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Scans Show Johnny Sexton Really Proved Mettle In Third Lions Test

Scans Show Johnny Sexton Really Proved Mettle In Third Lions Test
By PJ Browne Updated

The decision to pair Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell in a 10/12 axis for the Lions was the one which tilted the tables from being in the All Blacks' favour to a more balanced series.

It was a combination which allowed the Lions to move the ball more freely, they become a much more potent attacking force.

That the pairing endured beyond the second Test came down to the toughness of Sexton.

In today's Irish Independent, Ruaidhri O'Connor reports that Sexton played the third match against the All Blacks with a fractured wrist. That strapping on his arm was not for show.

It was an injury which Sexton picked up during the second Test and considering how important his passing was to the Lions game plan, it's remarkable that he performed so well.

Sexton played 73 minutes of that game in Eden Park before being replaced by Ben Te'o. That's even more remarkable when it's taken into consideration that he suffered an ankle during the first half. O'Connor adds that Sexton ruptured a tendon in his ankle during the opening 40 minutes but, showing incredible resolve, still chose to remain on the pitch.

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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