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Horwill is a lucky boy - O'Driscoll

25th June 2013 13:31


Brian ODriscoll June 2013

Critical: Brian O'Driscoll

British and Irish Lions centre Brian O'Driscoll believes that Australia captain James Horwill was fortunate to escape a ban.

Horwill was cited for stamping on the face of Lions lock Alun Wyn Jones in the first Test in Brisbane, but had the citing dismissed much to the ire of the British and Irish press.

O'Driscoll himself was the victim of an incident that went unpunished in the first Test of the 2005 Lions tour of New Zealand, when he was speartackled by Keven Mealamu and Tana Umaga.

Speaking to Jason Robinson, O'Driscoll stated that Horwill's let-off wouldn't change the Lions attitude going into the second Test, with the tourists holding a 1-0 lead in the series.

"He's a lucky boy. He knows it himself," said O'Driscoll to HSBC's Lions Weekly.

"Whether it was intentional or not there's only one person who knows that.

"You get these rulings on occasion and you get the rub of the green but it doesn't change our attitude.

"We want to go out and play the best Aussie team that we can do and he's definitely part of that."