James Horwill a 'lucky boy' - O'Driscoll
June 25, 2013
Australia's James Horwill and Lions lock Alun-Wyn Jones contested a torrid head-to-head in Brisbane © PA Photos
British & Irish Lions centre Brian O'Driscoll has lit the fuse on Saturday's crucial second Test with Australia by labelling the Wallabies' captain James Horwill "a lucky boy" after he was cleared of stamping in the wake of the brutal first Test.
Horwill was charged with trampling on the head of Lions lock Alun-Wyn Jones during the tourists' 23-21 win at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday. Jones required stitches in an eye wound but Horwill was found not guilty following a lengthy disciplinary hearing earlier this week.
The Lions attempted to draw a line under the incident following the hearing but O'Driscoll, who famously saw his 2005 Lions tour ended by a tip-tackle, has re-opened the debate. "He's a lucky boy," former Lions captain O'Driscoll said on HSBC Lions Weekly. "He knows it himself. Whether it was intentional or not there's only one person who knows that."
The Lions brought the incident to the attention of the citing officer after reviewing the match and were known to be unhappy at the result, although forwards coach Graham Rowntree refused to comment when he fronted the media on Monday.
"You get these rulings on occasion and you get the rub of the green, but it doesn't change our attitude," O'Driscoll said ahead of the second Test at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, where the Irishman is poised to win his 134th Test cap. "We want to go out and play the best Aussie team that we can do, and he's definitely part of that."
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