Would have been hard for warburton to win turnovers on their ball given the amount of tackling he did. If you want a 7 to turnover ball you need to not have him tackling. Its a often used tactic against Pocock, run at him all day and he cant turn over ball.Posted 4 years ago
Blind melon if you think heaslip and croft hit more rucks than warburton you need to open yor eyes. Heaslip certainly missed more tackles.
Link to match stats
A good 7 makes the tackle gets on feet and makes the turnover. Personally I would like to see Tip at 7 and SOB at 6 I just don’t think Warb is playing well enough to start.Posted 4 years ago
Personally I would like to see Tip at 7 and SOB at 6
So would I but with Croft apparently nailed on Tips would lack the grunt to do what Warbs did Saturday. With Croft and Lydiate being polar opposites it highlights the lack of Ferris who could be somewhere in between.Posted 4 years ago
Warbs did well, maybe not an 8 but he worked very hard and was a getting in the way a lot on their ball. Still reckon another game would be ideal. Heaslip did nothing until Croft went off. I think given Faletau starting on tuesaday they are stuck with heaslip.Posted 4 years ago
I think it will be Cuthbert and Maitland, as the Cuthbert/Zebo combo is too weak defensively.
I would rather see North given the extra week and be properly fit for the 2nd test than play him at less than 100% and risk losing him for the rest of the tour since they cant lose the series after the first test.
Has to be Davies and BOD at 12, 13 with Manu on the bench if fit. Davies has been the stand-out centre for me.Posted 4 years agonamastebuzzMember
if you lose the first test you can win the 2nd and 3rd and the series overall
True but if the Lions lose the first test then winning the series is unlikely. I think only the ’89 Lions have achieved that. (In modern times anyway.)
The first test is the best chance for a win. The Aussies haven’t played for a while so will, hopefully, be a little rusty. As the series goes on their long term squad familiarity and developed playing style should give them the advantage over the scratch side.
I still fear the Lions are a bit untested and will pay the price for some meaningless run-outs at the start of the tour.Posted 4 years ago
Warburton was a fair bit better than in his previous game. Can see how that last run out was well needed for his match fitness. Still operating at a level below his best, and below the other two Sevens on tour though.
Croft was fairly good. His try was his high point but he also showed a decent work-rate and skills. Heaslip was good enough too, but slack in letting that ball out the back. He’s enough experience to know he needs to up his concentration for the tests.
AWJ was really excellent this time. Him and POC (excellent too) made the jobs so much easier for the back rowers. Youngs and Mako helped significantly there too. Still feel Hibbard offers a bit more going forward tight in around the fringes, and controlling and breaking off rolling mauls, but Youngs’ lineout throwing is probabbly gonna win him the spot.
Which means we probably need to keep Adam Jones in the starting 15 to keep the scrum on top. Apart from scrums, he didn’t do much. Almost coasted a bit this game. Expect a bit more in the tests, ‘cos Cole’s playing better in the loose.
But if he really wants to dominate Ozzy scrums, gatland should have brought in Sheridan when the others got injured.
In the backs, 10-12-13 was really working with JS, JD and JR going really well ’till the injury. JD pick of the backs in this game but all three impressed. At 9 Phillips isn’t gonna improve his passing now, but has to play better than this in the tests. He’s not done anything to earn the spot over Murray or Youngs, who’ve both played better, and they help Sexton play better (flatter) too.
Halfpee was great too: he’s looking like he’s worked hard and added a bit of nous to his attacking running. Top player, but still improving too.
Wing’s are a bit more of a concern ‘cos North and Bowe were so obviously ahead of the the rest. Maitland and Zebo both looked a little fragile in defence, but it may have been a lack of application more than a lack of skill (Cuthbert). Not seen a lot of it in the warm ups, probably deliberately held back for the tests TBH, but I expect the Wallabies to land quite a few high balls on our wingers. Maitland and Zebo can both get up and take them -both can play 15. We’ve all seen what happens when they target Cuthbert.
Seems a bit unfair on Hogg to not give him a chance to stake a claim in the back three. 1/2pee plays wing well and could switch , or maybe Hogg could do too. Seems like he’s missing his chance to cover these injuries ‘cos he’s too busy covering the other holes in the squad selection.Posted 4 years ago
One more thing,Posted 4 years ago
why isn’t Lydiate getting more game time?
