Saturday, 1 June 2013

Lions start with big win

British and Irish Lions started their tournée with a big win, beating Barbarians 59:8. The game took place in Hong Kong in extremely difficult weather conditions. High humidity and temperature made this match a tough test for many players.

The idea to play in Hong Kong was controversial and caused some mixed feelings among the fans and experts. Although, from the commercial point of view the spot might seem perfect, both the atmosphere on stands and the weather could have been better if the game had been played elsewhere. It is a rare opportunity to see the clash between Lions and Barbarians. The Saturday’s game was their second game ever (the first one took place in 1977) so it is a shame that the stands were not full.

The game was quite decent but one could notice that the players are not used to such humidity and high temperatures. Barbarians showed a much better performance comparing to their previous game, however, the Lions were undoubtedly better. British and Irish Lions scored 8 tries. They played well and surely the fans will optimistically look forward to new games. High victory in difficult conditions should boost the team’s morale. The next game is on Wednesday and Lions will then face Western Force. It is Barbarians second high loss – a week ago they were beaten by England 40:12. Still the players deserve a mention for their ambitious playing. Their Joe Rokocoko was one of the best players on the field.