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Lions Team for 1st Test


By tigersimon
June 18 2017

My squad for 1st Test (those in bold I think are certainties). Finally watched my 1st live game yesterday morning! 

15 Halfpenny - With Hogg out and Leigh' kicking not much debate 
14 Daly - North and Nowell have not shown test form so a little bit of a gamble. 
13 Davies - 75% certain Gatland will go with the Welshman but outside chance for JJ as he offers something different 
12 Te'o - has played himself into the inside centre test berth 
11 Watson - not seen a lot of ball but playing better than others. Gatland will no doubt pick North as he is Welsh. 

10 Farrell - if fit enough to train by Wednesday otherwise Sexton and get Owen fit for last 2 tests. 
9 Murray - best 9 in the tour party 

1 Mako - The only thing that could change this is he too good a finisher when teams tire that you start someone else and put him on the bench as an impact player. 
2 George - Not got the experience of Best or Owens but in better form. 
3 Furlong - Head says Furlong, heart Cole! 
4 Itoje - Argument about whether Maro or AWJ starts but would go with the Saracens combo. 
5 Kruis - best lock in the touring party. 
6 O'Mahony (c) - best flanker in squad. 
7 O'Brian - now match fit as proved today and in form. 
8 Stander - Needs a big game on Tuesday but IMO better than Faletau and gives an all Irish back row combination. 

Bench 
McGraph 
Owens 
Cole/Sinckler - Depends on what style Gatland wants on his bench 
AWJ 
Warburton 

Webb 
Sexton/Russell - Finn will never get past Biggar in Gatland's eyes but should have been part of the original squad IMO and is test match fit! 
Henshaw? 

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Lions Team for 1st Test
TheLeicesterTigers.co.uk (IP Logged)
18/06/2017 09:58
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Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Tiggs (IP Logged)
18/06/2017 10:03
Many thanks again Simon !

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Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Yorkie (IP Logged)
18/06/2017 10:09
Webb has run Murray close to start at 9 imvho. Owens the same with George at Hooker.

Toby will start at 8.

Really hope JJ starts at 13 (but he won't).

AWJ should be no where near the starting 15 but he will be.

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Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
tigersimon (IP Logged)
18/06/2017 10:48
JJ not involved in squad to play Chiefs so may be in 1st test squad

 
Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Mary Perez (IP Logged)
19/06/2017 12:36
last game results Maori All Blacks 10-32 Lions

 
Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Duncan Keene (IP Logged)
19/06/2017 22:41
I think it will be:

Halfpenny
North
Davies
Tao
Watson
Farrell
Murray

Vunipola
George
Furlong
Itoje
Kruis
O'mahony
Warburton
Faletau

McGrath
Owens
Sinckler
Jones
O'Brien
Webb
Sexton
Daly

 
Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Duncan Keene (IP Logged)
20/06/2017 20:28
But I would pick:

Halfpenny
Daly
Joseph
Farrell
Watson
Sexton
Murray

Vunipola
Owens
Furlong
Jones
Kruis
O'mahony
O'Brien
Faletau

McGrath
George
Cole
Itoje
Warburton
Webb
Davies
Williams

 
Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Stopsy (IP Logged)
22/06/2017 04:15
Only the hooker and replacement tighthead out in the forwards Duncan. Backs more of a surprise.

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