Sunday 24 September 2017

Lions must go for jugular in Sydney showdown – Kearney

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

ROB KEARNEY believes that the Lions must open up their game plan and score tries in Saturday's decisive third Test.

Leigh Halfpenny kicked all of the tourists' 15 points in their defeat to Australia last weekend which sent the series down to the third and final clash in Sydney.

After giant Welsh wings George North and Alex Cuthbert scored tries in the first meeting, the Lions' limited game plan saw little opportunity to attack through the backline and Kearney, who is unlikely to be involved at the weekend after missing the beginning of the tour with a hamstring injury, believes that a more expansive approach can secure a first series win since South Africa in 1997.

"I feel that we need to be a bit more ambitious in terms of the rugby that we are playing," he writes in his exclusive Lions tour diary in today's Irish Independent.

"We need to back our ability a little bit more, there are some real quality players in the team who can score lots of tries. It is about trying to get into those positions, being more comfortable with ball in hand and looking more dangerous in creating try-scoring opportunities which is something we probably didn't do enough of at the weekend.

"I feel that the Lions team is far superior to Australia's, but we didn't play well (in the second Test). It was important that guys were able to park the defeat and pick themselves up; they still have a decider to come.

"It is really important to park the negative vibes and get back on the horse again."

Irish Independent

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