Posted by: fiore | July 23, 2009

The Legacy of the Lions

Jamie Robertson and Brian O'Driscoll, future and present

Jamie Robertson and Brian O'Driscoll, future and present

What an exciting British & Irish Lions tour has been… I can’t really remember the last time I enjoyed a rugby game so much. And here I really enjoyed all three test-matches! They had all the elements of an epic battle: pahtos, physicality and huge talents. And despite the Lions’ defeat in the serie, I must say that they came out of it as moral winners.

They washed away the bad memories from the 2005 tour to New Zealand, and restored their honour, playing with great pride and passion.

They all came out of this tour holding their heads up with the consciousness that they gave it all. No regrets.

Before the beginning of the tour I pointed out some players to watch and, apart from the unlucky Jerry Flannery was ruled out even before leaving because of an injury, all the other players that I pointed out were really outstanding throughout the tour: Paul O’Connell proved to be an excellent Captain, David Wallace was solid as a rock, and most of all, Rob Kearney shown everybody that he is the Irish fullback for many years to come.

Rob Kearney is desperate after the 2nd test loss

Rob Kearney is desperate after the 2nd test defeat

Other players who really impressed me were the evergreen Brian O’Driscoll, who still has so much talent in him, Jamie Robertson, Alun Wyn-Jones, Tommy Bowe and Lee Byrne. A special mention is for Simon Shaw, the oldest member of the party, who at 35 played the game of his life! Who said that old dinasaurs are useless?? I really wished to see Danny Grewcock pairing with O’Connell too! 🙂

What came out of this tour is that Northern Hemisphere rugby is still competitive and that, with a bit more time at disposal they would have been able to fill the gap with Southern Hemisphere physicality and fast pace. And most of all, legend Coach Ian McGeechan has left a very important legacy behind: he left a future for the Lions.

2009 LIONS TOUR SERIES

20/06/2009SOUTH AFRICA v B&I LIONS 26-24 (Absa Stadium, Durban)

27/06/2009 – SOUTH AFRICA v B&I LIONS 28-25 (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

04/07/2009 – SOUTH AFRICA v B&I LIONS 09-28 (CocaCola Park, Johannesburg)

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