British and Irish Lions: David Campese questions Warren Gatland's team for third Test

Last Updated: 03/07/13 2:53pm

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Australian rugby legend David Campese has questioned Warren Gatland's selection for the deciding Test on Saturday, accusing the Lions coach of panicking ahead of the game in Sydney.

Gatland has selected 10 Welshmen in his starting XV and veteran centre Brian O'Driscoll has been omitted from the squad entirely, leading Campese to believe the tourists lack the spark to really trouble the Australian defence.

"Obviously the changes have occurred because Gatland's panicked a bit," he said.

"Last week he said, 'the changes are good, there's a lot more in the team' but (that is) a lot of changes - seven changes going into 80 minutes of rugby.

"The Wallabies have really got the same side, they've got a bit of momentum and the more you change, the hard the game has been."

It is the lack of creativity or flair that Campese sees as the major issue for Gatland's team and without that he is struggling to see how they can emerge victorious.


He added: "If you lot at the majority of the players, they are Welsh. Obviously they won the Grand Slam (in 2012) so the guys obviously know what they're doing but I'd still like to know who has the x-factor in this team? Who's going to do something different?

"The big difference (in the second Test) was the Aussies tried things and that's how they got the try. The Lions just went out there and said, 'we'll defend'.

"I don't think the Lions made the advantage line once and that's what you have to do in this game.

"Obviously the changes have occurred because Gatland's panicked a bit."
David Campese

"If you don't make the advantage line, the defence dominates and that's where I think the Lions will struggle if they haven't got something up their sleeve for this Saturday in the third Test."

The inclusion of Jamie Roberts after a hamstring injury was also queried by the former World Cup winner, who believes the Lions are short of leaders without O'Driscoll after injuries have already ruled out captain Sam Warburton and 2009 skipper Paul O'Connell.

"Roberts is in, we don't know how his hammy is but O'Driscoll is a great player - take him out and who's going to be the leaders in the Lions side? There really isn't anyone anymore."

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