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With each passing day the decision to take only two fly-halves on tour is looking a poor one. The more I see of Farrell the more I think he hails from the Chris Ashton/Dylan Hartley/James Haskell side of the English dressing room than the Chris Robshaw one. He repeatedly gets himself wound up and drawn into off-the-ball incidents.
He will have a target on his back now and everyone knows how the Aussies love a good sledge. And then there's his game. He's a fantastic place kicker but limited everywhere else. His passing was awful in Hong Kong, leading to the Barbarians try (3.14) and it was the scrum-halves controlling proceedings.
Jonny Sexton showed what a good fly-half he was in the build-up to Alun Wyn-Jones' try (5.52) I would hazard a guess that, should a player have to return from the Tour injured, he will be replaced by a fly-half regardless of position.
While Farrell's stock goes on, Tipuric's is on the rise. He is a classic breakaway openside who is made for the hard grounds of the subcontinent. His positioning is fantastic, always appearing on the shoulder of ball-carriers just when he's needed and is more than capable scavenger.
His form is putting Sam Warburton's position under serious threat. With Lydiate doing the donkey work on the blindside, Tipuric was freed to focus on his strengths. When Warburton returns he will need to hit the ground running or risk being shunted to the blindside, if not the bench.
Two months before the squad was named, O'Connell's chances were in the gutter, now he's looking more and more like a certain starter. He has energy to burn after his long spell on the sidelines and looks to be getting fitter and fitter each week.
With Warburton's position in the side under threat could O'Connell earn a chance to lead the Lions onto the field of battle for a fourth time? Even if he doesn't, you can tell he has assumed a leadership role within the squad. Where Warburton is a player who leads by example, O'Connell is very much fire and brimstone.
I'm not sure if it just an off night or the pressure got to him, but Maitland had an awful game last weekend. I've long said he brings a different dimension to the Lions' wing corps but none of his skills were evident. Already a long-shot before the Tour began, he seems destined to spend the majority of it with the second unit.