Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Judge Jules, May 7, 2021.
Murray as capt, interesting and slightly left field choice
I think it tells you a lot about what way Gatland wants to play against the Boks.
Boring and physical
Unfortunately I think this might be spot on.
I didn’t understand the team selection (I wasn’t clear what he wanted to find out) and the disruption of losing your captain and fulcrum at this stage isn’t good.
You have to be physical up front with SA, but with the centre partnership tells you there isn't going to be much flair in the back line, one dimensional and going to match SA with power.
British and Irish Lions (v Gauteng Lions): Stuart Hogg (captain), Louis Rees-Zammit, Chris Harris, Owen Farrell, Josh Adams, Finn Russell, Ali Price; Wyn Jones, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes, Hamish Watson, Taulupe Faletau
I'd like to see Russell do well in this, he brings an extra dimension to the attack if he's getting quick ball from the breakdowns (Murray is pedestrian in that regard, which is why his captaincy bothers me). Murray + Russell would undermine Russell.
Is it just me or, for all the acknowledged physicality of Gatland's preferred approach, does that British Lions threequarter line look lightweight going up against a Saffer side at home? It'll be even more crucial than it always is to deny possession to the other lot as much as possible.
I do tend to agree. There’s undoubtedly talent out there, but it does look like they could get run over - not very Gatland. Up front individually they can all hold their own but i’m concerned about their organisation - if Itoje is the smart game reader and leader everyone says he is then he better be ready to step up and show it
100%. With AWJ out of the tour a shedload of responsibility will devolve on Itoje. I think he's up to it but, as you say, he'd better be.
I didn't watch the Lions at the weekend , but I caught the second half of the Irish game.
If there was another second row injury I'd be calling up Ryan Baird for the Lions. He is unbelievable.
Rónan Kelleher has been called up to the British and Irish Lions squad and will arrive in Cape Town today. The 23-year-old, who became only the fifth Irish player to score four tries in a test against the USA Eagles last Saturday, will provide additional cover at hooker for the remainder of the tour
British and Irish Lions: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 Chris Harris, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Conor Murray (c); 1 Wyn Jones, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Iain Henderson, 6 Josh Navidi, 7 Tom Curry, 8 Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Adam Beard, 20 Tadhg Beirne, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Gareth Davies, 23 Elliot Daly
Alun Wyn Jones returns to the squad. Wtf.
Has to have been a wrong diagnosis to begin with, surely. I know he's tough as old boots, but still.
Dislocation without complications? (This is probably an Eminem lyric).
Geraint Thomas just rode the Tour de France following putting a shoulder out. Painkiller companies must be upping their game
Not promising signs for the Lions. Also hated Itojes post match interview. These boys are going to have to fight fire with fire and the quicker they realise that the better
Absolutely - always crucial on a Lions tour but probably more so in Sth Effrica than anywhere else.
Kolbe magic last night:
Well, we made it easy for him by kicking to him far too often, but he's some player right enough.