Sunday, 30 June 2013

Stick or twist?

Fortune, they say, favours the brave.

The Lions played too conservatively on Saturday and got precisely what they deserved.

So, now to the decider in Sydney ... does Gatland stick or or does he twist?

Justin Tipuric? Jamie Roberts? Manu Tuilagi?


Benedict Barnes said...

Any sane person would have had manu in the team/ squad for 2nd test. I expect Doc Roberts to be recalled despite having played one good test match (against eng) in the past 18mths.

If the Lions fail it won't be because of one single nation it Will be becaus of gatland. Terribly negative tactics in 2nd test. Amazing defence mind (Faz) to keep aus to one try with 67% territory/ possession

Von said...

Definitely twist.

Vunipola did extremely well to adapt to Joubert's penalty critera, but Corbisiero is a better scrummager to such a degree that I'd have him in there even if he has to hobble from one scrum to the next.

Agree with BB above on Tuilagi over Roberts. Much as I admire Roberts, Tuilagi on current form is a far bigger threat.

Back row as difficult as ever - I'd go Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau, with Croft on the bench.

Gareth said...

Agree that Lions were too conservative on Saturday but I think a lot of that was down to our pack not being able to deliver solid set piece ball. Line outs were a lottery and even if the scrums weren't a mess the Lions don't attack well of of them.

I would probably bring in a proper 12 for Sat, my money would be Tuilagi. However to me the deciding factor has got to be getting a dominant pack, so here goes my changes:

Evans or Gray for Parling.
Credit to Vunipola for coming back but if fit Corbs starts
Hibbard for Young
SOB for an injured Warbs.

Von said...

Looks like Gatland's decided to twist then! I did not see O'Driscoll being dropped on the cards at all. My pre-tour centre partnership would have been BOD-Tuilagi - looked very promising in that warm-up game. The romantic in me really hoped to see O'Driscoll captain the side to a famous victory, but I suppose in a way it's reassuring that Gatland et al are more pragmatic than that.