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Lions Team for Maori's Match

By tigersimon
June 12 2017

My squad for Maori'Firstly apologies official squads have been announced for the last two games quicker than I could do my predictions. s game 

Firstly apologies official squads have been announced for the last two games quicker than I could do my predictions. 

I am writing this before the Highlanders game and after the Lions got the tour back on track with a fantastic defensive effort against the Crusaders. 

So with Tuesday's squad being 
Payne; Nowell; Joseph, Henshaw; Seymour; Biggar, Webb; Marler, Best, Sinckler; Lawes, Henderson; Haskell, Warburton (captain), Stander 
Bench: Owens, McGrath, Cole, Jones, Tipuric, Laidlaw, Farrell, Daly. 

Below is my squad for the Saturday game, a week before the 1st Test so need to see some combinations working together. 

15 Halfpenny 
14 North 
13 Davies 
12 Te'o 
11 Watson 

10 Farrell 
9 Murray 

1 Mako 
2 George 
3 Furlong 
4 Kruis 
5 AWJ (c) 
6 O'Mahony 
7 O'Brien 
8 Faletau 


May actually get to see this game on TV!


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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:06:18:10:00:24 by Stephen Bath.

Duncan Keene
13/06/2017 13:03
Difficult balancing act for Gatland now between giving the test team a run before the first test and over playing some players who've had to come off the bench early, e.g Jones today, Sexton against Crusaders and have their minute count up high.

His other problem is if he's considering a Sexton and Farrell starting partnership, then surely there'll be no cover for 10 in the midweek team, similar for 8 if Stander is considered at 6.

Looking at Simon's suggested team, minutes so far on tour are (taken from Russ Petty's twitter @rpetty80):

15 Halfpenny - 80
14 North - 80
13 Davies - 28
12 Te'o - 160
11 Watson - 141

10 Farrell - 124
9 Murray - 80

1 Mako - 91
2 George - 95
3 Furlong - 95
4 Kruis - 91
5 AWJ (c) - 214
6 O'Mahony - 107
7 O'Brien - 55
8 Faletau - 160

Owens - 119
McGrath - 98
Cole - 101
Itoje - 99
Warburton - 134
Webb - 144
Sexton - 146
Williams - 103 /Joseph -160

I think Itoje might start this one, maybe ahead of AWJ, but then it could revert back for the test. Moriarty has only played 80 mins and Tipuric 106 so could see either of those on the bench.

P G Tips
13/06/2017 13:23
Cole's chances rather damaged by today I fear.


Duncan Keene
13/06/2017 13:32
Well it certainly won't have helped him, though I thought the Aussie ref got it completely wrong. There's no doubt Cole's selling point over Sinckler is being stronger in the scrum so yeah today has hurt him.

Can see a change to McGrath, George, Sinckler as test bench with Mako, Owens, Furlong as starters maybe.

P G Tips
13/06/2017 15:17
I agree on the first penalty -completely wrong. Not sure about the subsequent penalties though.

As for start front row - I think tigersimon has it right.


Duncan Keene
13/06/2017 15:43
The crucial penalty they scored the winning points from was the oddest one for me, I'm not sure how a tighthead can defend against a loosehead allowed to bore in at a right angle.

15/06/2017 03:30
Actual squad

15. Leigh Halfpenny – Toulon, Wales, #775
14. Anthony Watson – Bath Rugby, England, #816
13. Jonathan Davies – Scarlets, Wales, #778
12. Ben Te’o – Worcester Warriors, England, #815
11. George North – Northampton Saints, Wales, #792
10. Johnny Sexton – Leinster, Ireland, #791
9. Conor Murray – Munster, Ireland, #790

1. Mako Vunipola – Saracens, England, #787
2. Jamie George – Saracens, England, #818
3. Tadhg Furlong – Leinster, Ireland, #817
4. Maro Itoje – Saracens, England, #825
5. George Kruis – Saracens, England, #819
6. Peter O’Mahony (capt) – Munster, Ireland, #833
7. Sean O’Brien – Leinster, Ireland, #796
8. Taulupe Faletau – Bath Rugby, Wales, #779

16. Ken Owens – Scarlets, Wales, #829
17. Jack McGrath – Leinster, Ireland, #827
18. Kyle Sinckler – Harlequins, England, #814
19. Iain Henderson – Ulster, Ireland, #808
20. Sam Warburton – Cardiff Blues, Wales, #800
21. Greig Laidlaw – Gloucester Rugby, Scotland, #810
22. Owen Farrell – Saracens, England, #780
23. Elliot Daly – Wasps, England, #822

15/06/2017 13:54
I thought Farrell had a thigh strain and was unavailable for this weekend

15/06/2017 15:17
Yes, Farrell has a quad strain and has been replaced on the bench by Biggar.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2017:06:15:15:18:56 by KevinR.

15/06/2017 15:40

15/06/2017 23:43
No bad thing, he would have been targeted.

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