B&I Lions accused of 'cheating'

Sat, 15 Jun 2013 06:43
Large bob dwyer Large jamie heaslip b i lions bal Large bob dwyer team talk Large owen farrell b i lions appl Large paul o connell b i lions tr

World Cup-winning former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer claims the unbeaten B&I Lions are cheating their way to victory.

World Cup-winning former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer claims the unbeaten British and Irish Lions are cheating their way to victory on their Australian tour.

In allegations that have brought howls of derision from the touring party, Dwyer said he was adamant the tourists were flouting the laws on so many fronts that for the good of the game it could not be allowed to continue.

"We have a great game and there is massive scope for playing attractive rugby," Dwyer told The Australian.

"It's not supposed to be a contest to see who can cheat the best. It's who can play the best."

Dwyer claims the Lions scrummage illegally with their hookers pushing upwards and he also accuses the Lions props of bending the rules in binding.

The 1991 World Cup-winning coach also identified the Lions' delayed shove in the scrum as illegal and accused the tourists of knowingly employing illegal tactics for kick-off receipts.

Dwyer claimed their tactics at the breakdown were designed to ensure they not only win the ball but also delay the arrival of opposing players at the next ruck.

In addition, he said he has problems with their use of decoy runners in attack.

"When they run decoy plays, the decoy runner invariably makes contact with the defender. He doesn't smash him out of the way or anything so blatant, but it has the effect of impeding the defence," Dwyer said.

"You don't have to be smart to cheat," he said.

"You just have to be a cheat."

The Lions camp laughed off the claims with the team's media manager Greg Thomas tweeting: "Dear Bob Dwyer thanks for giving us all a good laugh this morning, think you should give up your day job?"

The Guardian's Robert Kitson, on tour with the Lions, tweeted: "Can't say 'cheating #lions ' burblings are big shock...as the saying goes: 'Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, If Campo [David Campese] don't get ya, Dwyer must."

The Lions were scheduled to face the Waratahs in Sydney later Saturday ahead of next week's opening Test against the Wallabies in Brisbane.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 01 July 2016
Chiefs v Crusaders 07h35 Hamilton
Brumbies v Reds 09h40 Canberra
EP Kings v Griquas 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Blue Bulls v Boland 17h00 Loftus Versfeld
Sat, 02 July 2016
Sunwolves v Waratahs 05h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Blues 07h35 Wellington
Rebels v Stormers 09h40 Melbourne
Free State Cheetahs v Falcons 10h05 Bloemfontein
Golden Lions v Griffons 12h05 Johannesburg
Western Province v Eagles 13h00 Newlands
Namibia v Border 13h00 Windhoek
Cheetahs v Force 13h00 Bloemfontein
Sharks v Leopards 15h00 Durban
Kings v Highlanders 15h05 Port Elizabeth
Lions v Sharks 17h10 Johannesburg
Jaguares v Bulls 21h40 Buenos Aires
B&I LIONS
MORE LOGS