It’s fair to say that the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia was a resounding success. Securing a Test series victory in emphatic fashion had fans in raptures and already looking ahead to the tour of New Zealand.
Now, four years on and with the Lions facing a do-or-die second Test against the now double-defending world champions, excitement has been tempered somewhat by the dominant display from the All Blacks last Saturday in the first Test.
The Lions are certainly not a bad side. They have come together quickly and pose many a threat to the home side. They have proven they can run the ball and score in the most exciting of ways. They have also shown they can stifle their opponents with a powerful rushing defence.
All is certainly not lost, yet anyway. If the Lions can put it all together on Saturday, there is every reason to be optimistic about a third, series-deciding Test.
So, as fans look ahead with more nerves than they would care to have, it was something of a timely update on Monday when the official Lions Twitter account reminded us of the fact that the Lions coaches are just as invested as they are when it comes to the Lions winning.
Take a look.
What makes coaches react like this on matchdays? Find out in the coaches' box⬇️
— British & Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) June 26, 2017
Occurring during the 2013 series against Australia, Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree, in his excitement at what had just taken place on the pitch, actually managed to stick his head through the ceiling of the coaches box.
Fans and coaches alike will now be hoping there will be equal, if less destructive, cause for excitement in the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.
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