Jocks Away

In the overall scheme of the tour the result this morning didn’t mean much – no one remembers the midweek games.

However it was a thriller and with 4 tries to three I guess the moral victory has to go to the Hurricanes. Once again the soft hands, offloading and inside pop passes underlined the high level of skills that are endemic in the NZ Super Rugby franchises.

On the plus side for the Lions they didn’t lose – more importantly several players will have enhanced their chances of being in Saturday’s 23.

Greg Laidlaw and Tommy Seymour aren’t likely to be anywhere except in the stands at the ‘Cake Tin’ but they combined for a lovely intercept try and Tommy Seymour scored another to go to the top of the Lions try scorers. A good showing by the two Scottish players and Tommy Seymour may well come into the reckoning for the third test.

Those who most strongly put their hands up were Courtney Lawes, Iain Henderson and Justin Tipuric

And if you read my post on Saturday (‘Wellington Boots’) you’ll see that these were the three new faces that I had in my 23.

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Dan Biggar has had a good tour but remains behind Sexton and Farrell – but not by that much!

The two yellow cards were capitalised on and in the end 31-31 was a fair result.

I thought Romain Poite had a decent game overall and both yellows were probably fair.

You wouldn’t have thought so if you listened to the Hurricanes supporters though – every decision that went against their team was loudly booed!

The one thing that was missed by both him and the TMO was the no arms high tackle on Leigh Halfpenny after he gave the scoring pass to Seymour.

Warren Gatland will name his 23 on Thursday – to remind you  I made my selection straight after the first test in the ‘Wellington Boots’ post!

We’ll see if he has heeded my advice.

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