Russ wrote:Spare a thought for the only hooker who can hook anf has the best lineout stats in the NHshamalicious wrote:Gatland will be praised for getting a draw out of this series, but I think some of his selections have been particularly poor. AWJ has equalled(?) the record for most lions test matches but has been very lucky to do so. Warburton did so little to justify selection to start let alone be tour captain, but it would've made Gats look silly if he didn't parachute Sam in for the 2nd and 3rd tests. Spare a thought for Peter O'Mahoney who went from first test captain to not even in the 23 for the second two tests.
Had he made better calls, we might be looking at a Lions series win. NZ were poor by their standards.
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Rory was eclipsed by Owens during the 6 Nations and by Jamie George during this tour. He was good (nothing more) against England but has shown very little in the other games for Ireland this year and was also just ok for the Lions on this tour. I think age has caught up with him in terms of some of his effectiveness at the breakdown and he did little to dispel concerns about his throwing on this tour. Yes Jamie George felt the pressure yesterday but he was pretty good for 2.5 tests.
As i said previously, Rory is better than Ken Owens but his form at the time of both Lions tours has not been great.