Former Ireland and Munster Out-half Ronan O’Gara has asked for a good close to the tour to save it while speaking to Rugby Union Weekly during the week, it really has been a disappointing tour with the no fans and the first two tests have been very scrappy and stop start, with referees coming under passive pressure from the coaches.
“The series is 1-1 and I don’t feel any positivity or excitement about this weekend which is startling when you think about who is playing and what’s at stake. It’s very easy to understand the aggrievements of supporters because unfortunately there have been very little positive actions on the pitch.
It is very disappointing because you are talking about the best of the best of the British and Irish Lions against South Africa. There has been cynicism, anger and frustration. The rugby needs to be really strong at the weekend for this series to be saved.”
South Africa are building. They will inevitably be better whereas all of a sudden the Lions is almost a split personality – what are we?
Do we now change our philosophy, change our style and try and exploit the space that is inevitably there? Or do we double down on this type of play that we’ve seen? I think that is what Gatland has done in his selection.
I don’t think it’s the smartest way to get a result, but perhaps it is in the last Test. When you try to play the way the Springboks play and you don’t get results, it ends up pretty ugly.”