Lions scrape home again to maintain 100% record

Another Saturday, another nailbiting victory for the Lions. James Hook’s excellent late penalty won a game which the Lions should really have put beyond Western Province long before. They scored three tries to the hosts’ one but once again were crucified at the breakdown by the referee, too many of them in kickable territory.

Tommy Bowe continued his blistering run of form, scoring one try and creating another for Ugo Monye. Martyn Williams also touched down to cap an impressive individual performance which kept the pressure on David Wallace for the number 7 shirt. Stephen Jones kicked the remaining 8 points.

Once again the Lions proved themselves adept at winning tight games but also continued to struggle at the breakdown, both in terms of turnover and the penalty count. Also there was some suspect decision-making in the blitz defence, particularly from Monye and Keith Earls and these will be areas on which Shaun Edwards will be looking to work in the week.

What did you think of the Lions efforts? Has anyone played themselves into or out of test contention? What areas are causing you concern after Saturday’s game? Share your thoughts below.

One thought on “Lions scrape home again to maintain 100% record

  1. good to keep the winning habit i suppose for morale…

    i’m less gloomy about our test chances than when the squad flew out, but still think the world champs may be too strong, and we will struggle at the breakdown and lack class at 10. all that said, i think we’ve a real chance of going 1-0 up this weekend.

    also worried about the cavalier attitude to not replacing injured players, or at least getting some stand-by players out there, especially when there was such a small – 70-hour – turnaround between saturday’s game and tuesday’s. eg blair is still not fit, meaning ellis will have to play twice in four days without a real scrum half as cover, and then probably bench on saturday, although he has a slight chest infection.

    it’s that stage of the tour where morale is tested as the test xxii becomes more defined, and then is confirmed on weds/ thurs, let’s hope those left out swallow their disappointment for the sake of the team, rather than gripe like dawson and healey in 01

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