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Alun Wyn Jones To Captain Lions Against Crusaders

Welsh Lock Alun Wyn Jones will lead the British and Irish Lions against their toughest opponents yet, the undefeated Crusaders

The loss to the Blues was a bitter pill to swallow for Lions fans, especially as close as the match was. The offloading attack of the Blues overwhelmed a strong Lions defense, and the Crusaders are capable of even more. In the Crusaders’ last five matches they have averaged 16.2 offloads per match. Alun Wyn Jones and the Lions’ defense will find a way to shut down the offload or the result will be a more extreme version of the Blues match. Israel Dagg and the Crusaders’ back line are phenomenal and will take a great deal of work by the Lions to shut them down.

The Lions’ scrum will get their first look at the actual strength of the All Black Scrum with six of the Crusaders’ eight All Blacks are in the Crusaders’ pack. The Lions’ scrum has been absolutely dominant in both squads, and they have a great amount of talent. This match will be the Lions’ first true test for the scrum.

Lions’ Attack will have to gel in match against Crusaders

The backs for the Lions this match are an impressive bunch, and they will have to be entering this match. 14.5 points per match this tour will not be enough against the Crusaders. The main point for the Lions’ attack will be the kicking game. Owen Farrell and Conor Murray are strong kickers, and the Crusaders are expecting it.

“Northern hemisphere teams, they love a kick, so we will be preparing ourselves to have an aerial battle, and we sent a whatsapp message last night saying that we are going to prepare for those high balls.” Israel Dagg to BBC

The Lions have a lot of offensive weapons to work with. Ben Te’o performed well in the first match of the tour. Stuart Hogg had some difficulties in the first half, but redeemed himself in the second. George North and Conor Murray will be making their Lions debuts against the Crusaders.

Lions Squad

  1. Mako Vunipola
  2. Jamie George
  3. Tadhg Furlong
  4. Alun Wyn Jones
  5. George Kruis
  6. Peter O’Mahony
  7. Sean O’Brien
  8. Taulupe Faletau
  9. Conor Murray
  10. Owen Farrell
  11. Liam Williams
  12. Ben Te’o
  13. Jonathan Davies
  14. George North
  15. Stuart Hogg

Replacements

  • Ken Owens
  • Jack McGrath
  • Dan Cole
  • Maro Itoje
  • CJ Stander
  • Rhys Webb
  • Jonathan Sexton
  • Anthony Watson

Crusaders

  1. Joe Moody
  2. Codie Taylor
  3. Owen Franks
  4. Luke Romano
  5. Sam Whitelock
  6. Heiden Bedwell-Curtis
  7. Matt Todd
  8. Jordan Tafua
  9. Bryn Hall
  10. Richie Mo’unga
  11. George Bridge
  12. David Havili
  13. Jack Goodhue
  14. Seta Tamanivalu
  15. Israel Dagg

Replacement

  • Ben Funnell
  • Wyatt Crockett
  • Mike Alaalatoa
  • Quinten Strange
  • Jed Brown
  • Mitchell Drummond
  • Mitchell Hunt
  • Tim Bateman
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