The British and Irish Lions must look to Abba for inspiration if they want to beat the All Blacks this winter – and although there is a Waterloo in New Zealand, that’s not what we’re on about.
To paraphrase Welsh hooker Ken Owens, the Lions need to “take a chance, take a chance, take a chance, chance, chance” whenever it’s presented to them on their tour. Apparently that was the big difference between Wales and the All Blacks when they played each other last year. That and the fact the Kiwis are shitloads better than Wales.
“That’s one thing we learnt from the tour last year was they, in the first two games, created four or five opportunities and took them,” he said.
“And from a Welsh point of view we created probably as much if not more than them and didn’t take them.”
Just to recap, Wales lost the series 3-0 including a 46-6 spanking in the final Test. So maybe “taking chances” wasn’t the only difference between the teams.
That said, he’s right about one thing – this is one of the strongest Lions teams on record. So if they’re ever gonna beat the All Blacks in New Zealand, now’s the time.
“You look at the quality of player that’s in the squad it’s unbelievable,” said Owens.
“That’s one of the best squads assembled for a Lions tour for a long time. I think a lot of the players who’ve missed out as well have been right at the top of their game for club and country and they haven’t made the tour.
“That’s how tough it’s been for the coaches to select the squad and we’ve got a massive opportunity now to go to New Zealand with confidence.”
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