GOOD WEEKEND for
1. The Lions
Two wins from their last two outings (final Test in 2009) and they are in control of the series. Australia will come back stronger next weekend – even allowing for their injuries – but this is the victory that the Lions desperately needed, plus they have big-game players like Tommy Bowe ready to be introduced. Happy days.
2. Jamie Heaslip
It was suggested that he was one of the last names included in the original squad. He is now one of the first names on the team-sheet. He was muted during the Six Nations, possibly as a result of the controversy over the captaincy, and freed of that, he has been outstanding.
3. Israel Folau
What a talent. He is outrageously good. The Lions foolishly thought they could test him with high balls. His speed and two tries were outstanding.
Not only did they lose the first Test, they have also lost a number of key players. Berrick Barnes has another concussion, Pat McCabe a neck injury and Christian Leali'ifano was knocked unconscious.
James Horwill was cited for stamping on Alun-Wyn Jones' head, but was cleared after judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC found that "on the balance of probabilities, he could not find an intentional or deliberate action of stamping or trampling." An astonishing decision.
3. Warren Gatland
The Lions won, but he and his coaches were found out a little. The original selection was flawed and the replacements made were poor. Does Warburton's "relationship" with the referee really justify his inclusion in the team?