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British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan was a very satisfied man after the drubbing his side dished out to the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday night – and Cobus Grobbelaar, captain of the losers, warned that the tourists are “a very good side indeed.”


The visitors won the match 74-10, running in ten tries to one.


“There was a lot of accuracy, good tactical decisions, and the boys finished it off well,” said McGeechan afterwards.


He felt the thinking in the field was good. He did however admit that the British and Irish Lions would have to lift themselves another level or two, but was confident that the side could now feed off the success of this win.


Both McGeechan and captain on the day, Brian O’Driscoll, though their pack played well and referred to the space created by the forwards. That was echoed by Golden Lions captain Grobbelaar.


“They committed our guys to the rucks and mauls, and their pick and go play, then took it wide.” said Grobbelaar.


“They played a good, balanced game, and they made good decisions.”


In fact, Grobbelaar felt decision-making was probably the outstanding attribute of the British Lions – and what was impressive, he said, is that this was achieved after just over two weeks together as a team selected from four countries.


“They’re a very good side. Their rucking was at least as physical as in the Super 14, and their defence was outstanding. ”


And he felt that they could only improve. It is ominous that the British and Irish Lions feel there is still much room for improvement – and that they are only starting to gel as a team now.


“We’re building great unity daily,” said O’Driscoll, “and hopefully this will start showing on the pitch.”


To him, one of the most pleasing aspects of the game was that histeam did not concede a try in the second half – and the rush defence employed saw the Golden Lions being forced into making handling errors under pressure.


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