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Wednesday Debate No.18- Lions or lambs?

June 19, 2013

Brian-O_Driscoll-Lions-runsHello and welcome to this Wednesday’s Debate. I’m sorry that I’ve been gone for a while, exams are somewhat time-consuming. Anyway, normal service can now be resumed. This week’s topic for debate is rugby related- in 3 days the Lions play their first test against Australia and here I’ll evaluate their chances.

Some have been discussing this Lions side as a truly great one, potentially alongside the teams of the early 1970s that boasted such talents as JPR Williams and Willie John McBride. The last Lions teams to have truly great names as well as great skill. Certainly, there is great talent, with all the right kinds of selection headaches facing Head Coach Gatland over who to play at outside centre and on the back row especially. The dismantling of Western Force reinforced the perceived strength of the side. They also managed to thrash the semi-amateur nursery rhyme (tinker, tailor…) Combined County XV. Crucially, Australia are a fairly weak side at the moment and are shooting themselves in the foot with all the confusion over the mercurial talent Quade Cooper. Weak opposition can be just as important as a srong side in making this tour one to remember. Even the recent defeat to the Brumbies was narrow and crucially inflicted no injuries. Morale in the squad seems high as well, certainly Brian O’Driscoll (you may have heard of him) says it is the best of all of his tours.

However the Lions have already lost their potential unbeaten record due to that above mentioned loss. This would already put them behind the 1974 side who remained unbeaten (although they did draw once). However resounding wins in the Tests would correct this fault. This does not seem likely though. A ridiculous amount of injuries have been sustained- Tommy Bowe, Jamie Roberts, George North etc- practically everyone except Kitchener Sink. INside centre without Roberts could be a particular weak spot and if Sexton can’t get fit then I’d personally call for Wilkinson to return to the set-up- a sign of how desperate the situation could become.

So that’s it. My personal opinion is that whilst this will be a good Lions tour, they will slip up in one of the Tests. A great team, but not the best. What’s your opinion? Leave a comment below telling me what you think! Thanks for reading and remember to like and follow if you enjoyed it and want to see more from me!

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