd understand that. AND Robert playing better, my arse!!!!!! p.s. 4 minute clip and there is 1 off load, we're not talking passes, we're talking off loads in the tackle. Poor example! :)

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  • pipo
    8:35 AM 13/06/2013

    Both Tuilagi and Roberts are the kind of players, for me, that take players out of play by going strongly into contact to create space for others; more than use up opportunities themselves, they create them. Roberts is playing better than Tuilagi so far this tour IMO (not against great opposition, yes) and has lots more of experience (form is all about the now, but experience is valuable too). Having said that both are great players and still young, especially Tuilagi, and I can see them both improving a lot. Roberts already distributes the ball well rather than just go into contact, I am sure Tuilagi will improve too, or hope so anyways! Now, your comment ended with a somewhat stupid request. Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMl9IyDJrDQ at 00:25. Roberts combining and offloading beautifully with O'Driscoll on the receiving end and ON A LIONS TOUR! There's plenty more offloads from him in that video and if you feel like watching some more, please click on the related videos on the right side. Think before you post.

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  • pipo
    7:54 AM 13/06/2013

    Gray should definitely start for me. Every time he made a tackle at the Reds game he drove the opposition player back, and he made quite a few too!

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  • reality
    11:25 PM 12/06/2013

    I wish you were right, but he'll never bench Warburton. He picked him as the captain of the tour in spite of his form and other seemingly better candidates, and essentially nothing has changed, so his choice won't change either. As well as that, not picking the tour captain is just not something you do. It would cause too much of a rift in the camp and lead to unwanted drama, as well as causing both the captain and coach to lose face and credibility. It's the same situation as Martin Johnson appointing Steve Borthwick as captain. He shouldn't have been even starting in the first place, but after making him captain he couldn't just drop him and so stuck with him even if there were better players in the squad.

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  • 07015678
    9:26 PM 12/06/2013

    I know! Gray to start!

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  • 07015678
    9:23 PM 12/06/2013

    Richie Gray has to start! He has been immense.

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  • jimothy
    7:57 PM 12/06/2013

    Manu is 1 dimensional but Roberts isn't? Find me a clip of Roberts off loading...anytime :)

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  • fatprop
    6:58 PM 12/06/2013

    Twelvetrees has just been called up for cover. Hope he has something to do with the tour very talented player, though maybe hook should have been in the tour to start with ?

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  • tucktuck
    6:21 PM 12/06/2013

    every ones team selections are excellent the truth of the matter is the selection taking on this tour is eminence but i agree that gatland will drop warburton no problem to him if hes not fit for the tahs and brumbies , what ever team is selected will give the ozzys the wooden spoon ,but one niggle for me is cuthberth he is brilliant for his support play for his trys is greats but when it comes to the wallabies i think he could be targeted for his field positioning in defence and for kick receiving positioning ,, anyone see hoggs kick coming all the way back of the post and hitting gareth edwards in the head as he picked up the kicking tee :P

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  • connachtman
    2:35 PM 12/06/2013

    Roberts + BOD in centre, they gel better and have good history, Tualagi just doesnt do it for me seems 1 dimentional...more of an impact sub

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  • upthelowend
    2:24 PM 12/06/2013

    Im not sure they'd risk having 2 out and out 7's instead of a 6 nd a 7. If Gats keeps to his word it should be Tipuric and either O'Brien or Croft... although even if it does go that way it'll be Lydiate that he picks. Although I have no doubts that Warburton'll be playing the first test regardless of form (or lack thereof). Also, I recon Vunipola and Cole might get the start, unless they see Vunipola as a major impact player that can't sustain a full 80. Cole offers hugely more in the loose than Jones and not much less in the scrum!

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  • drg
    12:53 PM 12/06/2013

    "he faced up against New Zealand not long ago and outplayed the best flyhalf in the world." It's in the past, that is why people are having trouble with Farrell.... In 2003 England won the Rugby world cup, and then were pants ever since... Form can switches and changes overnight, if Farrell steps his game up to NZ level, then fine, give him the 10 shirt. But at the moment Sexton is outplaying Farrell, offers more to the game, which in turn, as mrjmmlc said leaves room on the bench for a player of higher calibre all over the field, which I personally believe is Hogg....

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  • mrjmmlc
    12:26 PM 12/06/2013

    if sexton wasnt starting i would start farel, no doubt. just feel it gives better options to the bench to take hogg

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  • fatprop
    12:13 PM 12/06/2013

    Really the biggest place up for grabs is the 14 shirt. No one has nailed it down yet and that is where we could see Hogg though it may be a waste of his talent? my team would be 1. Corbisiero 2. Hibbard/ Youngs both are throwing quite poorly which is concerning 3. Jones 4. POC 5. Gray 6. Croft 7. Tipuric 8. O'Brien 9 Phillips 10. Sexton 11. North 12. Tuilagi (just the best centre partnership I have seen so far though it may change) 13. O'Driscoll 14. Hogg 15. Halfpenny 16. Youngs/ Hibbard 17. Vunipola 18. Cole 19. Parling 20. Warburton ( can play anywhere on the back row) 21. Youngs 22. Roberts 23. Cuthbert/ Maitland ( Maitland's ability to play 13-15 does probably give him a slight advantage but neither have shown that much ) 7.

