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Christian (Wade) thrown into Lions squad as Roberts awaits scan

The Welshman hobbled off in the last quarter of his team’s 30-point win in Sydney.

CENTRE JAMIE ROBERTS’ Lions tour may be over after a suspected hamstring tear in the second-half of his team’s 47-17 win over the Waratahs in Sydney.

The Welshman dropped to the turf in the midst of a Lions attack and was helped from the field by Dr Eanna Falvey and the Lions medical staff. Roberts, who recently graduated as a doctor, grimaced with unease on the sideline and limped slowly up the players’ tunnel towards the away dressing room.

Speaking to Sky Sports after his side’s win, Lions coach Warren Gatland said, “He has torn a bit of a hamstring but I’m not 100% on it. I haven’t spoken to the medics about that so we’ll have to wait and see. We’ve had a few of those (injuries) already.

“I’ll wait until I get to the dressing room before I’ll know more.”

Dr Eanna Falvey attempts to stretch out Roberts’ hamstring. (David Davies/PA Wire)

Roberts, who had been the favourite to partner Brian O’Driscoll in the First Test against Australia next Saturday, will go for a scan on the muscle tomorrow. Jonathan Davies, who scored a try and set up four others, looks likely to come in at inside centre.

Gatland declared that his Lions had delivered ‘a performance out of the top drawer’. “They put it up to us physically and we stood up to them,” he added.

The Kiwi name-checked Alun Wyn Jones, Jonathan Davies, Mako Vunipola, Leigh Halfpenny and Simon Zebo as players that impressed. He praised his pack for delivering ‘good, front foot ball for the backs’.

Tellingly, ahead of the First Test against the Wallabies next week, Gatland proclaimed, “We showed a little bit tonight but not too much.”

Gatland has reacted to the added casualty to his list by calling up Wasps wing, Christian Wade. The 22-yearold has been withdrawn from England’s side to face Argentina and will be provide cover for George North, who’s hamstring injury is growing cause for concern.

“We have obviously got ongoing treatment of some players,” Gatland said. “So it’s prudent to make sure we have enough backline cover. Christian played well in the first Test against Argentina and is match fit.”

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