Lions-All Blacks 3rd test teams

There is more anticipation for the third test and the British and Irish Lions and the All Blacks than I can remember for a long time outside the World Cup, and it’s getting right up there along side finals in interest.

The All Blacks team for the third test has been announced, with an unchanged forward pack and the selectors going for young prospects rather than experience in a couple of forced changes but Julian Savea replaces Riko Ioane. Jordy Barett has been named at fullback, and Ngani Laumape is at second five with Malakai Fekitoa in the reserves.

The match day 23 for the Test (with Test caps in brackets) is:
1. Joe Moody (27)
2. Codie Taylor (18)
3. Owen Franks (93)
4. Brodie Retallick (63)
5. Samuel Whitelock (87)
6. Jerome Kaino (80)
7. Sam Cane (43)
8. Kieran Read (99) – Captain
9. Aaron Smith (61)
10. Beauden Barrett (52)
11. Julian Savea (53)
12. Ngani Laumape (1)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (12)
14. Israel Dagg (64)
15. Jordie Barrett (1)
16. Nathan Harris (7)
17. Wyatt Crockett (61)
18. Charlie Faumuina (49)
19. Scott Barrett (7)
20. Ardie Savea (15)
21. TJ Perenara (32)
22. Aaron Cruden (49)
23. Malakai Fekitoa (23)

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said:

“Firstly, on behalf of the All Blacks and all of New Zealand, I’d like to congratulate ‘Reado’ (Kieran Read) on reaching the milestone of 100 Test matches.

It’s a special achievement to play just one Test, so to play 100 is a remarkable effort. His playing ability speaks for itself and inspires others, and he now joins a unique group of special All Blacks.

We’d also like to congratulate Jordie on making his first Test start in what will be a very memorable occasion for him.

“This final match in the DHL New Zealand Lions Series is going to be a cracker. It’s the Series we expected it to be, as the Lions have quality players. It now comes down to this Saturday – the winner takes all – and that’ll create its own unique pressures and it’s going to be interesting to see how both sides cope with it.

“We’ve had a good week of preparation and are very excited by the opportunity that’s ahead of us, and I’m sure the Lions are as well. We know it’ll be a physical and intense match, but just as importantly, it’ll be a game where both teams will have moments of momentum, and the ability of everyone to adapt and adjust throughout the 80 minutes will be crucial.”

1 News: Lions name unchanged team for third Test against All Blacks

That’s not surprising.

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has rewarded his victorious Test players by naming an unchanged team for their tour-ending showdown against the All Blacks.

Lions: Liam Williams, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Davies, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, Johnny Sexton, Conor Murray, Toby Faletau, Sean O’Brien, Sam Warburton (c), Alun Wynn Jones, Maro Itoje, Tadgh Furlong, Jamie George, Mako Vunipoloa.

Reserves: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes, CJ Stander, Rhys Webb, Ben Te’o, Jack Nowell.

I’m looking forward to Saturday night.

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  1. Gezza

     /  July 6, 2017

    I’m looking forward to Saturday night.

    My oath! Me too. 🇳🇿 ✊ 👍 👍 . 🇬🇧 👍

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  2. Pete Kane

     /  July 6, 2017

    Taranacki will pleased folk.

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    • Gezza

       /  July 6, 2017

      WTF?

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      • Pete Kane

         /  July 6, 2017

        Spell check – the younger Barrett

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          • Gezza

             /  July 6, 2017

            Ah. “With two Barrets, Taranaki folk will be pleased”, might have done it in one.
            Not always a good mind reader.

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            • Pete Kane

               /  July 6, 2017

              Their school’s developing a pretty good AB record. Their father was a great ‘character’ player.

            • Gezza

               /  July 6, 2017

              I still remember the photo in the Taranaki Daily News of Jazz Muller from Eltham trimming the top of his hedge with a petrol engine lawnmower.

            • Pete Kane

               /  July 6, 2017

              I recall an old health and safety show/warning (something like that) where they warned of that danger, with a reference to a former AB loosing some fingers. I assume it’s a different one.

            • Gezza

               /  July 6, 2017

              One certainly hopes! They wouldn’t publish a photo like that today. People get enuff silly ideas into their heads for doing stupid things without a newspaper suggesting more. Though I rather suspect the mower wasn’t actually going.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  July 6, 2017

              My neighbour tops his hedge by riding a John Deere suspended from a small remote propelled gantry crane

            • Gezza

               /  July 6, 2017

              Who are his life insurers? Do you know?

  3. I just hope the referee is consistent and polices the offside line properly. Lions have been offside pretty regularly in both tests, in fact in all tour games as well, with the outside in umbrella defense they use. I hope persistent infringement leads to yellow cards [and it should have in test 2 – the AB’s had 10, yes 10, kicks at goal in about 50 minutes max of ball in play time. That tells you the Lions just infringed almost constantly which should have lead to a general warning and a binning for repeated offside and ruck infringements inside their own 40 metre zone…]]

    I see the AB’s running the ball directly at Sexton and Farrell with Laumape coming back on an angle between the inside pairs channels forcing the Lions to protect that channel, then once things are established they will look to fake that attack line and bring Barrett into the line outside ALB. Alsoo they will attack the blindside using Savea as a battering ram as well.

    Big game for ALB this one – does he have the chops to control the back line defense speed and shape from centre? Big pressure on the young man – especially with the inexperienced Laumape at 2nd V

    Nice to have two place kickers in the side..

    Go All Blacks!!

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    • Gezza

       /  July 6, 2017

      I’m going to pub with my neighbours for this one. So I’ll print that off & see if they’re following your game plan. At least we can walk there and back – or in the unlikely event we lose, it might be stagger back.

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      • enjoy Gezza. The AB’s will be more subtle no doubt but the team selection has power plan written all over it.

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        • Gezza

           /  July 6, 2017

          His wife’s Chinese. They’re relative newlyweds. They went to the pub for the last one & she invited me along for the next & I’m going partly for the fin of watching her get tiddly. She’s really cute & excitable! She’s got no idea what was going on but she loved it, & especially hubby’s reaction to the result.

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