Lions fans plead with Gatland that 'absolutely useless' player is nowhere near the Test side
By Rugby Onslaught

Lions fans plead with Gatland that ‘absolutely useless’ player is nowhere near the Test side

It is fair to say that British & Irish Lions fly-half Owen Farrell did not impress the watching fans with his performance against South Africa A on Wednesday, with many saying that he is not at international standard currently.

The England captain was a late replacement for Dan Biggar and was slow to get going, producing a number of errors in the opening quarter. None was more costly than his charged down kick which led to Sbu Nkosi’s try, where he must have missed Eben Etzebeth’s frame closing in on him.

Farrell grew into the game, but still struggled to break down the South African defence, with the only try coming from close range. His first impression though in the most important game of the tour may have lost him a lot of support.

The most important thing is whether Lions head coach Warren Gatland still supports him. With many fans saying Farrell is not at Test standard at the moment, particularly after the season he has had with Saracens’ in England’s second division, Gatland does not have much time to decide whether the Englishman wears the No10, or indeed No12, shirt next weekend.

Though he missed the game against South Africa A with an ankle sprain, many fans feel Farrell’s performance only boosted Biggar’s chances of starting against the Boks. Neither are in the squad to face the Stormers this weekend to make a final statement, either good or bad, as Marcus Smith starts at fly-half. The rookie may even be able to stake a claim for a Test berth with his performance.

This is what the fans have said: