Wednesday, June 03, 2009

British & Irish Lions vs Bay of Plenty in 2005

British & Irish Lions vs Bay of Plenty in 2005

The 2005 British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand got off to a similar start to what weve seen in 2009. The Lions were under pressure and looked close to slipping up, but came right in the last ten minutes against an impressive Bay of Plenty side.

Both sides had fairly little time to prepare ahead of the match, and the first half was a mixed affair as each team dominated in patches.

The Lions stormed to a 17 point lead with two tries from Josh Lewsey, and one from Mark Cueoto before relaxing a bit, letting the home side back into the game.

Tries from Colin Bourke and Murray Williams contributed to the scores being tied at the halftime break.

In the second half the Lions came out looking more structured, and sealed the match by scoring three tries, through Dwayne Peel, Tom Shanklin, and Gordon Darcy.

The low point of the match came when Lawrence Dallaglio broke his ankle, ruling him out of the rest of the tour.

The final score of 34-20 was a satisfactory result for the tourists, but there were early warning signs that all was not right, resulting in a tough tour to come.


Time: 09:43

Posted at 3:59 pm | 20 comments

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Anonymous June 03, 2009 3:24 pm

The 2005 Lions tour was a calamity because of Woodward. I say that as an England fan.

He picked on 2003 form and bias to England players.

Mind you, I think it would have been 3-0 no matter who managed or pciked the team. However,, it might have been closer.

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RS June 03, 2009 3:52 pm

I remember the kiwi headlines nextday: plenty to be happy (refering to Dallaglio injury). classic stuff from SH press.

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Flooz June 03, 2009 4:16 pm

Woodward, Mc Geechan or JC,

lions couldn't win against AB's in 2005. NZ was too strong and too quick.

and don't talk about BOD injury, it wouldn't have changed anything

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CaptHawk June 03, 2009 4:20 pm

The 2005 Nzl team were IMO the best team to ever set foot on a rugby pitch. I mean they were immense!!
Carter, Umaga, Marshall, McCaw the list is endless.

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Anonymous June 03, 2009 4:28 pm

I agree that the BOD injury did not change the outcome. It was a shame not to see one of the best players in the wordl take part in the series as a rugby fan that was very disappointing.

Just like I would be bummed if Burger got hurt for this series...even though I am a Lions fan.

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Anonymous June 03, 2009 4:29 pm

Not to mention that the press kept referring to the BOD incident as a spear "tackle"... which it was not. It was an off the ball "spear" with the ball having long gone from the ruck.

It was aking to the off the ball assualt on Dalton that broke his jaw during the Cavaliers tourr to SA in 1986. It was a hit.

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Anonymous June 03, 2009 4:31 pm

What was even more disgraceful was that the match official decided, like the flying nathan Gray elbow on Richard Hill in 2001, that there was no case to answer!!! Un friggin believable.

lets hope we do not have any incidents like that in this series.

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Leinster fan 4 life June 03, 2009 4:48 pm

thank god darcy got called up will be great cumin on for roberts against SA of other way round wit flutey as mid-week lion.

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ArranR June 03, 2009 6:06 pm

i reckon Lewsey could of scored that last try himself :P

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Anonymous June 03, 2009 8:38 pm

the body language from the players, this year, seems much better than what it was on the 2005 tour.

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Anonymous June 03, 2009 9:02 pm

is henson injured nowadays?

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Lewseytwo June 03, 2009 11:05 pm

Did Lewsey score two tries? I think I only saw one. And I had no idea he used to be good. I was wondering why all the English media go mad about him, cos he's pretty average now.

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kiwi June 04, 2009 12:35 am

This match brings back memories.

The Lions' backs moved the ball nicely and scored some wonderful tries.

Dallaglio's injury cost the Lions' chances - long term - far more than O'Driscoll's.

The Lions' supporters were absolutely BRILLIANT for the whole tour. A pleasure to host.

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David R June 04, 2009 6:24 am

RS said... I remember the kiwi headlines nextday: plenty to be happy (refering to Dallaglio injury). classic stuff from SH press.

And the UK sports press is the epitome of reason and good taste, I'm trying to keep a straight face.
But kiwi is right, the tour was a mess but the supporters were terrific. I hope they get plenty to cheer about in SA.

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Anonymous June 04, 2009 9:20 am

i have to agree with people praising the ab's in 2005, rugby at its most clinical.

however, the lions lost dallaglio and o'driscoll. how do you think the ab's would have been without mccaw and umaga? its an interesting thought.


and to echo an above post the nathan gray elbow on hill was ridiculous. that was more decisive in who won the tour than the spear on BO'D yet you dont hear about it much. second test completely changed once hill had gone off

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Nick S June 04, 2009 9:59 am

Henson has been injured a lot, I think he's good at the moment, just had a real lack of game time in the last 18 months.

You forget how good some of the old boys like Lewsey and Hill were when on form.

Looking at that first try it's still O'Gara's inability to tackle that Might be a clincher for this tour. All that said about Wilkinson you know he's a safe 10 to have.

No Alistair Campbell this tour, so it's already off to a better start.

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MikeyB June 04, 2009 12:02 pm

Ha, still BOD spear tackle comments after 4 years. Jeezzz

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themull June 04, 2009 10:16 pm

Definitely have to agree that that New Zealand team of 2005 and 2006 were probably the greatest rugby team of all time...They were completely unstoppable really...Its a shame they couldnt bring it all the way and end it with world cup success in 07 but hey thats rugby...

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Anonymous June 05, 2009 9:46 am

"The 2005 Nzl team were IMO the best team to ever set foot on a rugby pitch. I mean they were immense!!
Carter, Umaga, Marshall, McCaw the list is endless."

i'd imagine the list was endless, around 15 players? thanks for coming

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Anonymous June 06, 2009 1:20 pm

O garas weak tackling showed for that first try

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