- summer rugby
Lions team: Rob Kearney, Christian Wade, Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees, Shane Williams, Stuart Hogg, Ben Youngs; Ryan Grant, Rory Best (capt), Matt Stevens, Ian Evans, Richie Gray, Sean O’Brien, Justin Tipuric, Toby Faletau
Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate, Conor Murray, Owen Farrell, Simon Zebo
Ickle!!!! Christ thats a new low!
Could that be the test bench too?
Test 15 must be
AW Jones (Thats AlunWyn Jones not **** Wyn-Jones Barnes you **** oh and its Davies Not Daviiiieeees too)
looks ok would prefer a harder working back row and more defensive nous at 15.Posted 4 years ago
Because thats the most likely team. I expect Tuilagi, Bod and North to recover and so does Gatland otherwise more cover would be called up. Barritt, 12trees wont play in the first trst barring a disaster. Maitland and Zebo may. Anyone starting tuesday wont start Sat. The bench is likely to be the test bench.Posted 4 years ago
Zebo for all his attacking threat defends worse than Cuthbert at least Cuthbert will tackle players who run at him. Zebo leaving that kick off to bounce was unforgiveable too imo. Bloody ace to watch though him wade and eli walker show some real hope that Shane type players will still be around in the futurePosted 4 years ago
Should just put Farrell on at 10 rather than playing Hogg. Then at least the mostly English back line will have some understanding of each other. Worried after an easy ride against CC that Hogg will have a mare against more quality opposition in a position he doesn’t play regularly.
If the wings are that thin on the ground I would have put him or 1/2p on the wing/ full back interchange. Still think we could see North as a centre too.
Back row is rough for Tips who I still think is playing better than Hovis.Posted 4 years ago
Regardless of wether Shane is the best available, I’m completely chuffed for him. What a brilliant swansong to an extraordinary career. I hope he has a great game.Posted 4 years ago
It’s now clear why barrit has been called up, just to protect the test options. I expect to see BOD and Davies to start the test with Manu coming off the bench.
Zebo for all his attacking threat defends worse than Cuthbert at least Cuthbert will tackle players who run at him
You might want to watch Zebos first try against Wales in the 6N this year again!
I think the Lions could struggle against the Brumbies on Tues. they would also need to improve a lot before sat to stand a chance against Aus. The breakdown last night was terrible. Pluses were Youngs and the 2nd rows outstanding work rate and line outs. Youngs absolutely deserves the 2 shirt and I wonder if Gats is wishing POC was his captain?Posted 4 years ago
Zebo played patticake with runners several times in yesterdays game and failed to catch a kick off, he also failed to take his try chance, good player like watching him play but he’s not lions test material although neither is Cuthbert. Zebo’s try v wales hardly disproves my assertion that Cuthbert will tackle people who run into him. No one was stupid enough to do that in that case. After Bowe and North the wing quality really drops off.Posted 4 years ago
He was a lot better than his previous game, but the waratahs had done their homework and largely nullified him IMHO. Croft worked his bollocks off and POC was simply immense. Only 1 tackle less than warbs! That’s some going for a man of that size. I’m very pleased that AWJ came good. He has to be the starter alongside POC. Wavering about heaslip now, perhaps Toby is the answer.Posted 4 years ago
would help if Heaslip and Croft spent less time fannying around on the wing and hit a few rucks. Warburton did a good job on Lions ball but really did lack support.
That’s not really the case. Croft and Heaslip both made more runs, made more metres, offloaded more and hit more rucks than Warbs.Posted 4 years agotinybitsMember
But that’s not possible, they’re not welsh!
Actually AA, joking aside, you really like your 6/7/8 to be on the floor with everything trying to wrestle the ball back, biting a gouging perfectly fine as long as you’re undernearh… so any player in that position who runs with the ball is going to cop some flack from you.
I like them a but more rounded, although I think Croft is too much of a back, his talent means you just have to put him in somewhere. There aren’t many forwards who can turn a game on its head, but he’s one of them.Posted 4 years ago
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