Best tour atmosphere ever

LETTER

Re: July 10 editorial.

Well, I really want to congratulate our editor for such a good, true report on the Lions tour of our country. We have seen whinges and moans from respected rugby television “experts” as well as morning television commentators. The editor hit the nail on the head when he described the real spirit of the tour — something we used to see as kids supporting our 1st 15 during school days and when rugby wasn’t a paid professional sport.

The Lions supporters in brilliant red and large numbers gave their side huge support and impressed New Zealanders everywhere they went. I believe the atmosphere of this Lions tour was the best we have ever seen, for tourism, advertising New Zealand and team spirit.

To moan about the referee was poor taste — anybody can make a mistake and it was accidental.

The All Blacks were the better players, but Julian Savea was out of form and dropped the ball on several occasions — one a certain try. Our kicker missed at least two easy shots and the All Blacks decided against penalty shots closer than the Lions’, who converted with a 100 percent success rate.

To me the Lions won, while the All Blacks were bad losers. I believe the result was right. Looking for excuses, such as extra time, is not in rugby union rules. Maybe the Lions would have won the series if they had that extra time.

Alain Jorion

Re: July 10 editorial.

Well, I really want to congratulate our editor for such a good, true report on the Lions tour of our country. We have seen whinges and moans from respected rugby television “experts” as well as morning television commentators. The editor hit the nail on the head when he described the real spirit of the tour — something we used to see as kids supporting our 1st 15 during school days and when rugby wasn’t a paid professional sport.

The Lions supporters in brilliant red and large numbers gave their side huge support and impressed New Zealanders everywhere they went. I believe the atmosphere of this Lions tour was the best we have ever seen, for tourism, advertising New Zealand and team spirit.

To moan about the referee was poor taste — anybody can make a mistake and it was accidental.

The All Blacks were the better players, but Julian Savea was out of form and dropped the ball on several occasions — one a certain try. Our kicker missed at least two easy shots and the All Blacks decided against penalty shots closer than the Lions’, who converted with a 100 percent success rate.

To me the Lions won, while the All Blacks were bad losers. I believe the result was right. Looking for excuses, such as extra time, is not in rugby union rules. Maybe the Lions would have won the series if they had that extra time.

Alain Jorion

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