The 2009 British and Irish Lions Tour of South Africa will forever be engraved into the history books as one of the most brutal series in rugby history.
Despite the certainly gifted group of gamers proudly representing their nations, it is difficult to view all three video games without recoiling.
Sir Ian McGeechan’s side remained in threat of being blown away in the very first hour of the first Test in Durban.
Although a late resurgence made the score 26-21, the hosts looked superhuman and warranted their status as champs of the world.
McGeechan rallied his troops for the second Test in Pretoria and sought to alter the mindset of the Lions to handle the aggressive and physical Springboks who had actually bullied their way to victory.
It was a gruelling affair when again; the Lions lost 5 starters to injury or concussion during the 80 minutes and the game will forever be remembered for one important struck by Brian O’Driscoll on hard guy Danie Rossouw.
Leading 19 -8 with 20 minutes to go, O’Driscoll definitely levelled Rossouw with a thunderous no-arms deal with which left the flanker reeling and unable to continue.
The Ireland captain was renowned for being one of the most technically-gifted players worldwide at this moment, having just led his nation to the 6 Countries and also won the Champions Cup with Leinster.
So to see ‘B.O.D’ manage such a negligent and thumping difficulty on a flanker renowned for being among the toughest Boks definitely stirred the hosts.
As Rossouw was stretchered from the pitch, South Africa regrouped and went on to outscore the Lions 17 -3 from the 63 rd minute.
A Stephen Jones penalty with five minutes staying levelled ball games until a concussed Ronan O’Gara yielded a charge, which Morne Steyn transformed with less than a minute staying to clinch a series success.
Regardless of the defeat, it is fondly kept in mind as some of the very best rugby played by a Lions side and among the most physical Test series ever seen.
O’Driscoll and Rossouw were participated in healthcare facility by six gamers in overall, including centre Jamie Roberts (wrist) and wing Tommy Bowe (elbow).
Lions doctor James Robson, who was on his umpteenth tour, stated: “It was among the most distressing video games I can keep in mind.”
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