Tommy Bowe called on Warren Gatland to bring in Owen Farrell and make tactical changes to the British and Irish Lions for the third test against South Africa.
The Lions were completely beaten in the second stanza of the series, conceding 21 unanswered points in the second half in Cape Town to slip into a 27-9 loss to the World Cup holders.
Despite their victory in Game 1, the Lions were beaten on Saturday and now face a nerve-racking 80 minutes to determine the outcome of the series this weekend.
The second game was turgid to say the least, with constant pauses in play meaning both halves lasted over an hour.
The game was devoid of any real rhythm and former Lions and Ireland winger Bowe believes England’s No.12 captain Farrell’s introduction could give Gatland another playmaker in the squad .
“I think bringing in an Owen Farrell to play inside center alongside Dan Biggar would just shift the focus,” Bowe told talkSPORT.
“It would make it harder for South Africa to sneak into the Lions’ faces and reduce all of our attacks.
“I would love to see an additional playmaker brought into this midfield. Dan Biggar passed the ball three times during his time on the pitch.
” This is unheard of ! It just goes to show that the Lions weren’t there to play rugby and for me as a winger to watch after really enjoying having the ball in my hands and trying not to attack – that’s not the type. rugby game that I wanted to play.
“It’s not the kind of rugby that I like to watch.”
Captain Alun Wyn Jones has admitted there may well be some huge changes Gatland made in order to swing the momentum pendulum back in favor of the Lions after the Springboks answer.
Kiwi’s head coach sadly ditched Brian O’Driscoll ahead of the third test against Australia in 2013 in order to tie Jamie Roberts and Jonathon Davies in midfield, a change that resulted in a 16-41 victory for the visitors.
And Bowe believes Gatland is likely to strike the ax again in Cape Town to potentially free a Lions team constrained by Biggar and his constant kicking.
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“It’s hard to call right now,” Bowe added. “My big problem is that to beat the South African team, they are full of monsters.
“They are big, big men and for the Lions to try to face them by just being confrontational and throwing the ball in the air, I think we have to try to move them around the park, try to blow their lungs up. .
“Hopefully we’ll see a lot of changes in the third test and potentially a different style of tactics than Warren Gatland’s.”