LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 1 July 2009 39 MIKE PHILLIPS is convinced the Lions can end their South African safari with a final triumph at Ellis Park on Saturday. But they must tackle the world champion Springboks without three key players -- Irish talisman Brian ODriscoll plus Welsh props Adam Jones and Gethin Jenkins. A concussed ODriscoll and dislocated shoulder victim Jones are both due to fly home today. Joness fellow prop Jenkins, meanwhile, will remain with the squad, although a fractured cheekbone means he has no chance of featuring in the third Test. South Africa are 2-0 up in the series with one game left following nail-biting victories in Durban and Pretoria, where a last-minute penalty ended the series as a contest on Saturday. But scrum-half Phillips says the Lions have no intention of being whitewashed for a second successive tour following a 3-0 drubbing under Sir Clive Woodward in New Zealand four years ago. Its horrible losing in sport, and we have got to deal with that this week, he said. You just want to win as a professional player. You come out here, its the Lions, its legendary stuff, its every four years, a great opportunity, a chance to fulfil your dreams and make them come true. But its all about winning. People said we had no chance (in Pretoria), and we were by far the better team. We lost it in the last second. We can win on Saturday in Johannesburg. We have got enough tools to go out there and get the victory, so we will be gunning for it. Lions head coach Ian McGeechan is due to name his starting line-up tomorrow. England props Andrew Sheridan and Phil Vickery -- axed after the first Test -- are favourites to fill the front- row vacancies. for final showdown MATHIEU BASTAREAUD, the French back who sparked a diplomatic incident when he falsely claimed that he had been assaulted by New Zealand fans, has been admitted to psychiatric care after reportedly throwing himself into the Seine. Bastareaud, 20 (above), is said to have attempted suicide after telling friends he could not cope with the scandal that erupted when his lies were uncovered by police in New Zealand. Police discovered CCTV footage of him returning to his hotel uninjured with two other players and two women at 5.22am. He sent me a text saying he couldnt stand this harassment, said Mathieu Blin, a team-mate at Stade Franais. Now hes completely gone off the rails. Max Guazzini, the chairman of Stade Franais, said that Bastareaud would be kept under observation for at least two weeks in a clinic. days as the three-match series slipped away. Irelands Keith Earls is also in contention to partner Welshman Jamie Roberts in midfield while head coach Ian McGeechan could also switch wing Luke Fitzgerald when he names his side for the final encounter tomorrow. THELIONSTOUR SOFAR Royal XV 25, Lions 37 Golden Lions 10, Lions 74 Cheetahs 24, Lions 26 Sharks 3, Lions 39 Western Province 23, Lions 26 Southern Kings 8, Lions 20 South Africa 26, Lions 21 Emerging Boks 13, Lions 13 South Africa 28, Lions 25 TOCOME Saturday, 3rd Test: South Africa, Ellis Park, Joburg LiveonSky Sports1,2pm Well go out with a final roar says Phillips Tricky Riki: Flutey in action against the Emerging Springboks last week No whitewash: scrum-half Mike Phillips BY DAVID DIBBLE ODriscoll flies home with a parting shot at Bok boss BRIAN ODRISCOLL has blasted South Africa coach Peter de Villiers following his comments over eye- gouging. De Villiers said he felt Springboks flanker Schalk Burger did not warrant a yellow card after he clawed at Lions wing Luke Fitzgerald during last Saturdays second Test. Burger was subsequently cited and banned for eight weeks, and De Villiers issued an apology. But Lions centre ODriscoll, who flies home injured from the tour today, said: When I heard those comments I wondered how someone can get away with something like that. Irrespective of any apology, I find it an absolute disgrace that a coach of a national team can make comments as he did about gouging being part of the game. Someone made a really good point to me that kids or parents watching an interview like that, questioning whether they should have their kid play rugby or soccer, thats their decision made right there. To hear a national coach saying in any shape or form, gouging is acceptable is despicable. ODriscoll, 30, suffered concussion during the last-minute 28-25 defeat in Pretoria, ruling him out of the third Test at Ellis Park on Saturday. It ends an otherwise outstanding season -- he led Ireland to the Grand Slam, in addition to winning the Heineken Cup with Leinster. I always felt that this would be my last Lions tour, he added. But at the same, you see (35-year- old Wasps lock) Simon Shaw and think well, theres hope. I dont know, maybe Ive been a little bit tainted by a little bit of success this year. What I hate is that essentially thats the last chapter which will prey on your holidays a little bit. Thats the taste that is left in your mouth -- Ive been involved in three Lions tours and Ive lost the three of them. But Ive had a brilliant tour, and I think that says a lot. BY HARRY LANE Youve got to hand it to him: Brian ODriscoll, right, flies home today with concussion and two Test defeats but claims: Ive had a brilliant tour Bastareaud in clinic as stress takes heavy toll index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html