Rowntree says Lions must keep calm and carry on
Forwards coach Graham Rowntree has called on the British and Irish Lions to ignore provocation and keep their discipline as their tour continues this morning.
Brian O’Driscoll, right, captains the side against Western Force in Perth today, with all eyes on the travelling Lions players following Owen Farrell’s violent reaction to a punch from hooker Schalk Brits, during Saturday’s opening tour match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.
“The hard man is the man who doesn’t retaliate,” Rowntree, a veteran of Lions tours in 1997 and 2005, said. “Provocation will always be there, but you can’t afford to be drawn into things. If we’re doing that, we’re not performing our tasks elsewhere on the pitch. We can’t be standing there getting into fights.
“We’re here to play positive rugby, to play our own game – to be competitive and physical within the laws. We’ll be very strong with anyone who allows himself to be drawn into any silliness, because you can be banned and miss matches, even miss the rest of the tour, if you get involved.” MORE
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