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Even allowing for Warren Gatland’s quirks, it would be a travesty if Taulupe Faletau replaced Jack Conan for the second Lions Test

Tony Ward


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Jack Conan of the Lions goes past South Africa's Cheslin Kolbe and Siya Kolisi during Saturday's first Test at Cape Town Stadium. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Jack Conan of the Lions goes past South Africa's Cheslin Kolbe and Siya Kolisi during Saturday's first Test at Cape Town Stadium. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

Jack Conan of the Lions goes past South Africa's Cheslin Kolbe and Siya Kolisi during Saturday's first Test at Cape Town Stadium. Photo: David Rogers/Getty Images

We will refrain from describing it as a classic, which it certainly was not. However, given the ludicrous level of hyperbole in the build-up to this first Test, I found the initial meeting of the reigning world champions and the best of the Home Nations gripping.

If you like your sport 100 per cent honest and without frills, then doff your cap to every single player who contributed to this absorbing affair. That goes for both teams.


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