Brian Moore reveals what the Lions MUST do ahead final Test

Brian Moore has reminded the British & Irish Lions that their epic win on Saturday will count for nothing unless they finish the All Blacks off and win the series at Eden Park in the decider on Saturday.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph the former England hooker and BBC co-commentator England front-rower said: “Let’s get some perspective regarding the 24–21 win by the British and Irish Lions over New Zealand on Saturday in Wellington.

“The Lions were coming off a resounding first Test defeat by the best team in the world; one in which they were outfought and out-thought.



“To turn that around, irrespective of whether New Zealand went down to 14 men, is a huge achievement and they deserve praise for it.

“This feat puts the Lions in a similar position to that of their 1993 counterparts, of which I was one. We squared the series in Wellington with one of the best Lions performances in New Zealand, and went to Eden Park with high hope of taking the series.

“As it happened, despite getting an early lead, we were eventually dispatched with disappointing ease and by 30–13.

“Looking back, I think we were a little too pleased with our second-Test win. We had physically beaten the All Blacks and the margin of victory was one of the highest recorded by the Lions.

“I do not think we displayed the desperation that we had done in Wellington, when we faced ignominy had we lost.

“Make no mistake, the Lions’ win on Saturday was fantastic but it was against 14 men for 60 minutes, with a kicker having an off day. If the Lions lose the third Test the tour will have been a failure, however much they are rightly lauded for their efforts.


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“The second factor in our final Test loss was fatigue. Many players were held together by bits of tape and struggled through the final week’s preparation, though nobody admitted as much.

“In retrospect, it became apparent that some had given their best to win the second Test and had little more to give. This is where the Lions backroom staff have got to be at their best this week.

“They will give it one last blast but need to be in the best condition to do so. If they can; anything is possible.



“The second factor in our final Test loss was fatigue. Many players were held together by bits of tape and struggled through the final week’s preparation, though nobody admitted as much.

“In retrospect, it became apparent that some had given their best to win the second Test and had little more to give. This is where the Lions backroom staff have got to be at their best this week.

“They will give it one last blast but need to be in the best condition to do so. If they can; anything is possible.

“What Gatland has to decide is whether Mako Vunipola, a usually disciplined player, had a one-off aberration in giving away four penalties and getting a yellow card because the Lions cannot afford a repeat of that.

“There is every reason to suggest that this Lions team can go one better than we did in 1993 but that depends on several things. First, their discipline must be far better.

“Ten kickable penalties is an incredibly high figure and, if it happens again, the Lions will not win.

“They limited the Kiwis to only three sustained periods of possession in the Lions 22 and to deny them a try was a remarkable effort but it is one that is unlikely to be repeated. Making sure they match New Zealand for tries is vital.”

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