Another British & Irish Lions tour, another crucial mistake. Once again, the Lions seemed to have only one person to blame for their latest series defeat.
#1. Liam Williams (Wales) – 2021
- Major teams British and Irish Lions, Saracens, Scarlets, Wales
- Position Fullback
- Caps 4
The Welshman made a mess of a two-on-one during the series decider between the Lions and the Springboks in Cape Town.
The Scarlets full back had fellow countryman Josh Adams outside him with just one defender standing between them and the try line, however Williams dummied and took the contact.
Had Williams given the pass, Adams would have had a clear run to the line from 30 metres out in the first half to potentially take the tourists into a 3-17 lead.
On the incident, former Lions fly half Ronan O’Gara said: “It probably came down to Liam Williams not hitting Josh Adams outside him to score. Those decisions cost you. In cup rugby, it’s imperative you take your points.”
Following full time, head coach Warren Gatland added: “A 2-on-1 with Liam Williams and Josh Adams, he should have given the pass probably. You get one or two chances at this level and you’ve got to make the most of them because you’ve got to be clinical when they come around.”