Posts Tagged "2017 British and Irish Lions tour"

A rush defence will not undo the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship – and it didn’t for the Lions series.

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It was an epic tour. Faith No More, almost epic. Emotions were high with so much at stake in a 12-year event.

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As a fanatical Wallabies and Reds supporter, it has been a delightful relief to watch the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand as a neutral observer.

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In the pouring rain under the bright lights of the cake tin the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions played out a gripping encounter that will long be remembered for its intensity and physicality, if not necessarily its beauty.

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The British and Irish Lions have completed their mid-week schedule on the 2017 New Zealand tour, playing out a thrilling 31-all draw with the Hurricanes in Wellington at a sold out Westpac Stadium.

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The British and Irish Lions play their last non-Test opposition for the 2017 tour this evening, visiting Wellington to play the Hurricanes at Westpac Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 5.35pm (AEST).

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No – it’s not a reference to the heat growing on Theresa May at 10 Downing Street. No politics here. Far more important than that, it’s the topic of the forthcoming series between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand.

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After another State of Origin thriller there’s a full slate of AFL and NRL this weekend, but of course don’t forget to fit in the Wallabies Test and top it all off on Sunday night with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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The Chiefs have succumbed to the British and Irish Lions in Hamilton, comfortably beaten by 34 points to 6 by their more experienced and composed opposition, with the Lions defence again proving too difficult to overcome.

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Though everyone should be talking about a dominant win against the Maori, Warren Gatland’s selection shockers have overshadowed a solid Lions’ performance.

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The pre-game show at AMI Park on Saturday evening featured medieval knights in Crusader livery galloping around the edges of the playing surface, whirling flashing blades above their heads as they tried to whip up some fervour in the rain-sodden crowd.

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The Chiefs and Hurricanes game on Friday night was a cracker, as was the Lions and Crusaders match its own way – but unfortunately both were marred by continuous backchat to the refs.

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The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour continues this evening as they travel south to Dunedin for an outing against the Highlanders. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage with kick off scheduled for 5:35pm (AEST) from Forsyth Barr Stadium.

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This weekend provided a fascinating contrast between northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere rugby.

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The British and Irish Lions got their tour of New Zealand back on track with an intense 12-3 victory over the Crusaders, arguably the strongest Kiwi Super Rugby outfit.

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Warren Gatland has picked what could be the strongest Lions squad for the match against the Crusaders this Saturday at 5.30pm (AEST).

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There were ominous signs. It was steadily raining and we were trudging to the Lions versus Blues match at Eden Park, a stadium often referred to as a concrete jungle.

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The Maori All Blacks side has just been named and glancing over the players it’s clear that any international team would kill for similar quality in the backs.

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The British and Irish Lions have lost their first match of the 2017 tour, falling to the Blues in Auckland’s Eden Park. The Blues won the game 22-16, scoring three tries to the Lions’ sole effort.

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The bookmakers gave odds of $1 to $1.01 on a victory for the 2017 British and Irish Lions to win their first game of their New Zealand against a New Zealand Barbarians side made up of part-time professional rugby players who had never played together.

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