DON'T MENTION THE WARATAHS; RUGBY LATEST NEW SOUTH WALES V THE LIONS, TODAY, 10.30AM Rerun of Bloody 2001 Battle Will Rebound on the Wallabies
Byline: SAYS LIONS VETERAN JASON ROBINSON
JASON ROBINSON has warned New South Wales Waratahs that repeating the war of 2001 will backfire on Australia.
Twelve years have passed since the Waratahs tore into the tourists, having one player sent off, three sinbinned and ending the game with 12 on the pitch.
It was one of the most violent games in Lions history with Tom Bowman yellowcarded after just four seconds and Duncan McRae later banned for seven weeks for a cowardly assault on Ronan O'Gara.
However, it motivated the Lions so much the following weekend in Brisbane they crushed the Wallabies with one of their top Test performances.
Yesterday Waratahs captain Dave Dennis hinted they would again throw the kitchen sink at the Lions a week before this year's Test opener, again in Brisbane.
He said: "We're going to keep it simple, be physical and go at them. We're not going to get bogged down in the fact they are the Lions and we are the poor old Waratahs. It's a two-horse race and we're going to try to knock them off."
Robinson remembers the 2001 clash well - he scored two of the Lions' five tries and went on to inspire them to glory at The Gabba with a stunning solo try.
SOFT He knows a repeat would not do Warren Gatland and his squad any harm with so much talk of them being under prepared due to soft matches.
Robinson said: "It was a very tough, physical game in 2001. One remembered for the O'Gara incident and rightly so.
"What McRae did was out of order. To get somebody like that was just so cheap. It wasn't one cheap shot, it was 11. …