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  • danknapp
    9:14 AM 12/06/2013

    Hogg must be loving this tour. 20 years old, playing well, been shown a lot of faith and selected to play in an unusual position. Plus all the inevitable banter that comes with being the youngest. I'm really glad for him, I hope he's soaking it all up and making himself remember it all!

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  • danknapp
    9:12 AM 12/06/2013

    I agree. I understand why Gatland chose Warburton, but I wish he'd left his options completely open. Back row is our strongest area by a country mile.

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  • danknapp
    9:10 AM 12/06/2013

    But if you've got Halfpenny in the team, what does it matter if Hogg isn't kicking well. He won't be kicking in the tests!

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  • mrjmmlc
    5:27 AM 12/06/2013

    evans? really? our weakest second row. parling should be starting! in not, at least on the bench

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  • mrjmmlc
    5:23 AM 12/06/2013

    players who must be on the starting test team: parling, obrien, heaslip, sexton, north, halfpeny players who must be on the 23: vunipola, jones, d cole, awjones, oconel, warburton, phillips, BOD my test-23 from what ive seen: 1 vunipola (most in form prop) 2 hibbard 3 jones (cole would have much more impact coming off the bench for the last 30min than the other way around) 4 awjones (could as easily have POC starting) 5 parling 6 obrien (our best back rower, has to start) 7 warburton (as is captain, very likely to start) 8 heaslip (better than faletau, in form and more experienced and who cant forget him playing in SA 4 years ago...) 9 phillips (most likely) 10 sexton 11 north (in great form) 12 tuilagi (thoughest choice here! id give a chance to tuilagi) 13 BOD 14 maitland/zebo/cuthberth/hogg (have no idea lol could even have hogg starting here or halpeny with kearney at 15) 15 halfpeny 16 youngs 17 corbisiero (better than grant) 18 cole 19 POC 20 tipuric (feel sorry for croft after his games 4 years ago, but tipuric has been in great form all year and deserves it) 21 youngs (could be muray,depends on last two games) 22 roberts (have to take the center thats not starting) 23 hogg (would prefer him over farel and be able to take the other center) we also need to wait and see how kearney goes, but he s likely to miss at least first test. also gatland really likes lydiate, but i dont see him having a place in this team.

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  • drg
    4:31 AM 12/06/2013

    Whilst I like the idea of Hogg being on the field against the Wallabies, I just don't see it. Maybe as a back up 10/15... I just think 1/2p has the 15 shirt nailed down pretty well. The man is brilliant under high ball (minus that interesting take in this game where he got flattened by the ball lol!) He can kick like a beast and he has great vision and is not afraid of a big tackle. I think Hogg has similar attributes but his kicking is not AS good and he is less experienced.... As others have said Tipuric and SOB were brilliant, would like to see them and Heaslip in the back row, or perhaps Croft?? Maybe or lineout option?? But I have to agree I can see perhaps one of them being left out to incorporate Warburton... Unless SOB goes to 8?

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  • mise
    2:29 AM 12/06/2013

    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?

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  • welshosprey
    1:28 AM 12/06/2013

    Thought Maitland and Hogg looked great playing in unusual positions. O'Brien and Tipuric looked quality together they complimented eachother perfectly.

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  • drg
    1:19 AM 12/06/2013

    I agree with above sentiments, I think it's gonna be hard to take much away. I have found in the past when our team plays a game we SHOULD win easily, there are more school boy errors than ever, perhaps some complacency, occasionally in big scoring matches there is also a tendency to get a bit of white line fever with a "must get on scoresheet" sort of attitude, both I felt were apparent in the second half in this game. I felt Maitland and Hogg played very well. I personally rate Hogg ahead of Farrell... Thought the Aussies did well to keep their heads up. Must have been a massive game for many!! Would have loved a run out against the Lions :)

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  • themull
    12:28 AM 12/06/2013

    *Cuthbert not north :)

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  • themull
    12:26 AM 12/06/2013

    Backrow was immense again...O' Brien and Tipuric both put in huge efforts and both were also effective with ball in hand...Unless Warburton steps up his game a lot it's gonna be a real shame for him to probably keep both of these players on the bench or worse...O' Driscoll, Maitland, Murray and North were also very good on the day...Both scrumhalf and backrow are going to be very difficult decisions to make as pretty much every player in those areas is playing really good rugby

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