From Woodward to Horan, Mcgeechan to Cam­pese... ex­perts have their say…

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CLIVE WOODWARD, for­mer Lions and Eng­land coach: “If the Wal­la­bies can string to­gether four or five phases of quick ball then the Lions are in trou­ble.

“If the Lions are go­ing to win they need Jonathan Sex­ton and (Jonathan) Davies to re­pro­duce the magic they showed to­gether in the (New South Wales) Waratahs game.” ED­DIE JONES, for­mer Aus­tralia coach: “You can­not es­cape the fact that there is a Welsh­man in nearly ev­ery key po­si­tion ... Of course, they will play an at­tri­tional game.

“( Ref­eree) Ro­main Poite will favour the Lions at the scrum ... If you keep win­ning penal­ties at the scrum then one try can win you the game. Aus­tralia will have to scrum very, very well.” GRA­HAM HENRY, for­mer Lions and New Zealand coach: “I’d say (Aus­tralia coach) Rob­bie (Deans) is talk­ing about pa­tience this week – ‘we don’t need to push those passes’.

“They looked likely at times (in Melbourne) and then they turned the ball over be­cause they couldn’t be pa­tient.

“I imag­ine they will try and build the game for longer this week.” IAN McGEECHAN, for­mer Lions player, for­mer Lions and Scot­land coach: “War­ren has picked a pow­er­ful side… We have yet to see th­ese Lions in full flow, they are still search­ing for their game.

“The re­turn of (Jamie) Roberts at in­side cen­tre and Mike Phillips at scrumhalf is a huge boost for the Lions.

“This has the look of the side War­ren would have wanted to field from the start of the se­ries. He’s got some Test match an­i­mals in there.” TIM HORAN, for­mer Aus­tralia cen­tre: “Gat­land has rolled the dice and re­turned to the Welsh for­mula. It’s a bit like tak­ing your own We­ber bar­be­cue over to a mate’s place. He’s say­ing: ‘Okay, I’m go­ing to stick with what I know.’

“It looks a stronger team, over­all, than the first and sec­ond Tests, other than in the sec­ond row.” DAVID CAM­PESE, for­mer Aus­tralia winger: “The big dif­fer­ence (in the sec­ond Test) was the Aussies tried things and that’s how they got the (win­ning) try. The Lions just went out there and said, ‘ we’ll de­fend’.

“If you don’t make the ad­van­tage line, the de­fence dom­i­nates and that’s where I think the Lions will strug­gle if they haven’t got some­thing up their sleeve for this Satur­day.” – Reuters

Sources: Daily Mail, News Ltd, Sky Sports, Daily Tele­graph (UK)

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