Lions Choose Bulk to Take on Springboks!

Sean KellyAnalyst IApril 25, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Team coach Ian McGeechan (L) and team manager Gerald Davies (R) with Paul O'Connell of Ireland after he was named captain of the squad during the press conference to announce the British & Irish Lions squad and captain for the upcoming tour of South Africa at the Sofitel Hotel at Heathrow Terminal 5 on April 21, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

When selecting the lucky 37 to venture to South Africa in search of a famous win, Ian McGeechan had two options; pick the best players in each position and aim to play open expansive rugby, or choose bulk and defend your way to a series win.

Sadly, he chose to go with the latter.

McGeechan (and his gang of coaches) have sent a clear message to South Africa, reading "we're taking you on up front."  Not only is this disappointing because it may be extremely boring to watch, but also because frankly Geech, it isn't going to work.

To take the World Champions on in one three test-long arm wrestle (at their own game in a sense) is playing them at a game that they are much better at.

South Africa are a team that has had time to mould, yet still add new blood. A Lions squad filled with players unfamiliar with each other and not used to going into battle together, cannot cope with these Springboks.

I cannot help but sit here and ponder how some guys have got onto this tour.

Three English guys Simon Shaw, Joe Worsley, and Harry Ellis must all be thanking their lucky stars because how these three players are going to South Africa and players like Nick Kennedy, Tom Croft, Paul Sackey, Danny Care, and Delon Armitage aren't going is something which I'm not sure I could all.

Other omissions like Ryan Jones, Mike Blair, Ian Gough, and the Evans brothers from Scotland just seen absurd as they have been outstanding performers.

It just seems as though McGeechan has really chose to fight fire with fire, which if you think about it literally is never a good idea because surely the best way to fight fire is with...water?