@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.
I got back from the AB test in time to watch the 2nd half live. By the comments here sitting in a car was more fun than watching the 1st half. Both coaches will need to make some changes for test 2, and that might decide the outcome if they pick the right players (or not).
Thoughts on that yellow for Biggar? I thought it was harsh, Faf was on top of him, not sure what he was supposed to do
That's how I saw it too. A decent ref understands when a player can't move under a pile of bodies, or when players (i.e., halfbacks) are trying to milk a ruck penalty. I only saw the highlights, but had to tune out the SA commentators about the YCs.
@ploughboy Gatland still has 1 year left on his contract. Trask was rumoured to sign a long-term (5-yr) contract so would still have a year or two left. Reihana might be coming off-contract so might be the most at risk. If DMac is going to play 1st 5 there is little point in signing Ioane.
As for wingers, Lam and Rayasi would be at the top of my list for non-regular starters.
I mentioned him earlier in this thread but I would be looking at Taniela Filimone. He's young and has some size and speed, and covers centre and wing. Ex-RBHS and Chiefs age-group now playing in Manawatu. He was also in the Chiefs WTG so the coaches know him.