Sunday 21 January 2018

good night for

1. Jake White

The Brumbies coach has just shown Australia that he knows how to beat the Lions and, in so doing, has thrown down the gauntlet to Wallaby coach Robbie Deans. White wants Deans' job and this win is a massive bargaining chip.

2. Australia

Lions' momentum has been derailed. Their attempt at a 100pc record is in smithereens and the extent of the damage won't be fully known until the first Test next Saturday. This result is a massive fillip to Australia.

3. Those not playing

The players who were rested from this game have their reputations still intact. Sometimes your stock goes up when you don't play!


1. Warren Gatland

His experiment with Shane Williams back-fired. His call-ups didn't repay the faith shown in them. The chance of a 100pc record has been erased and in the week of a Test, their momentum has been slowed. Only time will tell if it's been derailed.

2. Rory Best

His inaccuracy out of touch was again the stand-out feature of his performance. This should have been one of the crowning highlights of his career, but instead it is the game when he played himself out of consideration for the first Test at least.

3. Ben Youngs

His feed was slow, his work at freeing the ball at the breakdown was inadequate and the step-up in the Lions' back play was evident when Conor Murray and Owen Farrell were introduced. Murray must be a strong contender for the bench now.

Irish Independent

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