@canefan Roger Moore was the James Bond I grew up watching in the 1980s so I was saddened to hear of his passing despite his age.
I read this on another forum.
Ireland have been seriously good for some time. They should have beaten us in Christchurch a few years ago. They should have beaten us in Dublin in 13. They did beat us in Chicago.
That win in Chicago was the catalyst for this victory in Dublin. Ireland now has the belief they can win these games, and that is half the battle.
The disappointing thing from an AB perspective is that Ireland played exactly how everyone expected them to so Hansen and co should have had a game plan to counter that.
As Selectors pointed out its work rate and energy levels for Akira. ABs need the forwards to work, clean out rucks, link etc so backs can finish which is probably why Akira not chosen
Is "workrate and energy levels" a euphemism for masquerading on the wing ala Fifita?
I'm 2 days late reading this thread so I'll only make a few comments.
I was high up in the stands in the corner where Jordie scored so had a good view of the other chances at the same end of the ground. Both BB and Laumape could have also scored tries as they were in gaps but fumbled under some defensive pressure. But no excuses for Savea - that was a definite try if he had caught the bloody ball. As many have said, if we had taken 1 or 2 of those chances the ABs would be well ahead at HT and in control of the game, as the Lions were never going to score multiple tries.
The thing I was most pissed off about was that the officials let the Lions slow the game down all the time as not all the injuries seemed to be genuine. It was like watching a RL game when the support staff run onto the field at every opportunity. Read should have spoken to Poite about this too.
Now for something about the Lions tour in general. I picked my father up from the airport earlier in the day as he had been working in Europe and was going to the game with me. He travelled back to NZ via London and was sitting next to a guy who was flying into Auckland to attend the 3rd test and flying back to the UK the following day - that's dedication. And at the test there was a South African guy (wearing his Bok colours) next to me who also flew to NZ especially for the game. That is what makes these tours unique so long may they continue.
Surprised to see former NZ U20 hooker Flynn Thomas play at 6 for Marist RC in the Southland comp.
I wouldn't get too hung up on the positions played in club rugby. I watched a little bit of a club game at the local park on Sat and Sekope Lopeti-Moli (Waikato and Chiefs Dev hooker) was playing openside for Varsity. He scored a try from a long-range try too. From memory, Thomas wasn't that big and was mobile.
Worth a flutter on the brumbies
Who sets these odds? The Chiefs often struggle against the Brumbies and lost to them in Hamilton last year. I'll be at the game but the Chiefs will need to play their A game to win.
@machpants The Aust-France series is going to be played over a 10-day period. I'm not saying quarantine isn't an issue but the players won't be in Aust for 3-4 weeks.
Initially the three Tests were set for 3, 10, 17 July, but they will now be played on 7, 13 and 17 July. It’s understood the Tests will be played in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Yup whomever gets France in a Lions year is the lucky one! Still they'll have to quarantine in Oz, gawd knows who is actually going to turn up to play?
Players involved in the Top 14 final won't be available for the 1st test at least.