Jenkins hails Lions kickers

British & Irish Lions kicking coach Neil Jenkins believes the current crop of marksmen have the ability to boot their side to a series victory in Australia (Series Winner- Australia 4/1, draw 25/1, Lions 1/6).

The Lions have four specialist goalkickers in their squad with Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Sexton, Stuart Hogg and Owen Farrell all capable of taking on the responsibility, and it was Halfpenny who took the honours during the first Test win on Saturday, succeeding with five out of his six efforts at the Suncorp Stadium.

In contrast, Wallabies duo James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale failed with a combined seven shots at goal, misses that eventually cost their side dear in their narrow 23-21 defeat in Brisbane.

Jenkins was one of the stars for the Lions on their last successful tour, kicking beautifully from the tee as Ian McGeechan’s men claimed a 2-1 win over South Africa in 1997.

He is now in charge of the Lions kickers and believes their ability with the boot could prove the difference heading into the final two tests in Melbourne and Sydney (Second Test Betting – Australia 13/8, draw 20/1, Lions 8/15).

“It generally is goal-kicking that wins or loses Test matches,” the 41-year-old said. “We are lucky to have the kickers we have. They are the best of the best.

“Overall, we are fortunate in the quality of kickers we have. All have come on at times and done their jobs.”

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