Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Lions outclassed Western Force

It was a great beginning for British and Irish Lions who started their tournée on Australian soil. They beat Western Force 17:69! High victory is no surprise as the team from Perth did not pick their strongest XV due to Super 15 match this weekend. It is a shame as the game did not have to be so one-sided. The dates could have been arranged better too as Western Force had bye week ago. 

Despite weaker opponent, Lions deserve praise. They did what they were supposed to do. They clearly dominated all areas of the game and despite some errors, can still be happy about how they played. Lions put forward a completely different XV to Barbarian’s game and scored 9 tries. Centres  Brian O’Driscoll, who scored 10 points, and Manu Tuilagi, were a real threat to the opponents’ defense. Leigh Halfpenny showed great composure and precision when kicking. The Welshman scored 9 conversions and two penalties, most of them from difficult positions next to the touch line.

Apart from O’Driscoll, try-scorers were Jonathan Sexton, Tom Croft, Jamie Heaslip, Mako Vunipola, Tommy Bowe, Owen Farrel and Geoff Parling. High victory over Western Force is a good sign for future games. The team should become more gelled and victories will greatly influence its confidence. As I wrote in one of my previous posts, the team which is full of talented players, has a good chance to win the series. Let’s hope injuries will keep away from Lions. As it stands now, the only concern to the physios is Cian Healy. With leg injury he may not be able to take part in future games.

I think the supporters are pleased to have watched an interesting game. The atmosphere on stands with about 35000 fans was much better than last weekend in Hong Kong. 
Lions are facing Reds in the next game this Saturday.