Mark Reason and JG pick their Lions XV based solely on the latest round of the Six Nations…
15 Rob Kearney
In atrocious conditions Ireland’s stand-out on the last Lions tour was back to his considerable best, dominating the high ball and kicking the lines astutely off either foot.
14 Leigh HalfpennyHe had a couple of wobbles early on against Scotland, but both his goalkicking and general game came good as he helped his team move clear.
13 Brian O’Driscoll
A brilliant kick off his left foot set up Ireland’s try and, whilst not captain, he led the team in deed and spirit. No contest for this shirt.
12 Jamie Roberts
Has anyone seen a 12? Can the Lions borrow Fofana? Jamie Roberts’s mind may be on his medical exams, but he is a natural fit with O’Driscoll and has led a miserly Welsh defence.
11 Mike BrownThe England wing has improved over the Championship and is beginning to look a very complete footballer, unlike George North who is big on power and light on vision.
10 Dan BiggarToby Flood crabbed England’s midfield as they butchered early chances, Murray protected Jackson and Duncan Weir faded after a good start, so Biggar it is again.
9 Conor MurrayThe whole of Ireland, including the unfortunate Eoin Reddan, has no idea why Murray was replaced against France. He was running the game and looks at the head of this Lions queue.
1 Mako VunipolaA close call between the superior scrummaging of Paul James and the all-round game of Mako Vunipola, but the ‘Englishman’ edges it on work around the field.
2 Richard HibbardHe scored Wales’s try by running through Euan Murray and was part of a match-winning scrummage that left Scotland bewildered.
3 Adam JonesIt’s illegal to fake the snap in American football, but a couple of twitches by Adam Jones had the Scotland front row hurling themselves into early engagement. He’s still laughing.
4 Alun Wyn jonesWe are wary after he went missing on the previous Lions tour, but from an early lineout steal he dominated the second row exchanges against Scotland.
5 Ian EvansIt has been a hard Six Nations in the second row, with far too many injuries for Warren Gatland’s liking, but Ian Evans keeps on keeping on.
6 Sean O’BrienWe remain unconvinced that the Irishman is an out-and-out 7, but he edges Robshaw this week in a ferocious battle for the backrow places.
7 Sam WarburtonHe was good in the first half and inspired in the second when he took over as captain. One big tackle and turnover symbolised the havoc he caused at Scotland’s breakdown.
8 Tom WoodAgain England’s best tackler and would not have made Heaslip’s error of failing to pick up ball at a defensive scrummage, a mistake the led to France’s try.
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