whats all this talk about lions playing 10 man rugby this tour?
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First Lions match of the tour
Very scrappy so far - not surprising given how hot it is and they are basically 2 scratch sides
Farrell an early contender for the Lion we will all love to hate but cant imagine him playing in the tests
Farrell's had a minor shocker, actually. Handling, distribution and game management all sub-par.
& admittedly it was the girliest of dives from Britz after young Owenaro had twatted him (the Yarp hooker must outweigh the stand off by a good two stone) but it was a poor show to clap the decision to card him.
Phillips really needs to look for the pass more; he's come close to effing up both tries when there's been an easy offload there.
Really shows how fit the Sevens players are compared to the 15 man game given the difference in the amount of running and stoppages.
Can't wait for the real stuff to begin.
Ok, that was better from Phillips, tbf.
Croft could be the only Pom in the test XV at this rate.
Sexton inked in for the Force game, you'd think.
Out of curiosity, do the British or Irish posters in this thread actually rate Quade Cooper as Wallabies flyhalf? Hugely divided over here.
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2nd attempt replying - my unsolicited opinion from kiwiland - is that he will never adjust to the faster defensive line speed of test rugby.
I also think that some teams realise he always passes and never takes it into contact this makes him predictable. That said he is starting this year to play percentage rugby and i have seen him dive on loose balls and end up at a bottom of a ruck - so maybe he can learn new tricks.
I think Aussie has many peeps who can play fly half however and no one who can play 12 and 13. That is also a concern.
12 is more contentious, but Christian Lealiifano (in running rugby) or McCabe (in defence) will probably get the gig.
Our problem with flyhalves is that we have plenty of cattle that can do it, but nobody who's considered a specialist apart from Cooper. James O'Connor is the incumbent Wallaby but he's showing all the signs of a makeshift player even in Super rugby ATM.
Warburton is no McCaw, though. He'd get more breathing room than against the All Blacks.
Knock is Warburton's injury is worse than the Lions' heads are letting on, so Tupiric might yet get the openside gig.
On form Croft & him should be shoo ins.
On Quade: talented footballer, but a turnstyle defence and flaky as ****. Kinda think of him as a poor man's Carlos Spencer; world class on his day, but hands over your eyes woeful when not.
yes AAC can play centre solidly - perhaps in my mind I was thinking I wanted an x factor player as good as some of your other men like O connor and Beale at centre.
Cooper is less flaky now and he was on the highlights scoring a try in heavy contact the other day. But yes can't argue with what you said B.
Restores my faith in humanity to see that Sir Clive is still a whinging **** after all these years
Here's a tip for the Lions
If you had wanted the Force to field their strongest team, then you should have scheduled the match last weekend when they had the bye rather than playing a match in Hong Long purely because of the filthy lucre on offer
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