I thought my first article for the website should be a cracker and what a topic to inaugurate on. Lions. All Blacks. And one of the biggest and most nerve-wracking matches ever held on New Zealand soil.
The scores sit at one-a-piece after the first two test matches. The fortress of Eden Park proved too much of a homecoming for the All Blacks. Yet at Westpac Stadium the Lions seemed to have the All Blacks circled and I’m not meaning by the grandstand.
The third test splits opinion depending on where you originated. If you are from Britain or Ireland, you believe that the All Blacks will suffer their first loss at Eden Park since 1994. If you live anywhere else, you believe the Lions have an improbable task ahead.
Myself. I think the All Blacks will clinch it in the second half as I had a dream earlier in the week that prophesied that. I’m not quite the Virgin Mary but I am a Catholic so I think the dream is valid.
The Lions know finding a win at Eden Park will be harder to find than Osama Bin Laden. Yet their confidence is up there with Bob Marley after a concert.
When you cut the crap, this weekend has a few major talking points:
All Blacks Backline Blues
Not a reference to the super rugby team or Sonny Bill Williams act of idiocy last Saturday. Rather, the fact Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett are starting for the All Blacks for the first time. Two men who were filling their diapers with excrement not too long ago will be doing the same this weekend when they hit the hallowed turf at 7:30 for their country’s anthem.
Unfortunately, whoever pulls the strings upstairs when it comes to the weather has at least a 5 point influence this weekend without a shadow of a doubt. The Lions need to score tries if they want to beat the All Blacks and claim the test series. This will make it immensely easier if God decides to turn the tap on and let Auckland get drenched in rain. The attacking rugby of the All Blacks will be expunged to a degree and the Lions will have a very realistic shot at taking the match in historic fashion.
Gatland a candidate for Minister of Defense?
Warren Gatland said after the second test that the Lions have not been tested in their defence. With both Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell in the backs then crikey dick you have your work cut out to penetrate it. The All Black’s had a flurry of defences to that comment, however, Gatland has a point and a good one at that. So here’s an additional cent to the two cents I gave you above. The team who scores the most tries on Saturday will win the match. The All Blacks can’t and won’t loose at Eden Park and this time the Colosseum will see the Lion be the victim.
Take a look at the two previous tests to build your anticipation.