The 2009 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa will endlessly be etched into the recollections of followers as some of the brutal collection in rugby historical past.
Whatever the undoubtedly proficient group of gamers proudly representing their nations, it’s laborious to look at all three video games with out wincing.
Sir Ian McGeechan’s aspect had been in peril of being blown away within the first hour of the primary Check in Durban.
Though a late comeback made the rating 26-21, the hosts regarded superhuman and justified their standing as champions of the world.
McGeechan rallied his troops for the second Check in Pretoria and sought to alter the mentality of the Lions to take care of the aggressive and bodily Springboks who had bullied their option to victory.
It was a gruelling affair as soon as once more; the Lions misplaced 5 starters to damage or concussion throughout the 80 minutes and the sport will endlessly be remembered for one essential hit by Brian O’Driscoll on laborious man Danie Rossouw.
Main 19-Eight with 20 minutes to go, O’Driscoll completely levelled Rossouw with a thunderous no-arms deal with which left the flanker reeling and unable to proceed.
The Eire captain was famend for being some of the technically-gifted gamers on this planet at this level, having simply led his nation to the Six Nations and in addition received the Champions Cup with Leinster.
So to see ‘B.O.D’ pull off such a reckless and thumping problem on a flanker famend for being one of many hardest Boks actually stirred the hosts.
As Rossouw was stretchered from the pitch, South Africa regrouped and went on to outscore the Lions 17-Three from the 63rd minute.
A Stephen Jones penalty with 5 minutes remaining levelled the scores till a concussed Ronan O’Gara conceded a penalty, which Morne Steyn transformed with lower than a minute remaining to clinch a collection victory.
Regardless of the defeat, it’s fondly remembered as a few of the greatest rugby performed by a Lions aspect and some of the bodily Check collection ever seen.
O’Driscoll and Rossouw had been joined in hospital by six gamers in whole, together with centre Jamie Roberts (wrist) and wing Tommy Bowe (elbow).
Lions physician James Robson, who was on his umpteenth tour, mentioned: “It was some of the distressing video games I can bear in mind.”
talkSPORT has dwell and unique protection of the British & Irish Lions’ Tour to South Africa, and it continues this Saturday with the first Check in opposition to the World Champion Springboks