Sunday, June 09, 2013

HSBC Lions Weekly - Perth and Brisbane

The latest HSBC Lions Weekly reflects on the win over the Reds and looks at things from a Wallaby point of view as legends Nathan Sharpe and George Gregan share their thoughts on performances, regrets and mind games.

After three tour games the Lions remain unbeaten, but the challenge gets tougher from here as a short turn around time and increased intensity means the squad will be stretched to their limits.

There is little time for the players to reflect though, as the next midweek team has already been chosen (see below), and focus shifts to Newcastle on Tuesday, where they will be facing a Combined Country team, which comprises of Queensland and New South Wales players.

Before that, Lions Weekly reflects on the two games played on Australian soil, and we get to hear from Wallaby legends Sharpe and Gregan, who share their views on all things Lions.

"Leigh Halfpenny is one of the best kickers in world rugby. I really like his technique," said Sharpe.

"It didn't surprise me as he kicks really well for Wales and clearly if he's in the test team you'd expect him to be the kicker."

British and Irish Lions team to face the Combined Country XV

15. Sean Maitland, 14. Alex Cuthbert, 13. Brian O’Driscoll (Captain), 12. Jamie Roberts, 11. George North, 10. Stuart Hogg, 9. Conor Murray, 1. Alex Corbisiero, 2. Richard Hibbard, 3. Dan Cole, 4. Richie Gray, 5. Ian Evans, 6. Sean O’Brien, 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Jamie Heaslip
Replacements
16. Rory Best, 17. Ryan Grant, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Alun Wyn Jones, 20. Tangaki Taulupe Faletau, 21. Mike Phillips, 22. Jonathan Davies, 23. Leigh Halfpenny

You can view all Lions Weekly and Lions related clips in our British and Irish Lions 2013 section

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stroudos June 10, 2013 10:44 am

O'Brien-Tipuric-Heaslip is a tidy back row. Looking forward to that.

Bit surprised to see Hogg at flyhalf - has he played much there before?

Forgive the white-tinted glasses, but I really think Corbisiero especially and Cole are the best operators in their respective positions. I hope to see them smash it up tomorrow.

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UpTheLowEnd June 10, 2013 1:44 pm

Hoggs always been cover for 10 so I guess he must have some experience there, totally agree about Cole for sure and Corbisiero has the potential no doubt! Although given that this is the 3rd game Cole has played in in however many days, he might not be fresh enough to show his best, heres hoping though!

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