Roberts recalls the hurt of 2009 Lions tour

British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts says the second Test defeat to South Africa in 2009 still ranks as one of the lowest moments in his distinguished career. [more]

Roberts recalls the hurt of 2009 Lions tour

British & Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts says the second Test defeat to South Africa in 2009 still ranks as one of the lowest moments in his distinguished career.

Roberts played a pivotal role as the Lions made amends in the 2-1 Series victory over Australia in 2013, scoring a try in the decisive 41-16 victory in Sydney for Warren Gatland’s side.

But the 28-year-old, who will be looking to make it into the squad for a third time when the Lions head to New Zealand in 2017, admits he still recalls that heartbreaking 28-25 defeat to the Springboks – a penalty by Morne Steyn from inside his own half sealing the Series for the hosts.

“You can have the most wonderful and heartbreaking memories over the years, most notably in 2009,” Roberts told Wales Online

“That was probably the worst year of my career. A few weeks later (after losing to Ireland with Wales) the Blues lost the European semi-final in a drop-goal shoot-out and we went out with the Lions and lost the second Test to a last-minute kick.

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“So, three of the biggest games of my career didn’t end well.”

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