Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Another big win for Lions

British and Irish Lions kept their winning streak alive and won another game in a big style. The rivals were severely defeated as Lions scored 10 tries and didn’t lose any points. Despite ambitious performance, players from New South Wales and Queensland Countries couldn’t make any harm to the visitors. They are not the top rugby elite and had only two training sessions together. Some of them had starts in the Super 15 under their belts, others are semi-professionals, so the big score 0:64 (0:38) wasn’t  a surprise.

Lions took full advantage of the „match-training” conditions. The team tried interesting combinations. Stuart Hogg, who normally plays as a full-back, had a chance to try his luck as a fly-half. The incredible Scottish player was simply amazing. He managed to play on a new position as if he was doing it every day. Brian O’Driscoll also deserves a special mention; he was one of the best players on the pitch. Lions’ attacking power is certainly huge. Fans had a chance to see a nice piece of rugby especially in the backs’ game. Forwards dominated scrums, which is a good omen before the tests with Wallabies. Lineouts were not so good, Warren Gatland’s team needs to work on the communication and become more clinical in this area.

Although it was a one way match I think it added extra spice to the tournée. It linked with a long tradition of touring but what is even more important it gave Australian players perhaps one in a lifetime chance to face the best European players. This priceless experience will be a cheery on the cake of their careers.

Waratahs are  the next team which will challenge Lions. The game will take place on Saturday.