It's time to eat some humble pie, hold my hands up and say I got it wrong. Well done to the Lions and to Warren Gatland for producing a superb performance to win the first Lions series in 16 years.
I really believed that the momentum was with Australia, that the fluidity of Will Genia would get them on the front foot and that they would continue to have parity in the scrum - how wrong I was! The Lions just came and blew them away and Australia had no answer.
Recently there have been three results that have really taken me by surprise. England's 38-21 win over New Zealand at Twickenham, Wales 30-3 victory over England in the Six Nations and now this one.
I don't think anyone saw that margin of victory coming. It was the sheer dominance upfront that we did not see in the first or the second Tests that set the Lions up for such an incredible win.
Alex Corbisiero was superb and the real heroes are the medical team who managed to get him back to full fitness to play such a crucial role. For me he has been the real find of the tour, he was not on the tour to start with but got his opportunity and boy, did he take them.
Quotes of the week
Credit goes to Gatland for making the tough decisions - he got a lot of stick for them, but he showed why he is a head coach and I am not!
His call to drop Brian O'Driscoll for Jamie Roberts was vindicated - however, saying that, I think O'Driscoll would have had a field day in that game with so much go-forward ball.
It was the dominance upfront that got the Lions ahead - as I said earlier it was not something that we had seen before. The scrum is a massive part of the game and is going to be even more so next year when the scrum-half has to put the ball in straight and the hookers have to hook. That will certainly give the really strong props a chance to apply even more pressure.
Prop Alex Corbisiero was superb and the real heroes are the medical team who managed to get him back to full fitness to play such a crucial role. For me he has been the real find of the tour. He was not on the tour to start with but got his opportunity and boy, did he take them.
Geoff Parling and Alun-Wyn Jones were magnificent in the lineout and the backrow as a unit were just fantastic. Toby Faletau in particular was outstanding.
It was a fantastic performance that has probably saved the Lions tours for the next 20 years!
Out of the Ashes
It could be a tough summer for the Aussies as no one is giving their cricket team much of a chance (my record for calling series is not that good at the moment so I'll refrain from giving you my predictions...) and their rugby team will now need to rebuild.
The Lions series meant the end of the road for Wallaby coach Robbie Deans who stood down as head coach.
I have a high regard for Deans and he has a fantastic track record with Canterbury and put some fantastic plays in place. Australia are not as bad a side as the scoreline in that third Test suggests but being a national coach is a cut throat job. If he had won the series he would have stayed but losing in that matter he had to fall on his sword.
He made a few mistakes - playing James O'Connor at 10 did not go well for them. But he made the big call and paid the price.
New Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie will need to go back and look at the scrum and the set piece. Australia always have backs but they need to get some platform from which to launch them. It will be interesting to see what he does and what lessons Australia have learnt from this series, but for now it is all about the Lions.
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Chris Dowling says...
Gatland did his job, knowing its only six inches between a pat on the back and a kick up the arse, and usually delivered by the same people. Well said Dewi, love the tie!
Posted 13:24 20th July 2013
Peter Evans says...
At last an honest englishman ,its true Dewi your Welsh at last
Posted 08:27 18th July 2013
Hywel Daniel says...
Well done Dewi - takes a strong man to hold his hands up and say he got it wrong. Show this to your colleague Stuart Barnes - he didn't have the humility to do the same.
Posted 11:56 12th July 2013
Ross Salvage says...
Well done Dewi for stumping up with the pie however many of your fellow journalists seem to have disappeared into the woods. Talking of which Keith Woods ought to be ashamed of himself. He let personal friendship interfere with rational judgement, something Gatland didn't do.
Posted 20:13 10th July 2013
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