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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:18 pm 
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Welsh media kings Walesonline have their say telling us there's no debate over who should play 10 for the Lions. Surely will court some reaction on here.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugb ... o-13205616


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There's no debate over who should play 10 for the Lions - one of them is simply a better player

Gatland has a major decision to make and is likely to upset some people

There's no debate over who should play 10 for the Lions - one of them is simply a better player

Gatland has a major decision to make and is likely to upset some people
It concerns No.10 – the most important position in any union team – and for me there’s only one choice if the Lions want to increase their chances of beating Steve Hansen's New Zealand.

Gatland has to start with Johnny Sexton because, put simply, he’s a better player. He was the orchestrator of the conquest of Australia in 2013 and last autumn was a pivotal figure in Ireland beating the All Blacks for the first time in history to end their world record winning streak.

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THE FOUR MAJOR LIONS SELECTION DECISIONS THAT REMAIN AND THE MEN THE EXPERTS THINK SHOULD MAKE THE TEST TEAM
Sexton is a tactical controller New Zealand respect and outplayed Beauden Barrett in Chicago.

Farrell is a manufactured player and I’d also argue Wales play-maker Dan Biggar has performed better than him at outside-half during this tour.

Sure, Farrell has improved since playing second-fiddle to Sexton in Australia for the Lions but benefits when he plays at No.10 with Saracens from the armchair ride provided by Europe’s top club pack.

Canny England boss Eddie Jones picks Farrell at inside-centre because he arguably doesn’t possess the razor-sharp instincts of the very best on-field generals to instantly react to situations.

Sexton sees things early and was masterful in the 32-point walloping the Lions dished out against the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua last weekend.

Kicking for position against New Zealand will have to be inch-perfect and Sexton usually provides unerring accuracy with his touch-finders and raking diagonal punts.


He also pressed in defence as the Lions shut down a dangerous Maori back-line and threatened in attack with a couple of off-the-cuff half-breaks and worked some clever back-line wraparounds out of the Ireland play-book.

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SIR CLIVE WOODWARD PICKS HIS LIONS TEAM FOR THE FIRST TEST... AND RECKONS SAM WARBURTON AND JUSTIN TIPURIC MUST BE IMPACT PLAYERS FROM BENCH
The English media will be outraged if Gatland picks Sexton ahead of Farrel,l although there’s a possibility both could start with the latter at No.12.

Although the Lions coaching staff claimed Sexton and Farrell hadn’t trained as a midfield combo before they found themselves together on the pitch against the Crusaders after injury forced Davies off early, Sexton revealed they had been working on it for three weeks.

But, assuming Gatland sticks with the in-form Ben Te’o and Davies as his centres, there will only be room for Sexton or Farrell.

Both are proven medal-winners but, for me, it’s Sexton who brings that something extra the Lions will need against New Zealand.

Gatland must pick him at No.10 because game-management and dragging the Kiwis into a northern hemisphere style arm-wrestle provides their best chance of beating the All Blacks.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:21 pm 
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Well that has well and truly flabbered my gast.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:22 pm 
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Another quality YOYO post.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:23 pm 
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In what way is Davies "in form" ?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:26 pm 
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Floppykid wrote:
Another quality YOYO post.


Thanks.
Andy Howell has grown on me recently. He's certainly not as biased as Gatland.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:35 pm 
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I've been saying this over the last week.

Sexton is just a far better player than Farrell.
The fact that Sexton was picked against the Maori with the rest of the probable first team before Faz pretended to be injured to save face is telling.
Gatland was giving Jonny the chance to prove he was back in the groove and he delivered decisively.

In fact despite Gatland's other rediculous picks/decisions he has managed the two tens very well regardless of who he decides on. (and in which position)


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:37 pm 
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Jeez, so Yoyo isn't the worst Irish poster.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:39 pm 
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That's you Sefton.


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In what way is Davies "in form" ?


Just look at the Scarlets' last 4 games of the season.


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LandOTurk wrote:
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In what way is Davies "in form" ?


Just look at the Scarlets' last 4 games of the season.


Any good passes?


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When I read 'Wales Online' I was fully expecting them to say Biggar!

There is nothing between the two No.10's if either of them starts it is deserved. Great position for we lions fans to be in.


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LandOTurk wrote:
armchair pundit wrote:
In what way is Davies "in form" ?


Just look at the Scarlets' last 4 games of the season.


Are we still calling that "this season", or is that "last season" now ?


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YOYO wrote:
Welsh media kings Walesonline have their say telling us there's no debate over who should play 10 for the Lions. Surely will court some reaction on here.

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/sport/rugb ... o-13205616


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There's no debate over who should play 10 for the Lions - one of them is simply a better player

Gatland has a major decision to make and is likely to upset some people

There's no debate over who should play 10 for the Lions - one of them is simply a better player

Gatland has a major decision to make and is likely to upset some people
It concerns No.10 – the most important position in any union team – and for me there’s only one choice if the Lions want to increase their chances of beating Steve Hansen's New Zealand.

