He's a brilliant player and was in great form, he's just unlucky that its a position of real strength.
Yeah he has a point that Lawes was picked on reputation rather than form, but he lived up to that reputation. AWJ was always going to come back in if there was any chance he was going to be fit and yes that's favouritism because that wouldn't have been the case for anyone else, but it was always going to happen. Beard did will but was certainly a bit lucky to leapfrog Hendie.
He was unlucky, but I don't know if I'd agree it was odd or some sort of travesty.
Gatland's gameplan though - don't get me started