Tuesday 24 October 2017

The Left Wing - Luke Fitzgerald delivers gloomy prediction ahead of Lions series decider in Auckland

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Luke Fitzgerald is not expecting the Lions to secure a first series victory in New Zealand since 1971 and believes they could be in line for a trimming at Eden Park this weekend.

The first half dismissal of Sonny Bill Williams gave Warren Gatland's men the edge in the second Test and they delivered a 24-21 victory in an absorbing encounter in Wellington.

Despite losing Williams for the final test, Fitzgerald believes the Kiwis will bounce back at the spiritual home in Auckland, where they haven't lost since 1994.

The former Irish winger, who wants to see Jack McGrath drafted into the starting XV on Saturday, believes the Lions could be set for a heavy loss and a series defeat.

"I think the All Blacks by 20. I think the Eden Park factor, that (Saturday's win) will have taken a lot out of the Lions and I think they will be hard to beat back there," he told The Left Wing today.

"I think they'll sort it out in the pack and get a bit more right.

I think that was a monumental effort from the Lions and tehy would have expended an awful lot. They'll be off holidaying this week, which is a good thing but it might be all they've got.

"Aaron Smith's comments on this being a 'World Cup final' have changed my mind and I think they're going to be really hard to beat."

His special guest on today's show Hayden Triggs went for Steve Hansen's men too and believes the gap will be 12 points.

Watch the full episode of The Left Wing below:

#WATCH Luke Fitzgerald & Hayden Triggs on the Lions' epic 2nd Test win over the All Blacks and their chances for the deciding third Test

Posted by Independent.ie on Monday, July 3, 2017

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