Gatland has to start with Johnny Sexton because, put simply, he’s a better player. He was the orchestrator of the conquest of Australia in 2013 and last autumn was a pivotal figure in Ireland beating the All Blacks for the first time in history to end their world record winning streak.

READ MORE
THE FOUR MAJOR LIONS SELECTION DECISIONS THAT REMAIN AND THE MEN THE EXPERTS THINK SHOULD MAKE THE TEST TEAM
Sexton is a tactical controller New Zealand respect and outplayed Beauden Barrett in Chicago.

Farrell is a manufactured player and I’d also argue Wales play-maker Dan Biggar has performed better than him at outside-half during this tour.

Sure, Farrell has improved since playing second-fiddle to Sexton in Australia for the Lions but benefits when he plays at No.10 with Saracens from the armchair ride provided by Europe’s top club pack.

Canny England boss Eddie Jones picks Farrell at inside-centre because he arguably doesn’t possess the razor-sharp instincts of the very best on-field generals to instantly react to situations.

Sexton sees things early and was masterful in the 32-point walloping the Lions dished out against the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua last weekend.

Kicking for position against New Zealand will have to be inch-perfect and Sexton usually provides unerring accuracy with his touch-finders and raking diagonal punts.


He also pressed in defence as the Lions shut down a dangerous Maori back-line and threatened in attack with a couple of off-the-cuff half-breaks and worked some clever back-line wraparounds out of the Ireland play-book.

READ MORE
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD PICKS HIS LIONS TEAM FOR THE FIRST TEST... AND RECKONS SAM WARBURTON AND JUSTIN TIPURIC MUST BE IMPACT PLAYERS FROM BENCH
The English media will be outraged if Gatland picks Sexton ahead of Farrel,l although there’s a possibility both could start with the latter at No.12.

Although the Lions coaching staff claimed Sexton and Farrell hadn’t trained as a midfield combo before they found themselves together on the pitch against the Crusaders after injury forced Davies off early, Sexton revealed they had been working on it for three weeks.

But, assuming Gatland sticks with the in-form Ben Te’o and Davies as his centres, there will only be room for Sexton or Farrell.

Both are proven medal-winners but, for me, it’s Sexton who brings that something extra the Lions will need against New Zealand.

Gatland must pick him at No.10 because game-management and dragging the Kiwis into a northern hemisphere style arm-wrestle provides their best chance of beating the All Blacks.


Which medals are these?


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:18 am 
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Vahian wrote:
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Which medals are these?


Sexton
Pro12 x 3
European Cup x 3
6n x 2
Lions series win x 1

Farrell
Aviva Premiership x 3
European Cup x 2
6n x 2 (Grand Slam x 1)
Lions series win x 1
European Player of the Year x1


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Tim. wrote:
Vahian wrote:
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Which medals are these?


Sexton
Pro12 x 3
European Cup x 3
6n x 2
Lions series win x 1

Farrell
Aviva Premiership x 3
European Cup x 2
6n x 2 (Grand Slam x 1)
Lions series win x 1
European Player of the Year x1


Yeah, but apart from those....


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That website is dreadful. How does anyone use it with all those popups and screens within screens.


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alliswell wrote:
That website is dreadful. How does anyone use it with all those popups and screens within screens.

Some next level trolling from YOYO.


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Floppykid wrote:
alliswell wrote:
That website is dreadful. How does anyone use it with all those popups and screens within screens.

Some next level trolling from YOYO.

Well he just gave me epilepsy so I hope he's happy


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Frodder wrote:
Tim. wrote:
Vahian wrote:
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Which medals are these?


Sexton
Pro12 x 3
European Cup x 3
6n x 2
Lions series win x 1

Farrell
Aviva Premiership x 3
European Cup x 2
6n x 2 (Grand Slam x 1)
Lions series win x 1
European Player of the Year x1


Yeah, but apart from those....


Think Sexton won the 50 metre dash at a school sports day yesterday.


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Mr. Very Popular wrote:
Frodder wrote:
Tim. wrote:
Vahian wrote:
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Which medals are these?


Sexton
Pro12 x 3
European Cup x 3
6n x 2
Lions series win x 1

Farrell
Aviva Premiership x 3
European Cup x 2
6n x 2 (Grand Slam x 1)
Lions series win x 1
European Player of the Year x1


Yeah, but apart from those....


Think Sexton won the 50 metre dash at a school sports day yesterday.



Faz won the egg and spoon race therefore a dead cert to play at 10


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Frodder wrote:
Mr. Very Popular wrote:
Frodder wrote:
Tim. wrote:
Vahian wrote:
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Which medals are these?


Sexton
Pro12 x 3
European Cup x 3
6n x 2
Lions series win x 1

Farrell
Aviva Premiership x 3
European Cup x 2
6n x 2 (Grand Slam x 1)
Lions series win x 1
European Player of the Year x1


Yeah, but apart from those....


Think Sexton won the 50 metre dash at a school sports day yesterday.



Faz won the egg and spoon race therefore a dead cert to play at 10

But together they won the wheelbarrow race so both should start


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Any chance of seeing Henshaw and JJ together in midfield?


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