The lion awakes in the hills of Aber

By Tim Butters in Other Sports

THE shapely flanks of the Skirrid have been capturing everyone’s attention lately after a British Lions ‘tattoo’ appears to have been stamped there by some artistically-minded rugby fan.

When the Lions roared to a hard-fought victory over the All Blacks on Saturday it ticked a number of dusty boxes.

Firstly, it was the first time since 1993 that the All Blacks tasted the tooth and claw of a big cat victory.

Secondly, the British beasts ended New Zealand’s eight year unbeaten streak on home soil - let’s be honest 38 tests without a defeat is a rare old stretch. It must have stung the men in black something chronic.

Thirdly, it sets up a final test that is going to be brutal. It’s all to play for! Can the Lions do the impossible and win the series?

A nation waits and a nation expects. And so, as you can see from the featured photo, so do the hills of Abergavenny.

Now while the dapper Deri has a habit of periodically breaking out in smiling faces - its abundant grassy verge was emblazoned only last summer with the Welsh word “Croeso” to welcome visitors to the 2016 National Eisteddfod - the stately Skirrid has to date avoided getting any ‘ink’ done.

Until now!

Overcome with patriotic fervor and a rugby mad man in a tractor, the Skirrid now proudly flies the flag of her allegiance when it comes to Saturday’s crunch game.

The handiwork was etched onto the hillside by Dan Beavan and his tool of the trade was a good old-fashioned topper!

Proud mum Jan Beavan explained, “Dan had the topper hocked up to the back of the tractor and working on our farm when he decided to make a brief detour up the slopes of the Skirrid and show his support for the British Lions.”

And didn’t the lad do well! Let’s hope the Lions can do the same this weekend and show the All Blacks who the real kings of the jungle are.

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