Far from ideal

Far from ideal

Stuart Barnes previews the Heineken Cup final and has some concerns over the Lions' preparation.

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Dennis Morgan says...

I agree with the comments that Andy Farrell should not be part of the coaching team for the Lions. There are a number of reasons. If Owen Farrell is selected then many supporters will think its because his father is part of the coaching team, whatever his ability or form. If his father was not there then most supporters would accept the decision to include him. Being father and son works against both of them in this situation, it is lose lose. It adds pressure to all parties. If you are wondering who I support I am Welsh, I am just trying to get some sort of balance. If you read my previous comments you will see I am not a fan of Owen Farrell.

Posted 21:18 18th May 2013

Andy Dyson says...

Stu I have to agree with your comments on the dire performances put in by O Farrell, I dont even have him as an international. A Lion? Never!

Posted 17:19 17th May 2013

Dennis Morgan says...

I agree with comments about Farrell not being ready, but my main concern about him are the needless penalties he gives away. Some of his offences are petty and foolish, penalties cost games. Watch him off the ball, worrying.

Posted 20:01 16th May 2013

Pat Mcguinness says...

I'm struggling to get my head around the enduring cult of O'Driscoll. Did no one watch Ireland's 60-zip flogging by the ABs last winter? Ireland were poor but O'Driscoll was dire. Watching the match I remember thinking: "He's gone; well gone." I fully expected to be reading the next day about his immediate retirement from rugby.

Posted 16:50 14th May 2013

David Rackley says...

Gavin Wild, i'll go even further to say Owen Farrell will never be ready. He's extremely overrated and nepotism is the word on most fly halfs' mouths I'm sure. Flood, Biggar, Hook, even O'Gara will all be if not bitter then amused at the treatment Owen Farrell gets. This is a professional game, Andy Farrell shouldn't be anywhere near where his son is concerned

Posted 17:14 13th May 2013

Ruaidhri Duddy says...

If Andy Farrell wasn't a lions coach, would Owen Farrell be anywhere near the plane? Apart from goal kicking i can't understand what he brings. Especially when we have leigh halfpenny and jonny sexton.

Posted 13:52 13th May 2013

Gavin Wild says...

Stuart, you talk about Leicester's slick back line and how well it is playing and rightly so. Well surely Toby Flood has to be factored into why they are playing so well. I have no qualms Sexton lining up as the Lions test number 10 but I would have thought you would want a similar attacking fly half such as Flood who whilst admittingly has his flaws, can bring his backs into the game and is equally as good a kicker as both Sexton and farrell in my opinion. At this stage of his career Farrell is simply not ready.

Posted 13:13 13th May 2013

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