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Simon Griffiths
12-06-05, 20:06
The next mid-week game approaches and the Lions will want to get back to winning ways. (I should write intros for the sports channels! :D )

15. J Lewsey
14. J Robinson
13. B O'Driscoll (capt)
12. G Henson
11. G Thomas
10. J Wilkinson
9. D Peel

1. G Jenkins
2. S Byrne
3. J White
4. D Grewcock
5. B Kay
6. S Easterby
7. N Back
8. M Corry

Replacements G Bulloch, M Stevens, P O'Connell, L Moody, C Cusiter, S Jones, S Horgan

The back-line picked certainly looks to be very strong - particularly with Lewsey, Thomas and O'Driscoll to hit the line, with Henson and Robinson complementing nicely.

Back returns from his suspension and I suspect he will want to put down a marker with his work-effort. Will work well with the grunt of Corry. But why is he playing Easterby? Good player, but he's out there as about 20th choice back row! (I admit to exaggeration). I really can't see the point of the size squad SCW took if he brings people out after injuries (or in this case, slight scare) anyway. As Graham Henry's said to the press, if he did that with New Zealand he'd be accused of cheapening the shirt - and rightly.

Ah well, provided they do the job I'll be satisfied. Another morning off me thinks... ;)

Robert Burns
12-06-05, 20:06
Lions by 33

revenge, of sorts

Dave Pulley
13-06-05, 09:06
Wellington by 12. :)

Phil
13-06-05, 10:06
Lions by 15

robertti
13-06-05, 11:06
Oh Dear; all of us apart from one did apallingly last game! I think I should give up on tipping, second last at the moment. Anyway, Ill take a stab and say Lions by 19.

Mat 04
13-06-05, 12:06
If that backline cant do it, then no back line ever will.

SimonSmith
13-06-05, 13:06
Anyone got a link to the Wellington team listing?

Simon Griffiths
13-06-05, 20:06
Here it is:

The Vodafone Wellington Lions team to play the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Wednesday, 15 June at 7:10pm is as follows:



1 Joe McDonnell (Captain)
2 Mahonri Schwalger
3 Tim Fairbrother
4 Luke Andrews
5 Ross Filipo
6 Kristian Ormsby
7 Ben Herring
8 Thomas Waldrom
9 Piri Weepu
10 Jimmy Gopperth
11 Roy Kinikinilau
12 Tane Tu’ipulotu
13 Ma’a Nonu
14 Lome Fa’atau
15 Shannon Paku

Reserves:
16 Luke Mahoney
17 John Schwalger
18 Kane Thompson
19 Justin Purdie
20 Riki Flutey
21 Tamati Ellison
22 Cory Jane

I get the feeling that we're in for a cracking game! With the Lions naming an awesome back-line and Wellington putting up Fa'atau, Nono, Tu'ipulotu and Kinikinilau in the outside backs there will be fire-works. Gopparth had an outstanding Super 12 given that there were critics of his selection for the Hurricanes, but he worked well with Weepu so it will be a close match.

Third time lucky - Lions by 10.

Simon Thomas
14-06-05, 09:06
Lions by 12

Pablo
14-06-05, 09:06
Why is Scott Waldrom not playing???

Anyway, two very exciting backlines should make for a high-scoring match.

Lions by 11

Waynepipmad
14-06-05, 11:06
Lions by 22

SimonSmith
14-06-05, 14:06
Lions by 24
But if Gopperth hits his stride kicking....

Bryan
14-06-05, 22:06
Lions by 16

HANSON7379
14-06-05, 23:06
LIONS BY 18 :cool:

PeterTC
14-06-05, 23:06
Lions by 23.

didds
15-06-05, 09:06
lions by 16

Pablo
15-06-05, 11:06
Predictions summary:

Rob Lions by 33
Dave Pulley Wellington by 12
Phil Lions by 15
Tim Lions by 19
Smiffy Lions by 24
Noddy Lions by 10
SimonT Lions by 12
Pablo Lions by 11
Wayne Lions by 22
Bryan Lions by 16
Hanson Lions by 18
PeterTC Lions by 23
didds Lions by 16 MADE AT 09:54 AM ON MATCHDAY!!! Tut-tut!

Pablo
15-06-05, 11:06
Actual margin was Lions by 17, therefore scores are as follows:

Rob 16
Dave Pulley 39
Phil 2
Tim 2
Smiffy 7
Noddy 7
SimonT 5
Pablo 6
Wayne 5
Bryan 1
Hanson 1
PeterTC 6
didds LATE PREDICTION: 43 points