Of all the players, he looks like he needs it for his sharpness and match fitness. But it seems like he’s being held back.
It’s working , to an extent, with Warburton. He is improving and playing himself back into a bit more form and fitness.
Is Lydiate carrying an injury or something that stopping him getting the minutes he needs?
I think Lydiate is behind Croft but next on the list for 6 so given Gatland wanted to run out his test starters and keep the tuesdat team fresh too lydiate has fallen through the gaps. Mind you if you think Murray and Youngs have played better than Phillips you are nuts!Posted 4 years ago
pure passing speed maybe, kicking no, organisation no, defence not even close, attacking threat no, being a nasty horrible **** who these days does the winding up rather than being wound up no and all round being the player to take into big matches no. Phillips is a lot, lot better than many on here give him credit for. Him and Adam are Wales best and most important players.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve watched the games. Have you?
yep, I seeem to recall Phillips being man of the match in one of them. Youngs improved off the bench this week but was clueless the game before that and Murray has done a good job of being Phillips lite but is nowhere near as good as him as yet. Murray is the second best 9 but as Youngs offers something different I think Youngs will bench for the tests.Posted 4 years ago
That clip is why I like phillips so much. We need a few more with that abrasive attitude. I certainly don’t under rate him (Although Youngs has a better box kick and pass). Like I (and you) said, Phillips offers a lot more than a traditional SH.Posted 4 years ago
Hamilton got binned for pretty much the same hit as that in the SA game….tinybitsMember
That’s a cracking clip. I’d be sodding furious if someone I’d tried to belt smirked and blew me a kiss!
I’ll be honest, I don’t haven’t watched Phillips much, but as he’s big, he’ll get the nod over the others. Youngs over Murray though (have brothers played for the Lions before?)Posted 4 years agouwe-rMember
haven’t watched Phillips much, but as he’s big, he’ll get the nod over the others
There is a bit more to it than that. He is a real threat with the ball and as a result other teams have to watch him, he will draw there 10 in a bit to cover knowing he can and will run through any gap between forwards, 9 and 10. Sexton may not get the passes just where he wants them but his opposite number may have been drawn in an extra couple of feet because of the running threat and they will be guessing all game and that can make all the difference.Posted 4 years ago
So the mom performance doesnt count for you because?Posted 4 years ago
I love the fact that I get accused of being one eyed when you come out with such rubbish.
The fact that Genia is better than him and aus are better are hardly of much importance given that he is easily the best 9 available. After Sexton and 1/2p he’ll be next on the teamsheet.jambalayaSubscriber
Phillips is easily the first choice scrum half in my book.
Interesting comment from Keith Wood at the weekend that he felt the Lions had major injury worries given the tests hadn’t started and that in his view if they didn’t win the first test they would have major issues.
I’m really looking forward to the tests but after last Saturday I am more nervous than before as whilst the Lions look good going forward there were too many erros of concern that I think the Wallabies will exploit and they will be by some margin a better side than anything the Lions have faced.Posted 4 years ago
Baa baa’s exhibition match wasn’t it?
It’s always a back gets MOM in those.
His MOM comes from our other backs not having enough ball to shine themselves.
Any one of them could have won MOM with more ball.
How do you reckon 10-15 can shine when 9 can’t pass?
your joking right?Posted 4 years ago
Its been rumoured a few times. I am worried at the moment. The backrow looks all wrong to me Faletau, SOB and Tips looks stronger, Faletau, Croft and Warbs or Heaslip, SOB, Warbs. I really do think that Croft and Heaslip are not good enough without the ball as a pair. The front five had better strangle the life out of Aus or we are screwed. And all this is before we consider how many injuries there are in the backs.Posted 4 years agotor5Subscriber
Yeah, heaslip not doing it for me. I’d go SOB at 8, Croft and Warbs. Bit of extra bosh to add to Croft’s pace and lineout (which will be crucial – the last series here came down to one sneaky elbow and a couple of stolen lineouts, I see nothing to suggest this one will be any different)Posted 4 years ago
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