Monday, April 29, 2013

Lions Selector: Scrum Half

For some the 9 spot is nailed on, Mike Phillips found his form in the Six Nations and has a reputation for being a big game player with the aggression of a fighting dog. That's it case closed, case packed and case in the luggage compartment of a big bird to Australia.
It really isn't that simple at scrum half though. Phillips will be on the plane, but his a sure fire, nailed on, cast iron starter for that first test? Phillips had a mare in Australia with Wales. Will Genia's pace and thought were far too much for Wales' handsomest scrum half and at times it looked like Wile E. Coyote chasing road runner.

The Lions have a roadrunner of their own in England's Ben Youngs, a man faster than Mako Vunipola chasing an ice cream van. There have been a few question marks over Youngs' consistency, but he is a talented scrum half who enjoys the international scene. Some think team mate Danny Care may sneak into the squad, but he looks far from the finished international.
Conor Murray will happily put his hand up for selection, his biggest problem being he often looks like a second rate Mike Phillips. Not quite as strong, not quite as abrasive, not quite as inspiring.

Scotland's Greig Laidlaw could also make the tour. He has proven himself on the international stage, is the best kicker of the 9s available, doubles up as an outside half (and place kicker) if needed and has beaten the the Wallabies on their own patch before.

Ultimately, the final decision on the the scrum half could depend on the man outside him and the man opposite him. Will it be a the fighting dog or the road runner?
The Animals - Roadrunner

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