Podcast: British & Irish Lions Tour Special 2021 – Ep 2

Cammy, Iain and Craig take a look at the Lions first two games on tour against the Sigma Lions and Cell C Sharks. They discuss the Scottish players performances and where they stand in terms of the final test squads.

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22 comments on “Podcast: British & Irish Lions Tour Special 2021 – Ep 2

  1. James on

    What a pack! Back row in particular looks like starting test trio for me. Not sure what’s happening with the backs though. Harris at 12 is interesting, I wonder if it it is a trial to see if he’s versatile enough to to take a place in the test team or on the bench.

    • Saint4805 on

      We saw Aki and Daly at 12/13 in the last test and this time it’s Harris & Daly. I think they want to compare both combos but it does look like Daly has the 13 shirt assuming Henshaw is out.

      I wonder if they have abandoned the option of Farrell at 12 due to not working v Sigma Lions and because he faired better at 10 last time out.

    • NewHavenBoy on

      Not sure Conan will be the 8 and Hill is never the test starter but the other 6 forwards could be the test starting eight.

  2. NewHavenBoy on

    6 – 2 split again. And no Hogg. So I wonder if he is still isolating?

    A bit of me wishes the Lions played a lot more forwards based rugby this time to really get that in synch. Couple of maul tries and some simple bashing away at the line is probably more needed in terms of practice than another 6 tries shared amongst the wingers.

    With Bierne, Itoji and Mish we could see a pile of turnover ball as well which will be fun.

  3. Fraser on

    Team for SA A is out

    only 1 Scot (Harris), and Fagerson on the bench.

    Looks like they are sticking with the prop pairings which basically rules Fagerson out of the test 23 as Vunipola is 3rd choice Loose head by a mile.

    Hogg still AWOL so if he isn’t back by Saturday it doesn’t look good for his test chances.

    Still not that close to the likely test 23, probably can’t read too much into the selection.

    • Rob on

      Hogg’s injury worse than thought or did he get Covid and not fully recovered? Also, no Henshaw either

      • Wyn Warboyes on

        Maybe he is just nailed on , does not need an injury, Hogg is nailed on isnt he ! We will be saving him for the test, build all the moves around him.

      • Grumpy on

        It is not in Hogg’s interest to be on the sidelines. But Gatland knows what he can do , it is now time to see what others can do . It is a test 23 that is needed. But with so little match time of late , even before arriving, he might be the impact replacement.

  4. murrayfield on

    Isn’t Hogg just isolating as a close contact? I think all players were cleared of positive testing. In which case being quarantined in a small hotel room for a week won’t help his aerobic fitness!
    Of course might also be that he hasn’t recovered from the dead leg.

    • Fraser on

      Yes, it’s very unclear if it is still the injury that he hasn’t fully shaken off, or if he is self-isolating – possibly both.

      I would imagine they could arrange for him to be outside by himself even if so.

  5. Saint4805 on

    The Boks A team is almost a full strength Boks team. Should be a great test for the Lions and a good barometer in terms where they are. Let’s see how Josh Adams does up against Kolbe.

    Le Roux; Kolbe, Am (capt), De Allende, Nkosi; Steyn, De Klerk; Kitshoff, Dweba, Nyakane, Etzebeth, Mostert, Van Staden, Du Toit, Wiese.

  6. pytelium on

    11 Welsh and English start plus 4 Scots and Irish..start this Wednesday.

    I predicted at the start a maximum of 6 Irish plus Scots will start the first test.

  7. NewHavenBoy on

    That South African A side is very tasty looking. Nice to see young up and comers like Etzebet, Kolbe and de Allende get a chance. ;-)

    Perhaps we may even see teams kick for goal off penalties.

  8. wingforward07 on

    You have to feel for Hoggy. He’d be going spare confined to a Jo-burg hotel room, away from the team, riots in the streets outside and unable to take part or contribute to a tour he so obviously deserves to belong to. It’s fair to say he hasn’t had the best of luck on Lions tours.

    • Rob on

      Something more serious for Hogg I suspect. Almost total silence on him from the Lions both on Covid and injury front.

      • FF on

        Surely if it was serious he’d have been ruled out of the tests and sent home. I’m not saying he’ll definitely be fit for Saturday but if he had no chance there would be no purpose in radio silence.

  9. Ardent on

    The radio silence has been a bit ridiculous but suggested in the Times that Hoggy (and presumably Townsend) will be rejoining the squad in Cape Town later today.Of course whilst that covers isolation no update either on his dead leg.Really needs to play on Saturday if he can be cosidered for 1st Test.A back three for Saturdayof him,DVDM and Liam Williams would fit in perfectly. given those playing tonight

  10. Saint4805 on

    The Lions have really made an effort to conceal who the positive case and close contacts were which I guess is fair enough given people’s medical records should be kept private if they so choose. The Boks on the other hand have openly stated who the positive cases have been. It’ll be interesting to see if Toonie magically reappears next to Gatland in the coaches box tonight as they weren’t showing who was sitting on Gatland’s right in the last game.

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