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
Posted by: TheLeicesterTigers.co.uk (IP Logged)
Date: 18/06/2017 08:58

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Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Tiggs (IP Logged)
Date: 18/06/2017 09:03

Many thanks again Simon !

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Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Yorkie (IP Logged)
Date: 18/06/2017 09:09

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
Posted by: tigersimon (IP Logged)
Date: 18/06/2017 09:48

JJ not involved in squad to play Chiefs so may be in 1st test squad

Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Mary Perez (IP Logged)
Date: 19/06/2017 11:36

last game results Maori All Blacks 10-32 Lions

Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Duncan Keene (IP Logged)
Date: 19/06/2017 21:41

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
Posted by: Duncan Keene (IP Logged)
Date: 20/06/2017 19:28

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
Posted by: Stopsy (IP Logged)
Date: 22/06/2017 03:15

Only the hooker and replacement tighthead out in the forwards Duncan. Backs more of a surprise.

Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Tiggs (IP Logged)
Date: 28/06/2017 11:19

Presumably the team for the 2nd Test will be made tomorrow, Thursday ?

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Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Tiggs (IP Logged)
Date: 28/06/2017 11:24

Announcment now moved back to tomorrow afternoon.

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Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Elder (IP Logged)
Date: 29/06/2017 04:58

Team: 15-Liam Williams, 14-Anthony Watson, 13-Jonathan Davies, 12-Owen Farrell, 11-Elliot Daly, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Conor Murray, 8-Taulupe Faletau, 7-Sean O'Brien, 6-Sam Warburton(captain), 5-Alun Wyn Jones, 4-Maro Itoje, 3-Tadhg Furlong, 2-Jamie George, 1-Mako Vunipola.

Replacements: 16-Ken Owens, 17-Jack McGrath, 18-Kyle Sinckler, 19-Courtney Lawes, 20-CJ Stander, 21-Rhys Webb, 22-Ben Te'o, 23-Jack Nowell

Hmm. I suspect Gatland watched a different first test to the one I watched. AWJ looked off the pace from the start and that 10/12 combo did nothing but give NZ space to play. Frankly, I will be surprised by a loss of less than 20.

Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Rich W (IP Logged)
Date: 29/06/2017 06:24

No problem with the 10-12 axis myself. I think they should have been pencilled in from the start of the tour. But AWJ? Slow and blowing it out of his @rse after 15 minutes last week - the luckiest player on tour - well along with Warburton...

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Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: RugbyMarvel (IP Logged)
Date: 29/06/2017 07:33

I have briefly written up my views here;

[rugbymarvel.wordpress.com]

Jones must have some seriously risque pictures of Gatland, otherwise how is he still holding onto his test place.

Rugby Marvel called the Sexton/Farrell axis, but lets see if it now works...

Please comment with your views, like if you like it and follow if you want to read more!

RM

Re: Lions Team for 1st Test
Posted by: Elder (IP Logged)
Date: 01/07/2017 11:05

Quote:
Elder
Hmm. I suspect Gatland watched a different first test to the one I watched. AWJ looked off the pace from the start and that 10/12 combo did nothing but give NZ space to play. Frankly, I will be surprised by a loss of less than 20.
And that, I guess, is why I was overlooked when the Lions were appointing a Head Coach :-)

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