Backline Dilemma for Gatland in the British Lions Team

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF_Peat View Post
    How did he win it hands down when he was far less successful in attack?

    Was Ford's tackle on Webb forcing the forwards pass to Biggar any less of a try saver than Biggar's own intercept on the try line?
    I'm a massive fan of ford but he was made to look worse as he was targeted in defence by Wales. Lost of lot of metres due to his frame. Biggar had a super game. Got the backline playing better than they have in about 18 months. Fords pass to Farrell was absolutely superb but overall he was fairly anonymous (not necessarily his fault as we were on the back foot at the breakdown for big chunks of the game). I just think he came out on top in most people's estimations if you were to do a poll after the game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinspoonboy1 View Post
    I'm a massive fan of ford but he was made to look worse as he was targeted in defence by Wales. Lost of lot of metres due to his frame. Biggar had a super game. Got the backline playing better than they have in about 18 months. Fords pass to Farrell was absolutely superb but overall he was fairly anonymous (not necessarily his fault as we were on the back foot at the breakdown for big chunks of the game). I just think he came out on top in most people's estimations if you were to do a poll after the game.
    I wouldn't say Ford was anonymous, a lot of his delayed, flat passing is what got the English forwards breaking through the Welsh defence and making metres. He didn't do anything that would stand out individually but so much of England's attack goes through Ford that when he isn't there you would notice it. The last 2 games he has been behind a pack that are not on form and a scrum half who has not been giving good ball (and who is responsible for the majority of kicking meaning Ford doesn't make the choice).

    I think when the forwards are playing properly and we get our injury replacements back, we will really see the benefit of Ford. I'd also say that having Robson at 9 rather than Youngs would help too. However in defence teams are beginning to finally make good their promises to target Ford and the current pack aren't protecting him as well as Haskell and Robshaw could.
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    Quote Originally Posted by martinspoonboy1 View Post
    I'm a massive fan of ford but he was made to look worse as he was targeted in defence by Wales. Lost of lot of metres due to his frame. Biggar had a super game. Got the backline playing better than they have in about 18 months. Fords pass to Farrell was absolutely superb but overall he was fairly anonymous (not necessarily his fault as we were on the back foot at the breakdown for big chunks of the game). I just think he came out on top in most people's estimations if you were to do a poll after the game.
    I'm sure Biggar would win that poll because he had the highlights reel moments but if people were to go and watch closely which fly-half was actually pulling the strings more effectively, I'm pretty sure everyone will say Ford. I don't see how any fly-half whose team only score one try at home despite 50-50 shares of possession and territory can be said to have a super game and having watched the game twice, I don't see how anyone could keep an eye closely on Biggar and say he had a super game either. He flat out didn't.

    As for defence - the line bent but never broke and Ford made some key contributions. Although I'm guessing a lot of people missed those as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF_Peat View Post
    I'm sure Biggar would win that poll because he had the highlights reel moments but if people were to go and watch closely which fly-half was actually pulling the strings more effectively, I'm pretty sure everyone will say Ford. I don't see how any fly-half whose team only score one try at home despite 50-50 shares of possession and territory can be said to have a super game and having watched the game twice, I don't see how anyone could keep an eye closely on Biggar and say he had a super game either. He flat out didn't.

    As for defence - the line bent but never broke and Ford made some key contributions. Although I'm guessing a lot of people missed those as well.
    I certainly see your point. Biggar was also under alot of pressure before the game with many calling for Sam Davies to start so when he had his best game for ages and the Wales backline functioned better than it has done in about 18 months, he was (rightly) given alot of credit.

    Out of the two, I would always pick Ford if the pack had acendency of even parity, but if you're under the cosh for good swathes of the game, Biggar does steady the ship and also puts in a decent defensive performance. Would have been interesting to speculate if Ford had been playing for Wales last weekend, would they have won at a canter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF_Peat View Post
    I'm sure Biggar would win that poll because he had the highlights reel moments but if people were to go and watch closely which fly-half was actually pulling the strings more effectively, I'm pretty sure everyone will say Ford. I don't see how any fly-half whose team only score one try at home despite 50-50 shares of possession and territory can be said to have a super game and having watched the game twice, I don't see how anyone could keep an eye closely on Biggar and say he had a super game either. He flat out didn't.

    As for defence - the line bent but never broke and Ford made some key contributions. Although I'm guessing a lot of people missed those as well.
    Especially when you consider he played no role in their sole try.
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    Fairly sure Ford did alright under the cosh last summer But yes, swapping fly-halves would have been (imo) fatal to the England team. Although I'd also say the same about Dan Cole and the hookers as boy their set-piece creaked at the wrong moments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRF_Peat View Post
    Fairly sure Ford did alright under the cosh last summer But yes, swapping fly-halves would have been (imo) fatal to the England team. Although I'd also say the same about Dan Cole and the hookers as boy their set-piece creaked at the wrong moments.
    Billy Haskell and Robshaw did pretty well to secure quick ball in the summer though. And Youngs wasn't playing like a geriatric. Last weekend was much much slower in that department.

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