British and Irish Lions: Sky Sports experts’ views on the 56-14 victory over Sigma Lions | Rugby Union News


Sky Sports experts and former Lions Sam Warburton, Ronan O’Gara and Sir Ian McGeechan all shared their views on the performance of Warren Gatland’s team after defeating the Sigma Lions 56-14

Last update: 04/07/21 6:52am

Hamish Watson impressed the Lions

The British and Irish Lions won in South Africa. They defeated the Sigma Lions 56-14 in Saturday’s game.

Josh Adams’ four attempts and Hamish Watson’s game performance are the highlights of Warren Gatland’s team against opponents that have been defeated in most departments.

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The highlight of the British and Irish Lions in the first game of the South Africa Tour, they face the Sigma Lions at Ellis Park

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The highlight of the first game of the South African Tour of the British and Irish Lions, they face the Sigma Lions at Ellis Park

The highlight of the British and Irish Lions in the first game of the South Africa Tour, they face the Sigma Lions at Ellis Park

Warburton: Watson “There is no better first game than this”

Sam Warburton quickly praised Hamish Watson after taking the lead in the Scottish international’s first appearance for the Lions.

The front and back rows knew the danger posed by Flanker Watson from his own game day. He had some powerful dribbles with the ball in his hand and posed a threat in the game against the Sigma Lions.

Warburton believes that the Scotland international has few weaknesses in the game, and believes that he has seized one of the back rows before Tom Curry got a chance.

“I have played against him many times and he is undoubtedly one of the best No. 7 players I have played against,” Warburton said.

Lions Rating: Watson and Adams Outstanding Performance

Player ratings were selected from the England and Irish Lions team’s 56-14 victory over the Sigma Lions in Johannesburg.

“Usually, when you play in the back row, you have to be an expert in something, whether it’s hitting, holding the ball or making free throws. He seems to be able to do everything, but it’s really good-quite similar to The grand occasion of Sean O’Brien.

“I think his passing is very explosive. At a distance of more than 5 meters, he may be one of the strongest dribblers in our Lions team. I think he is great on the court and he is also very good at hitting the ball. Work hard.

“He knows he must have an important game because he has Tom Curry. He is one of the best No. 7 players in the world and will start next week. In fact, he cannot have a better first game. A Lions shirt.”

Ogala: Questions against Gatlan at halftime

Finn Russell received a nod in the first half of the game against the Sigma Lions, and Irving Farrell moved from inside center to No. 10 in the late game after Elliott Daley came on the court.

Finn Russell started in the halftime game against the Sigma Lions

Finn Russell started in the halftime game against the Sigma Lions

Russell created some magical moments, but also made some mistakes. The former Lions and Irish international Ronan Ogala believes that he might make better use of the bench at the beginning of the test series against South Africa. On the bench.

Dan Biga, who performed well in Wales and the club’s Northampton Saints, is also fighting for the starting first half position.

“I think the difference between us is whether we can get rhythm or fluency in the stage of the game, and then get diversity in the kicking game,” Ogala said. “If this is a barbarian game, there is no decision-Finn Russell is in 10th place.

“But at this level, 60% is defensive and 40% is offensive. You need to build your team around this because the opportunity to score is very precious and very difficult.

Finn Russell started in the halftime game against the Sigma Lions

Finn Russell started in the halftime game against the Sigma Lions

“Even if you give up 14 points, it would be too much to give up the South African game. You have to be so stingy on defense. Many of them will be crucial, so I really want to know how his performance goes.

“For me, the difference is that, depending on how the game is going, Russell sits on the bench and has a trump card. Can he perform his magic within the first 30 minutes of the test match? Of course I won’t. .”

McGeechan: The Lions lead the Springboks

The game against the Sigma Lions marked the third week of the Lions unity this year. They headed to Jersey for a pre-tour training camp, and then faced Japan at Murrayfield before flying to South Africa.

In contrast, the Springboks on Friday returned to the game for the first time since they lifted the 2019 Rugby World Game in the first of two warm-up matches against Georgia.

The Lions head coach Warren Gatland is very happy to beat the Sigma Lions 56-14 to start the journey to South Africa, and believes that there is more around him

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The Lions head coach Warren Gatland is very happy to defeat the Sigma Lions 56-14 to start the journey to South Africa, and believes that there is more around him

The Lions head coach Warren Gatland is very happy to defeat the Sigma Lions 56-14 and began his journey to South Africa, and believes that there is more around him

Sir Ian McGeechan coached the Lions during his trip to South Africa in 1997 and 2009. He believes that the current head coach Gatland and his team have an advantage over Jacques Ninabel’s men in this regard.

“For now, I will put Gats before Springboks,” McGeechan said. “They have one more game to play, the Lions have four more games, their combination can make a difference, they can get a feeling that they are passing by.

“There is no doubt that they need stronger opposition. Japan is a good opponent for an hour, but this is terrible. The self-discipline to still do the right thing is sometimes the biggest thing that a game like this brings, and you have a Ruthless about what you are doing.

“You don’t do whatever you want, you do what you know you will make a difference in a test match, and you continue to work on the side and have no retreat-even if you are ahead by 50 points.”



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