Will Greenwood says that Brian O'Driscoll is the key for success against the boks, but use him sparingly!
Last Updated: 04/06/09 8:23am
Will Greenwood says that Brian O'Driscoll is the key for success against the Springboks, but use him sparingly!
O'Driscoll was in scintillating form as the Lions bounced back from a disappointing performance against the Royal XV to smash the Golden Lions 74-10.
However with the competition fierce for a test spot and O'Driscoll still nursing an injured shoulder, Greenwood hopes that the Lions management do not use him for the Cheetahs game on Saturday.
"I will be surprised if we saw him before the Stormers game, he is that important for the Lions," he told Sky Sports.
"He is crucial and such a vocal point and allows other young players on their first Lions tour to relax.
"We need him to be playing at the top of his ability if you want to beat the Springboks."
O'Driscoll is regarded as one of the best players in the world and his presence in the team cannot be underestimated.
"The sign of a good player is someone who has got time on the ball. He just looks comfortable with the people around him," added Greenwood.
"The opposition are terrified of him so they back off and he takes the yardage. If they step up looking for the big hit he uses simple hands to move the ball away.
"He does have weaknesses to his game but what he has learnt through his career is learn to adapt his weaknesses and play to his strengths."
Ieuan Evans agrees with Will and says the key to winning the series is to get the combination of O'Driscoll's skills with some ferocity upfront.
"You need his finesse to go with the ferocity as well. You need to be physically up for the challenge and we saw that tonight.
"You cannot back off the challenge from the Springboks. But if you bring some subtle and some extra skills and use what Gerald Davies called smart rugby then I think that will be crucial come the end of the series."