The British and Irish Lions will take on Australia for the second time in two weeks this weekend as they will attempt to end the series as early as possible by defeating the Wallabies in this second test. If they are able to win this match that is being held in the Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, then the Lions won’t have to play a decider as they would be named as the Test Series Champions for the first time since 1997. However, if the Lions fall to Australia this weekend, they will have to play a third and final test to determine who walks away as the Champions.
The British and Irish Lions have made five changes to their squad which won the midweek match convincingly against the Melbourne Rebels 35-0. The Lions will introduce the first brothers to start a test together since 1989 as Ben and Tom Youngs will begin in the second test later on today. This is only their first start together as they were both a key part in last week’s narrow 23-21 victory over their test rivals after Ben Youngs came on as a substitute. In addition to Ben Youngs coming in, Tommy Bowe, Dan Lydiate, Geoff Parling and Mako Vunipola all step in for the appropriate players.
The British and Irish Lions do not take out George North after he scored a wonderful try against Australia last week, but celebrated in a “horrendous” way. When he scored a beautiful individual try pacing past 3 Wallabies players on his way to the try zone, afterwards he made a gesture to Australian Will Genia. After the match he came out and admitted he realised what he did was wrong, and it shouldn’t have happened in what is considered as a gentleman’s game. If he is to score in this second test, he shouldn’t celebrate like that again, but he will be looking for another few tries.
The Lions’ Captain, Sam Warburton stated, “The game can’t come quick enough. The talk among the players has been to make sure we finish it this weekend. It’s been quite strange waking up knowing that this time in five days, then four, three and now two, you could be a Test series winner.” He later suggested, “They (Australia) will bounce back. They were only a kick away from winning last week, so they know they have got every chance of getting the series back. If it was us who were 1-0 down, we would believe we could pull it back.”
The British and Irish Lions Line-up:
Leigh Halfpenny, Tommy Bowe, Brian O’Driscoll, Jonathan Davies, George North, Jonathan Sexton, Mako Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Tom Youngs, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton (Captain), Jamie Heaslip.
Author Daniel Foster.
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