The 2009 British and Irish Lions Trip of South Africa will permanently be engraved into the history books as one of the most harsh series in rugby history.
No matter the unquestionably gifted group of gamers happily representing their countries, it is tough to view all 3 video games without recoiling.
Sir Ian McGeechan’s side remained in risk of being blown away in the very first hour of the very first Test in Durban.
Although a late return made ball game 26-21, the hosts looked superhuman and warranted their status as champs of the world.
McGeechan rallied his soldiers for the 2nd Test in Pretoria and looked for to alter the mindset of the Lions to handle the aggressive and physical Springboks who had actually bullied their method to success.
It was a gruelling affair when again; the Lions lost 5 beginners to injury or concussion throughout the 80 minutes and the video game will permanently be kept in mind for one vital struck by Brian O’Driscoll on tough guy Danie Rossouw.
Leading 19-8 with 20 minutes to go, O’Driscoll definitely levelled Rossouw with a thunderous no-arms deal with which left the flanker reeling and not able to continue.
The Ireland captain was renowned for being among the most technically-gifted gamers on the planet at this moment, having simply led his nation to the 6 Countries and likewise won the Champions Cup with Leinster.
So to see ‘B.O.D’ manage such a careless and thumping obstacle on a flanker renowned for being among the hardest Boks definitely stirred the hosts.
As Rossouw was stretchered from the pitch, South Africa regrouped and went on to outscore the Lions 17-3 from the 63rd minute.
A Stephen Jones charge with 5 minutes staying levelled ball games up until a concussed Ronan O’Gara yielded a charge, which Morne Steyn transformed with less than a minute staying to clinch a series success.
Regardless of the defeat, it is fondly kept in mind as a few of the very best rugby played by a Lions side and among the most physical Test series ever seen.
O’Driscoll and Rossouw were participated medical facility by 6 gamers in overall, consisting of centre Jamie Roberts (wrist) and wing Tommy Bowe (elbow).
Lions physician James Robson, who was on his umpteenth trip, stated: “It was among the most stressful video games I can keep in mind.”
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