Saturday, 15 June 2013

New South Wales Waratahs 17 v British & Irish Lions 47

Another excellent Saturday rugby match down under as the Lions went through the gears to see off a feisty and capable Waratah's side. The "Tah's" were actually 9 players short (Wallabies and injuries) of full strength but at times it was hard to tell. Like Queensland before, the opposition were not awed by the Lions and they scored a couple of fine tries as they made a game of it.

The Lions, though, were simply too hot to handle. They dominated up front and their passing in the backs was brilliant at times. The Welsh mainstays appear to have cemented their starting positions for Brisbane. Halfpenny scored 30 points himself and he was ably supported by countrymen Jamie Roberts, Jonathan Davies and Mike Phillips. Simon Zebo looked like a man on a mission for the first hour as popped up everywhere and made attack after attack in the gaps in the Tah's line. Jonathan Sexton had a decent game despite being targeted by the Tah's from the off. The only disappointment for me in the backs was Sean Maitland who missed key contacts for the Tah's tries and didn't finish anything himself. 

Up front we saw some driving mauls for the first time on tour although we appeared to break far to early when there was plenty of distance left in the tank. O'Connell played his usual leading role alongside the imperious Wyn-Jones who tore lumps out of the Tah's pack and is a dead cert for me. Adam Jones trundles on and Jamie Heaslip will also be pleased with his performance. Mako Vunipola has  played a predominate role in the tour so far but he looked a little tired today. Alex Corbisiero joined the fray towards the end and made an impression, although it would have hard not to against a tired Tah's.

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