A Certain Irishman Looks Likely To Be Promoted To The Lions Starting Line-Up On Saturday

Mako Vunipola gave away some needless penalties on Saturday in Wellington and may lose his place in the starting line-up to Jack McGrath as a result.

The England prop has been one of the Lions’ star performers of the tour so far, but sometimes lets himself get a little out of control and concedes some really silly penalties. If Beauden Barrett’s radar was working a little better on Saturday, the loosehead may have ended up costing the Lions the game.

Lions coach Graham Rowntree was asked about their high penalty count on Saturday and if players with poor discipline faced being dropped. Rowntree warned that may be necessary if the Lions are to pull off a famous win.

If that is what it takes.

Gats has shown he is not afraid of doing things like that. But as I say, it is not as if it is the same offenders. We will be very frank and objective with the lads. The pictures are undeniable. That will be a big theme of the week.

Jack McGrath be in line to start the biggest game of his life.

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