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THE BRITISH and Irish Lions tour came to an end with yet another heavy defeat at the hands of a potentially great New Zealand XV. The last Test of the series ended in a 38-19 win for the All Blacks, spelling out the first Lions whitewash for over 20 years. A malady that must be firmly placed at the feet of the seemingly unconcerned Sir Clive Woodward. The World Cup winning coach failed to find the right blend of players throughout the tour, fluctuating between over cautiousness and reckless adventurism. The result? A disjointed set of performances by three different teams, which were only ever good enough to overcome provincial sides. Given the resources at his disposal, the hapless technician wrote a sad epitaph to his career in charge of the sport’s finest. This observer suggests that future contests between northern and southern hemisphere teams should take place when both are either rested or refreshed – say in September for example.