Lions target top two inches

Thu, 20 Dec 2012 07:08
Large rob howley h s Large gatland farrell rowntree ho Large rob howley points 630 Large howley gatland rowntree fa2

Rob Howley reckons the top two inches will be crucial if the British and Irish Lions are to secure series success over the Wallabies next year.

Rob Howley reckons the top two inches will be crucial if the British and Irish Lions are to secure series success over the Wallabies next year.

Howley will make his second tour as an assistant coach and fourth in all, after Warren Gatland selected him among his backroom staff last week.

And while much has been made of the need to dominate the Australians physically in the three-match series in late June and early July, the former Wales scrumhalf knows that the Lions will have to show significant mental strength and intelligence to see off David Pocock and co.

"It's going to take smart, intelligent rugby, with talented players who are allowed to go out and play," said Howley.

"The Australians are hugely talented, intelligent, creative rugby players and they've got a lot of strength in depth. They've got the ability to create something out of nothing when their backs are against the wall.

"We have to match that smartness and I think that's going to be the key to being successful out in Australia."

And while Howley will be looking for mental resolve and real rugby brains with the playing squad, he is convinced he and his fellow coaches will be smarter than they were in 2009 thanks to their experiences on that tour to South Africa under the tutelage of Sir Ian McGeechan.

"For me, 2009 was hugely important," added Howley, who says he and fellow coaches Warren Gatland, Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell will all work as one Down Under.

"Both Graham and I had been to South Africa as players but on a coaching front you realise just how little time you have. You look at the preparation back then and it's an even tighter schedule this time in 2013. We'll be meeting up just two weeks before we play the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

"We've got a very good understanding now as coaches. I've been very friendly with Graham – I got to know him particularly well on the South Africa tour. We work well together and Warren has seen that in 2009.

"I think Graham and Warren will work quite closely with the forwards, and me and Andy with the backs, with Andy primarily with defence and me on attack. But the way it worked back in 2009 is that we all helped each other. We all put into that pot together.

"The one thing about Warren and the environment he creates is that we all have an opinion and we all challenge each other. Hopefully that becomes very evident to the players and you get the same messages, whether that's attack, defence or forward play."

Source: lionsrugby.com

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 21 April 2018
Crusaders v Sunwolves 07h35 Christchurch
Reds v Chiefs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Bulls v Rebels 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Scarlets 14h30 Dublin
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Durban
Zebre v Ospreys 16h45 Parma
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 17h05 Kingspan Stadium
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 22 April 2018
Brumbies v Jaguares 06h05 Canberra
Racing Metro v Munster 14h15 Paris
Fri, 27 April 2018
Munster v Ulster 22h00 Thomond Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 22h00 Sixways
Wasps v Northampton Saints 22h00 Ricoh Arena
London Irish v Saracens 22h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Bath 22h00 Kingsholm
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 22h00 Sandy Park
Kings v Cheetahs 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Treviso v Zebre 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Dragons v Scarlets 22h00 Rodney Parade
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Leinster 22h00 Sportsground
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
B&I Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0
Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
NSW-Queensland 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
NZ Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Maori All Blacks 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0