Analysis: Nationally lopsided British & Irish Lions selections are nothing new. So there.

I despise those who small-mindedly total up the number of

players from each nationality in a Lions line-up; it defeats the object of what

the British & Irish Lions are all about and it leads people to make

pointless, infuriating and irrelevant arguments that have nothing to do with

winning a rugby game. 

However, the

opprobrium that Warren Gatland has received in both the regular and social

media has led me to spend a great deal of time doing that very thing I despise

to make a point, because there’s nothing

this blog won’t do to win an argument. 

Looking back over every

tour since 1971 (yes, I’m that stubborn) proves that selecting

large number of players from one nation is very common, is usually linked to

the most successful home nation at the time (as Wales are now), and certainly

does not “disrespect the ethos of the Lions”.

First Test SHIT/GOOD™ Ratings: British & Irish Lions players

The sun is setting on the day of victory for the Lions, so that means it's time to pour some two-stroke into the famous ratings computer's engine and fire it up for its output of bile and benediction regarding the Lions players' performance.  Give us your comments in the, er, comments…

Leigh Halfpenny – GOOD.  The fullback was solid in his job both with his hands and off the kicking tee.  Positioning was very good, something he is rarely given credit for, and hit the line well when he chose to.  

George North – GOOD.  His try was of the highest quality, a powerful burst and a change of direction that would cause most people of his dimensions to topple like a giraffe on rohypnol.  But his defensive work, while slow to get going – he was hesitant when Genia ran at him for Folau's first try – was also first rate, including a magnificent choke tackle that led to the Lions scrum in the Aus 22 late in the game. Which they duly ballsed up, but that was hardly his fault.  Black mark against him for the Delon Armitage style point and showboat as he scored. We all love you George, please don't become a bit of a twat.

Brian O'Driscoll – SHIT.  Controversial decision by the computer this one.  But, for all his very GOOD work in defence and attack, he gave away two penalties at the breakdown after it was very clear that the ref would not stand for what he was doing and if Aus had better kickers that would've lost the game. Regardless of whether BOD thought he was right and Pollock was wrong, a man of his experience and class must react to the ref better as next time Australia may not miss.

Jonathan Davies – GOOD. Not a barnstormer, but did enough in a fitful team performance.