The season to date has been a revelation in some ways. Players are running out of contact and into space with short intensive bursts of passing. The All Blacks have shown the way – again – and have lit a touch paper. Take a look at Lyon of the Top 14 and Newcastle in their opening matches.
The All Blacks invincibility has been somewhat dented – that would seem to be the outcome of the drawn British and Irish Lions Tour. Even the Welsh fancy their chances now as per recent media reports and I suppose if you place certain Welsh players and their coaches into the equation and add a splash of Scarlets magic then they have a point!
The final scoreline in the first Test may obscure the fact that this was a truly excellent contest between the best players in the world. The first half was as good as it gets, each side playing at the edge of their ability.
This Lions tour has been fascinating on a number of levels. We all thought that the Crusaders and the Maoris would post significant try-scoring threats and possibly inflict defeats.
So the Kiwi Press had a field day and called the opening match performance a ‘disgrace to the jersey’. They have already written off the Lions’ chances – well, that is the best news of the tour and will serve as a boost to the squad who already knew that they were up against it. If the tight schedule,
Who would be a Lions coach?! After the Champions Cup Semi Final in Dublin, Andy Farrell’s face was wreathed in an unfamiliar smile as Saracens withstood the Munster fire and progressed to the Final in Edinburgh.