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We had finished our team run and I was thinking that a good match against hawke’s Bay might keep me in the team for the second Test, writes andy Reed of the 1993 Lions tour. It was normal to shower back at the hotel so we were keen to get going, but we had to wait on the bus as Ian McGeechan finished his session with the other players.
It was suggested we should fill up the seats at the back to p*** them off for keeping us waiting, them being the ‘ dream Team’. dean Richards and Peter Winterbottom et al would normally occupy the back row, with the less experienced such as me towards the front.
Then someone fetched a box of oranges from the changing room. Once the dream Team were on board and the bus moving, the plan was to let them have it, it being the oranges we were armed with in our advantageous position at the rear.
after what seemed an eternity, they boarded. Winters’ and deano’s faces were a picture but even they realised we were p***ed off at the wait and took the remaining seats.
as the bus pulled away, we let fly with our ammo. Poor Martin Bayfield’s head was well proud of the seat’s back and presented a large target, but no one was safe.
It came to an end when the driver had to stop to clean the inside of the windscreen as he couldn’t see! l From Roars from the Back of the Bus, pub by Mainstream (2012).