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B&I Lions 2017
Discussion started by Pirate15 , 21 May, 2017 21:45
B&I Lions 2017
Pirate15 21 May, 2017 21:45
Big loss to the Lions with the news that Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from the squad with a shoulder injury. He has been replaced by James Haskell of Wasps & England.

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*Stalwart 22 May, 2017 09:54
Terrible news and very tough on him - great player.

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Pirate15 05 June, 2017 11:36
Jack Nowell makes his Lions debut on the wing against Auckland Blues on Wednesday. The Lions will be looking for a much improved performance against the first of their super league opponents.

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*Stalwart 05 June, 2017 18:02
What a moment for Jack - proper job!

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Perran Pirate 05 June, 2017 22:45
What a fantastic back three !!

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Pirate15 07 June, 2017 15:21
Auckland Blues 22 B&I Lions 16
A disappointing performance from the Lions against the so called weakest of their super rugby sides. Although the Lions had the upper hand in the set piece the Blues were by far the better side with ball in hand. Their off loading game was superb and the winning try was absolutely brilliant. The Lions attacking play looked pedestrian in comparison to the home side and they will need a big improvement against a very good Canterbury side on Saturday to get anything from the game. Another loss will put massive pressure on Warren Gatland and his squad ahead of the test matches.

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*Stalwart 07 June, 2017 18:29
I think the pressure has been on since the itinerary was announced. I'm afraid the All Blacks will be far too strong.

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rgre 07 June, 2017 19:02
My money is on us winning a test- perhaps the second one thereby setting up a grand finale...
Mix and match today meant 8 all blacks were playing against a team that possibly contained six - eight lions.
But then I have always been an optimist....

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Black Bart 08 June, 2017 07:31
Sincerely hope so, I am at 2&3

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old prop steve 17 June, 2017 18:38
Having watched all the games so far I cannot shake off the feeling that the Lions are only carrying out what they have been told to do by their coaches 48 hours before whereas the various New Zealand teams are somehow able to execute instinctively what has become imbedded in them since about the age of ten.

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Pirate15 18 June, 2017 08:39
Yesterday was a much improved performance with a number of players confirming their selection ahead of the 1st test. A real concern is the number of clean line breaks that the Lions made but failed to convert into tries. We certainly need to improve our support play to beat the All Blacks.

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