The conundrum facing the Wallabies with James O’Connor is this: should they move the No.10 to the right wing, Kurtley Beale to No.10 and Israel Folau to fullback, they would be treading that fine line between revamping a back line and disrupting it. With Digby Ioane and Berrick Barnes gone and Adam Ashley-Cooper in doubt, there will already be a minimum of two changes to the starting XV back line. There are other issues with moving O’Connor to wing and one of them is called George North. There is no way O’Connor would have been able to deny the Welsh giant in the way Folau did for that disallowed try in Brisbane, nor would he have scored the try Folau did in that space that exists on the Lions’ flanks. Coach Robbie Deans finds himself between a rock and a hard place, and coaches who find themselves in those uncomfortable confines commonly stick to their original plan.Dumpling delight
Elements of covering the tour certainly open the eyes to how the other half live. Not so much the players – those warriors deserve their police escorts and superior accommodation. But on Saturday, as us press monkeys flailed away at our keyboards, corporate Australia was enjoying itself in the area below – and they were certainly looking after themselves. First a platter of sushi emerged, whilst in other directions aromatic dumplings whizzed by. Then the thirsty gents got into wines, beers and spirits. Noting our envious glances, one entrepreneur offered us food, ”As long as I get my name in the paper”. It’s reassuring to know the price the public sets for our ethics is as high as a piece of raw fish.Wallaby red herring
The official Wallabies Twitter account sent out a mischievous tweet yesterday morning, which read: ”Rob Simmons has been training at 6 today for the @QantasWallabies as they prepare for the 2nd Test in Melbourne this weekend.” It probably would not have had the Lions’ strategists preparing to face the Reds’ second-rower at blindside in the starting XV, but there might be changes in that area nonetheless. Wycliff Palu was certainly wholehearted on Saturday, but he didn’t have the impact of his performance against the All Blacks last year. At his best, he is a frightening proposition, but he was less than that in Brisbane. The best back-row unit in Australia this year has been the Brumbies’ combination of Ben Mowen, Peter Kimlin and George Smith. Mowen was strong on Saturday and Smith’s availability to the media this week suggests he has a role to play. Deans is an admirer of Kimlin and the big man was excellent against the Lions for the Brumbies. Possible starting XV: Robinson, Moore, Alexander, Horwill, Douglas, Kimlin, Smith, Mowen, Genia, O’Connor, Tomane, Lealiifano, Ashley-Cooper/Horne, Folau, Beale.Mixed motivation
There has been talk the James Horwill not-guilty verdict will rally the Lions, but these things tend to work in mysterious ways. While the very mention of the incident will be enough to make British and Irish blood boil, the Tana Umaga-Brian O’Driscoll incident in 2005 rallied the All Blacks around their captain. A week after O’Driscoll was invalided out of the tour, the New Zealanders destroyed the Lions 48-18 in Wellington. Umaga scored a try that game, and rubbed salt deeper in the wounds by picking up two more the next week.Tweet of the day
”Great to bump into legend Laurie Daley in Brisbane today. Last time we met he took my head off!!!
#widnesvraiders89” @JiffyRugby, aka former Wales dual international Jonathan Davies remembers more hostile times after a meeting with the Blues Origin coach.
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