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Morris blasts Woody.

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Former Lions and England star Dewi Morris last night launched a scathing attack on Sir Clive Woodward's tactics after the mauling by the Maoris.

Morris, a pundit with Sky TV, said: 'The players will get a lot of criticism after this, but what is going on with the coaching team?

'We gave away too many turnovers because we weren't committing enough people to the rucks.

'The only time we put all the forwards in, we won ball and Brian O'Driscoll scored a try.'

Morris, who originally hails from Crickhowell in Powys, added: 'I don't think they know the way they should be playing when they are on the back foot.

'Clive Woodward places great emphasis on planning, but what have we been doing for the last 12 months?

'There seems to be a lack of coaching imagination. Whether it is a case of too many cooks spoil the broth, I don't know.

'Are the other coaches maybe having too much input, I wonder, at the expense of a game plan that everyone is able to follow?'

Former All Black front-row legend Sean Fitzpatrick said New Zealand coach Graham Henry would have learnt a lot from the Lions' shortcomings.

'In the Super 12 tournament the breakdown situation is crucial. Henry and Hansen know this and will really take it to the Lions in that area.'

Of Woodward's selections, he said: 'I don't understand why they didn't have Jonny Wilkinson on the bench.

'Wilkinson hasn't had a lot of game time. Sir Clive saw what [Stephen] Jones could do. If he had brought on Dwayne Peel and Jonny Wilkinson it might have changed the game.'

The former Kiwi hooker said that he felt the Lions were lacking a leader in the forwards.

'That is a big issue. There is no Lawrence Dallaglio and no Martin Johnson.'

Yet Fitzpatrick was still reluctant to write the Lions off in the Test series. 'Woodward and Graham Henry are both very cagey characters,' he said.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 12, 2005
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