KEV KICKS OFF

Glamorgan Gazette - - Rugby Union - With Kevin El­lis

THE big news this week is that Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien has said the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions could have beaten the All Blacks if they had been coached bet­ter. I’m not sure why O’Brien has come out with this state­ment now.

I think ev­ery­one who saw the Tests know that to draw a se­ries in NZ is a mas­sive achieve­ment as they are the best team on the planet at this present time. They beat the Spring­boks 57-0 last week so I think the Lions and the coaches did a great job .

Well done to Cardiff Blues on their first win of the sea­son, beat­ing Con­nacht 17-15 with a last-minute try and a fan­tas­tic con­ver­sion in windy con­di­tions in Ireland. It wasn’t the best of games but the Blues will be happy with the win.

The Scar­lets bounced back with a great win and a bonus point, beat­ing Ed­in­burgh 28-8 in Parc y Scar­lets. They are play­ing some great at­tack­ing rugby and look­ing to off­load all the time. I think there will be a lot of Scar­lets in the Wales squad for the au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als.

It was sad to watch the Ospreys last Fri­day night against Benet­ton, los­ing 16-6 in Italy. The Ospreys were clue­less in at­tack but credit to Benet­ton, they were fan­tas­tic in de­fence. I think it’s time for changes now. Steve Tandy has got to move on and some fresh coaches are des­per­ately needed. There is no cre­ativ­ity from the Ospreys and con­fi­dence is re­ally low.

The Dragons made whole­sale changes for the trip to Ul­ster and got bat­tered. They were out­classed by Ul­ster who are play­ing some great at­tack­ing rugby un­der backs coach Dwayne Peel. Un­for­tu­nately you can see the Dragons have no strength in depth. QUES­TION: What do you think of Sean O’Brien’s com­ments about the Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions tour? I THINK it’s pa­thetic. I laughed when he said the Lions should have white­washed the All Blacks 3-0. Let’s be hon­est, the Lions were lucky to draw the se­ries. If the All Blacks had taken all their chances it could have been a cricket score.

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