- Mar 16, 2015
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As you said, I think it's on the coaching a littleMaybe but the fact is true. Like a good tease they never fully deliver at end.
If anything this Lions Tour has shown how it i becoming a bit dated
We want to se the best players playing some sublime rugby against good defences, moments of magic. We had it in 2013 with George North on Folau, in 2017 the attack was fairly dull but at least we had that wonder try of O'Briens to marvel at. We've seen next to no attacking ambition at all, and it irks me a little. Like these guys have the ability to offload, play off the cuff rugby, and see things others can't but they're being constrained to a very rigid system. I had a SA friend of mine over to watch the second test on Saturday (he's a tennis player and only follows rugby a little bit) but he couldnt believe the difference between the game he watched, and the game they showed after from '09 with hard running, brutal tackles, and constantly challenging the game as we know it.
Yes SA have an outstanding defence, but have we even seen a kick return with any intent so far? An actual go forward offload?
Brian O'Driscoll said a year or two ago about the death of the game being players who play to a system or pre planned call, especially scrum halves that wait for people to be in position to do a set routine, when he always advocated if the ball's there, get it out and play. The romanticism of the Lions is dying when we play like this. Even if we take on SA by trying to play through them and lose, we can at least be satisfied that we tried to play. This defense hasnt been remotely tested so far
Edit: I think he also said "if the attack isnt ready you can be damn sure the defense isnt either"