5 Things We Learnt – British & Irish Lions v Waratahs

OPINION 1.       The Lions are playing hard at the breakdown: The Lions built the win against the Tahs by being hard at the breakdown. Under a New Zealand coach the Lions have their mobile back row playing far more like those in a Kiwi side than a European side – gone are [...]

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