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Getting into Shark infested waters | Lions Weekly Spherical-up #2

The British & Irish Lions Weekly round-up, delivered to you by The Well-known Grouse

The Lions are up and operating on South African soil, with a convincing 56 – 14 win over their namesakes – the Sigma Lions – in Johannesburg.

TEAM NEWS
Robbie Henshaw won’t be obtainable for the sport with the C Cell Sharks on Wednesday, a hamstring damage seeing the Irish centre sidelined in the intervening time, but it surely’s fortunately delicate. “Robbie has a really delicate hamstring pressure which can preserve him out of the following sport,” a Lions spokesperson stated. Henshaw is a favorite to start out the Assessments and Warren Gatland might be longing for the Athlone man to be a part of the choice dialog in two weeks time.

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A constructive for the staff is that there’s hope Alun Wyn Jones may make a miraculous restoration from his dislocated shoulder to play some half within the sequence in opposition to the Springboks. Jones’ alternative Adam Beard begins this week in opposition to the Sharks, however there may be nonetheless hope for the Wales captain after it was initially thought that the damage he sustained within the opening minutes of the match in opposition to Japan would rule him out of the tour utterly.

OFF THE PITCH
Head coach Gatland admitted that large sport nerves nonetheless large video games, together with his matchday toileting habits. “I’m at all times nervous within the field. It’s in all probability no completely different to after I was enjoying. I’m going and have a nervous poo, simply precisely like I used to be enjoying,” the previous Waikato hooker stated. “I don’t imply to be crass, however I’m simply as nervous on the morning of the sport with the butterflies.”

STAT OF THE WEEK
Josh Adams’ 4 tries in opposition to the Sigma Lions was really the twenty ninth time a Lions participant had bagged that quantity or extra, as Stuart Farmer identified on Twitter. The final participant to take action was Shane Williams, who scored 5 in opposition to Manawatu in 2005.

TOURIST OF THE WEEK
Stuart Hogg stood as much as be counted when handed the captain’s armband in opposition to the Sigma Lions. His 60 metre chase down of Sibusiso Sangweni stood out.

TWEET OF THE WEEK
Iain Hay didn’t want to elucidate what he meant when tweeting ‘Too small’ after the Lions victory. Hamish Watson’s all-court efficiency banished all speak that the Edinburgh flanker’s measurement is likely to be a consider South Africa.

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