- Feb 28, 2012
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If i have to take a gamble and guess who it is then i say its Springbok performance analyst Lindsay Weyer. But thats complete speculation.
British Irish Lions
Biggar passed three times. Three.
Non SH backs passing stats are all shocking:
2: Hogg, Harris & Farrell
1: Watson, McVdM, Daly.
I would say that was because they were all too busy running except…..
Our ‘impact’ subs of Price, Farrell and Daly made not a metre between them. Chuck in Harris and Murray and the dial still doesn’t move. McVdM infinitely improves things with his metre.
Our 10 backs between them ran for 48m which is less than half the length of the pitch. And also less than the 51 managed by our starting pack.
Can Jonny Hill feign a strained mullet or something so we can get Manu on a plane?
Agree with all this.Watched the game finally, really wish I hadn't. More or less went how I expected in the end, SA kept their focus and reaped the rewards. If the lions ring the changes today I'd still have them as marginal favourites though because even though SA are probably the best team out there at playing 3+ consecutive weeks it's a huge ask to beat a team that can bring in about five players who are very close in quality and arguably better in some cases than the guys they'll replace.
If I was in charge I'd bring in Wyn Jones, Henderson, Beirne (6), Faletau, Price, Adams and Williams and Watson and Russell to the bench. Harsh on Conan who has consistently done what's asked of him to drop out completely but he's such an attritional player that I can't see him having a winning impact anyway. The rest can't have any major complaints.
You'd really want Sexton and Slade as options to bring in though, it wouldn't result in total rugby but you'd definitely get the strong runners the lions do have in the backs to see a bit of action.
Will reserve judgement until the teams are announced but just by virtue of the changes the lions can make I'd have them slight favourites in an attritional tie though. I really hope I'm wrong because they were so bad on Saturday, displaying exactly why Gatland isn't a popular coach, it'd be a shame if more success followed.