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Lions watch: Round 2 – The Backs

Written by Andre Liebenberg (King Shark)

Posted in :Six Nations, Wallabies on 14 Feb 2013 at 11:30
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With the second round of the Six Nations behind us, it is a good time to continue the speculating on the composition of the team that will take on the Aussies later this year. Again, I base my selection on this past weekend’s performance only, so bear that in mind before you start baying for my blood!

15. Leigh Halfpenny remains the most likely to don the 15 jersey when they run out for the first test against Australia but Stuart Hogg has followed up last week’s performance with another great showing. He must certainly be in with a shout to make the tour squad.

14. I am selecting two different wingers this week, testament to the depth the home unions currently have amongst their outside backs. Sean Maitland was the pick of the bunch at right wing. Constantly looking for work and running great lines off of his flyhalf. This is the talented speedster we came to know as he played for the Crusaders in Super rugby.

13. BOD is still my first choice but purely for consistency I have to mention Brad Barritt. These two are most certainly the two outside centres that will go on tour.

12. The aptly named Matt Scott gets the nod this week after a blistering performance against Italy. He scored and created tries. It was a tough call with Jamie Roberts putting in a big performance with solid defense, chasing the high ball and regularly crossing the gain line. In the end I went with Scott because of his distribution skills. I much prefer a center that is able to unleash the players on his outside and with the outside backs that the Lions will have at their disposal it would be a crime not to exploit them.

11.I was pleasantly surprised by George North’s performance. I truly hope that he will regain the confidence and form that made him one of my favourite players to watch a year ago.

10.Owen Farrell made a big statement by outplaying Johnny Sexton in their personal dual over the weekend. This kid has composure and I am finally starting to see what the hype up north was all about. Give this guy five years and he will be one of the best on the planet.

9.It was a tough call to ignore Greig Laidlaw after a very good performance but I cannot ignore Ben Youngs’ steady performances and his partnership with Farrell.

I am sure you all have your opinions on who should make the BIL squad, feel free to share! Forwards to follow shortly!


  • Yeah! And now for the forwards post, Rob?

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.02.13 11:36:36 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 1) : have scheduled it for an hour’s time… don’t want to overload the peeps :)

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.02.13 11:37:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • Makes sense, thanks!

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.02.13 11:50:44 by King Shark Reply
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  • Nice one KingShark…

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.02.13 11:58:12 by Viking Reply
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  • Owen Farrel is seriously making a play for the 10 jersey. No one else seems to be challenging him at this stage.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.02.13 11:59:14 by Viking Reply
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  • I do hope BOD makes it for the BIL tour. I would love to see him having one last swann-song for the BIL’s

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.02.13 12:00:24 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 5) : I still disagree with his POTY nomination last year but I reckon he will get a couple of legitimate nominations in the years to come.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.02.13 12:20:19 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 7) : Well if he keeps on playing like he is and he can crack the nod for the BIL’s and they beat Aus, then maybe POTY nomination may be on the cards again.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.02.13 12:23:11 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 8) : I don’t doubt that they will be Australia. The quality at their disposal is tremendous. They can match the Ausies in almost every position, with Pocock and Genia the only two players that are clearly better than the NH counterpart.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.02.13 13:36:51 by King Shark Reply
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  • @King Shark (Comment 9) : The BIL’s has no excuse not to take it against AUS this year. They would have only themselves to blame. My prediction is a 3 – 0 whitewash unless they sacrifice the last game like we did.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.02.13 16:36:17 by Viking Reply
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  • Farrell is gonna become a really good player. He’s so composed for a 21 year old flyhalf, great awareness and wonderful distribution

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.02.13 21:10:39 by Ludz Reply

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