The Sky Sports rugby panel look back at how the 2009 British and Irish Lions almost made history.Back to story
The third test, while a deserved victory to a very good Lions team, wasn't important to the South Africans, and they aproached it as a development exercse for their fringe squad players. Clearly dropping two thirds of the team means that they were resting key players. A great series none-the-less, thouh I have to say I find the suggestion that the Lions should have won as a bit disrespectful. Credi where credit's due, the Boks won the series. That's it.
Posted 06:07 9th July 2009
@Gerry Wilsen - I love it, you win the series but you can't accept that the Lions were the better team in the final game and give credit where credit is due; most of us have already congratulated the Springboks for an excellent series win. For your information since you're clearly a bit dim, P. Divvy has been the 'Boks coach since January 2008, two months after the end of Jake White's tenure, so I don't get your claim that you've been without a coach since the World Cup. Additionally, the 'Boks made seven changes to their lineup, not 10, bringing in players which most of your countrymen had been crying out to be included from the first test. Need I also point out that the Lions made five changes, replacing both props and both centres which were arguably the areas where we were most dominant? Engage your brain before opening your mouth next time please.
Posted 16:16 8th July 2009
As a South African I have to say that the Lions made everyone in SA sit up and take notice.They should probably have won the series but then again the Boks should have won in '97.Their supporters were outstanding and so was the team.I didn't like the weakened midweek sides that were put up against them - but the reason for that lies not with SA as such but with the whole issue of too much top level rugby.SANZAR have now gone and made it even worse with the S15 (ridiculous).The Lions supporters must also remember that we have a Tri-nations series coming up and we need our top players to be ready.Anyway - well done to the Lions!
Posted 07:46 8th July 2009
As good as Jamie Roberts was, i don't think he was the man of the series. I think that has to go to Mike Phillips who epitomised everything that is good about the Lions and he never took a backward step. As far as the Boks are concerned I was more than impressed with the performances of Bismarck Du Plessis. I don't think there can be any doubt that he is the worlds best hooker.
Posted 20:27 7th July 2009
What a great game that was the second test and how brutal and with all the moaning about it ,the only problem was that idiot Berger and im a proud South A frican and that was a brutal game of rugby and thats how test rugby should be played because you are defending your countrys honuor and in every game of rugby you get off the ball incedents so thank you to the lions for a great tour and the supporters except the ones in the army uniforms from the boer was they are as bad as wearing nazi uniforms but i suppose you always get a few pratts around.
Posted 17:27 7th July 2009