sport news SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Poor warm-up games won't help Warren Gatland and the Lions

sport news SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Poor warm-up games won't help Warren Gatland and the Lions
sport news SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Poor warm-up games won't help Warren Gatland and the Lions
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Poor warm-up games won't help Warren Gatland... they will be of limited use and the teams were incredibly poor, so it's just as well the Lions have such a canny coach as this Tour is proving difficult I don't envy Warren Gatland one bit with the goalposts on tour changing often  The lack of quality opposition in the two games in South Africa has been an issue  Other than as a guide to who is fit and firing, these matches will be of limited use 

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It’s just as well the Lions have such a canny, experienced coach as Warren Gatland because this tour is proving incredibly challenging. We knew it would be but the events of the last week have underlined that.

The goalposts seem to change every day. Players test positive for Covid and have to isolate along with close contacts and matches are cancelled at short notice.

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I don’t envy Warren one bit and I take my hat off to everybody involved in trying to make this tour happen.

It's just as well the Lions have a coach as canny as Warren Gatland because this tour is difficult

It's just as well the Lions have a coach as canny as Warren Gatland because this tour is difficult

And on top of all this is the lack of quality opposition in the first two games in South Africa. The Sigma Lions and Natal Sharks were incredibly poor and didn’t field any of their Springboks, who are all in the South Africa team bubble.

They provided no kind of relevant warm-up, no physical test up front and no kind of work-out at scrum time, which is where the Boks will look to dominate in the Tests. Now comes news the Lions will play the Sharks again on Saturday. Other than as a guide to who is fit and firing, these matches are

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