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  1. #1
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    Arrow Sport News :: NZ Maori just too good for the Lions with a 19-13 win. Ur views?

    Article extract >>

    The Lions slumped to their first-ever defeat to the New Zealand Maori in their third tour match in Hamilton.
    A late Brian O'Driscoll try was not enough to save the Lions after Leon MacDonald had crossed for the inspired Maori in the second half.

    The misfiring Lions spent much of the game defending and lost prop Andrew Sheridan to the sin-bin for a punch at the end of the first half.

    The Lions turned around at 6-6 but were hit by a Maori maelstrom afterwards.

    The Maori, without a win in six matches against the Lions stretching back to 1930, selected their strongest side ever after being allowed to have first call on every eligible player.

    In response, Lions coach Sir Clive Woodward opted for the heaviest front row in Lions history at 54 stone, 10 pounds.

    But the Lions, who face Wellington on Wednesday, were unable to cope with the Maori ferocity at the breakdown and the inspiration of Carlos Spencer as a replacement fly-half early in the second half.

    NZ Maori: (6) 19
    Tries: L MacDonald
    Cons: McAlister
    Pens: Hill (2), McAlister (2)

    British & Irish Lions: (6) 13
    Tries: O'Driscoll
    Cons: Jones
    Pens: Jones (2)

    End extract <<

    For full article and other match facts as well as reaction from both camps :: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugb...al/4080356.stm

    Did you watch it?

    How do you think this reuslt will affect the rest of the tour what does it mean for the starting XV at the first test in Christchurch?

    Sir CLive Woodward put the strongest team yet, for this unofficial fourth testbut they just weren't up to the task on the day. Wilkinson will play his first game against Wellingotn on Wednesday.

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  2. #2
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    Didn't see the game but I can tell you. Any time you're forced to defend for most of the game against a full Maori squad you're going to be in trouble. Those boys are big, hit hard and run fast.

    Having said that, The Lions have been a force of their own these past few years.
    Former Webhost... now, just a guy.

  3. #3
    wished id seen it, well done to the maori's. It was a sad sight to see them demolished by england a while back. Its great to see southern hemisphere rugby recovering from a bad couple of years (now if only england could recover). The defeat is pretty predictable tbh, but if any coach and any squad can pull this around is the prof and the lions. People make too much of wilko, wilko is \ was damn fine, one of the best, but england won on the back of an entire squad of the best (Leonard, Dawson, Robinson, Cohen, Dillydally etc) and a liberal dose of luck thrown in. Ireland and Wales have some amazing players and the Lions when they finally fire in sync will prove a formidible team, the all blacks hopefully will get a good match
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    Rich

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