Lions versus Blues

The British and Irish Lions play the Blues in Auckland tonight.

The Lions team that runs onto Eden Park will be a bit of an unknown quantity. This will be a challenge for them, they will want to get a tough game under their belts.

The Blues have had a mixed season and could do anything.

I’m not on Sky and won’t pay an exorbitant amount for Fanpass so will just keep an eye on the game progress online.

There has been a shower of run recently (it could still be raining) so it will be a slippery evening.

HALFTIME: 12-10 to the Blues, sounds like a hard fought game in the wet.

FINAL SCORE: 22-16

NZ Herald: Rugby: Brilliant Blues claim sensational win over British and Irish Lions

What can you say? Typical Blues maybe? There they were, drifting out of the game because their scrum was being destroyed and the Lions were slowly grinding them to defeat and wham, four bits of individual brilliance and they pulled off the most sensational win.

In retrospect the Lions can argue they were hard done by in the Blues’ 22-16 victory. They had a few decisions not go their way, played a bit of rugby and were starting to dominate physically.

But they didn’t nail the door shut and in truth, while they played some rugby, they didn’t play enough.

If nothing else, they looked more organised and willing than they were in Whangarei and while they clearly have a mountain to climb still, there were at least glimpses of what they might be able to do when they have had a few more games together and get their top team on the track.

But the essence of their game remains bump and thump and the question that is going to become louder and louder for the Lions, is where is the x-factor?

The Lions were definitely better than they had been in game one. There was more urgency and accuracy in everything they did and while they didn’t get much beyond playing Warrenball, they didn’t feel they needed to.

It doesn’t get any easier for the Lions, they play the Crusaders this Saturday in Christchurch.

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3 Comments

  1. Conspiratoor

     /  June 7, 2017

    The blues will step up from recent form and the Lions have shaken the jet lag. Should be a great game!

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 7, 2017

    Lions toothless, just got blunt gums. Blues win.

  3. duperez

     /  June 7, 2017

    One of the most critical elements of the game is cohesion. Getting everyone ‘on the same page’ only comes by playing games like tonight.
    The weird thing is, with the team under pressure, the calls are already coming from the UK for them to play like NZ players do, exemplified by that last brilliant try. Good luck with trying to teach and learn instinctive stuff and develop intuitive play in a couple of weeks.
    Well done to the Blues, bested in a lot of play but did enough good stuff.