Lions Up Against All Blacks
Fans of the British Lions rugby team have been trying for days to come up with the line up that is being thought about for the crunch match against the All Blacks, with the winner-takes-all match set to have huge ramifications on coach Warren Gatland, and his reputation.
Following the loss last week in the second match in the series, the usually formidable team of New Zealand definitely needs gearing up. The Lions will be looking to match their most recent performance in the Test series win.
Johnny Sexton feels that is now ready for the battle, though admits his nerves seem to have become much worse in recent weeks! Being a fly half of Ireland, he will be directing the Lions in the back line along with Owen Farrell, the playmaker from England. This will be the final Test and third of the series, and is being held in Auckland this Saturday and promises to be a stellar game of rugby, in stadium that could have been sold out 3 times over, such has been the popularity for tickets!
Johnny Sexton says that his nerves do not let him rest easy, especially when there is a game scheduled. But it does work to his advantage when it comes to how he performs in the actual matches. Indeed, as Sexton puts it, the level of nerves only testifies to how phenomenal a game is and these are lifetime moments that one needs to prepare for. Sometimes the game does get easier, but other times they get worse as well – as a Lions player you need to play it like it is your last. Hence, you need to control your nerves and do the best you can. However, if you weren’t nervous, it would mean that you do weren’t taking it seriously.
This is the last game and it being against the World Cup winners, it does weigh in on the Lions team. However, both fans and players alike need to cherish the moment as such lifetime games and opportunities are rare. Come on Lions!