Lions still hopeful on trio

Tue, 02 Jul 2013 09:45
Large jamie roberts lions injured Large phillips630 Large corbisiero630

The B&I Lions are still hopeful that the trio of Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Alex Corbisiero will be passed fit to face Australia in the series decider in Sydney.

The British and Irish Lions are still hopeful that the trio of Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Alex Corbisiero will be passed fit to face Australia in the series decider in Sydney.

Two of the three players were involved in the Lions' victory in the first Test in Brisbane but were unable to play in the second Test because of their ailments.

Jamie Roberts has not been involved in any matches for the Lions since he injured his hamstring against the Waratahs and was borderline for the second Test and now remains a doubt for the decider.

His Welsh counterpart, Phillips, injured his knee during the first Test and was unavailable for the second match in Melbourne but will be hoping that he will be fit and ready for the final showdown.

Corbisiero injured his calf in the first Test after he put on an incredibly solid display at the scrum and in general play. He showed that he should have been on the first plane out to Australia instead of being called up due to injuries.

Tour manager Andy Irvine says he remains hopeful of having the three players available: "We're hoping so, but the final decision will not be made until tomorrow [Wednesday].

"The medics are reasonably hopeful, but we can't say for certain at this moment," he added.

Irvine, the veteran of five Lions tours, knows that the time between the second and third Test is some of the hardest to deal with and the players are almost on the plane back home.

"I've not got the slightest doubt - I've been on five Lions tours now and believe me after the second Test the boys are physically and mentally exhausted."

The Lions are searching for their first series win since 1997 and having to do it without their capatain could make it that much more difficult.

"This is going to be one of the biggest games the Lions have played in the last 30, 40 years.

"We would dearly love to have our captain, and particularly when he's in such good form. So we can't hide from that, it's a big blow to us.

"[We are] fortunate in that it's one of the positions in the touring party where we have tremendous reserve strength," Irvine added.

SAPA

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 22 September 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Pumas 15h30 Bloemfontein
Cheetahs v Leinster 18h00 Bloemfontein
Glasgow Warriors v Munster 18h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Ulster v Dragons 18h35 Kingspan Stadium
Gloucester v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Kingsholm
Treviso v Ospreys 19h35 Stadio Monigo
Sat, 23 September 2017
Sharks v Blue Bulls 13h00 Durban
Bath v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Recreation Ground
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Saracens v Sale Sharks 14h00 Allianz Park
Connacht v Cardiff Blues 14h15 Sportsground
Western Province v Griquas 15h15 Newlands
Kings v Zebre 17h35 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Scarlets v Edinburgh 18h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 24 September 2017
London Irish v Northampton Saints 13h00 Madejski Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Wasps 14h00 Sandy Park
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