British and Irish Lions tour: Graham Rowntree warns team to keep their discipline

Last Updated: 05/06/13 11:15am

  • Share:
Graham Rowntree: Assistant coach warns Lions over discipline

Graham Rowntree: Assistant coach warns Lions over discipline

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Assistant coach Graham Rowntree has urged the British and Irish Lions to maintain their discipline when they take on the Western Force in Perth on Wednesday.

The Super Rugby outfit are ready to adopt an uncompromising approach against the tourists and both Rowntree and head coach Warren Gatland have underlined the importance of keeping cool heads.

"What we have spoken about is doing your job well, not getting drawn into things," Rowntree said.

"There are enough opportunities in the game to be physical and put your mark on the game. The scrum, breakdown, tackles are all physical moments.

"We will be very strong internally. 'Gats' spoke to the team this morning. We are here to play rugby, not to be drawn into silliness.

"The players know the sanctions in place if they overstep the mark. You are going to get banned, you could miss a tour if you are not switched on. They understand it perfectly.

"I think provocation is always there in a game. We want to play positive rugby. We have to be competitive and physical, but we have to play within the laws.

"We have to deal with the intensity of what the opposition are going to try and do. We have to get on with our game. We are here to play our game and worry about ourselves.

"What we can't be doing is getting drawn into anything. We had a few issues around that on Saturday, and we can't be drawn into anything here.

"If we are getting drawn into something, we're not doing our job elsewhere - that is what I keep telling the forwards.

"I've said to them 'you all know your roles and you know you have to be in one place or another, not stood messing around, getting drawn into fights or intimidation'.

"We have to just get on with our game - we are being very strict on that."

Watch every Lions game live only on Sky Sports. Click here to sign up or upgrade now.

  • Share:

Post Comment

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private

Related

Lions v Western Force 2013

Cian Healy: Cited for an alleged bite on Western Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan

Hearing delay for cited Healy

Cian Healy's disciplinary hearing to answer a charge of 'biting' an opponent has been delayed until Friday.

Alex Corbisiero: England and London Irish prop heading for Australia

Corbisiero call-up welcomed

England head coach Stuart Lancaster was more than happy to let Alex Corbisiero join the Lions squad in Australia.

Cian Healy: Lions prop cited after win over Western Force

Lions prop Healy cited

British and Irish Lions prop Cian Healy has been cited for an alleged bite during the 69-17 victory over Western Force.

Most Popular

Features

Wondrous Wilkinson

Wondrous Wilkinson

From Newcastle to Toulon, via Australia; Sky Sports looks back at the remarkable career of Jonny Wilkinson.

Raising the bar

Raising the bar

Mike Brown is looking to take his game to another level during the QBE Internationals.

Greatest Lions XV

Greatest Lions XV

The voting has been fierce but we can finally reveal our Greatest Lions XV of the modern era.