British and Irish Lions claimed historic victory as they routed Australia 41:16 in the last and final match.
A number of fans and experts were surprised by Warren Gatland’s selection before the game. Brian O’Driscoll, one of the most experienced team leaders, not only was omitted in the first XV but also did not sit on the bench. I must admit I was also concerned about this choice and slightly doubted the rightness of it. The outcome proved, however, that Warren Gatland was one hundred percent correct to make such decision.
The team played a sensational match and dominated their rivals in practically all elements of the game. The scrum functioned very well and effective Leigh Halfpenny kept the scoreboard ticking. The outstanding player was rightly chosen the best player of the series.
It was the biggest victory of Lions over Australia. I am very happy to see that Europeans left no doubt as to who was better and managed to end the streak of bad luck which lasted 16 years. British and Irish Lions is a unique team which carries the best of rugby tradition and has always aroused many positive emotions. It’s good that Lions survived the transformation to professional era and that its unique history, which is now 125 years, continues. I wish Lions all the best and I am grateful for fantastic and emotional entertainment this year.
Below you will find statistics from the third test match. Also, for my blog readers, I am preparing a little surprise which is linked to the tournee. This will come shortly.
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