Owen Farrell a doubt for first Lions Test after suffering quad injury

Both brought enormous energy and ability to the table to turn over their visitors, and Carter said their celebrations afterwards were testament to just how much this tour means to the people and the players. "Facing the Lions in a Test series is a once in a lifetime chance, and everyone knows how big that is".

Halfpenny, 14.Anthony Watson, 13.Jonathan Davies, 12.Ben Te'o, 11.George North, 10.Johnny Sexton, 9.Conor Murray, 8.Taulupe Faletau, 7.Sean O'Brien, 6.Peter O'Mahony (c), 5.George Kruis, 4.Maro Itoje, 3.Tadhg Furlong, 2.Jamie George, 1.Mako Vunipola.

Ultimately, what does this mean for Sam Warburton?

"Peter will continue to lead the team (if Warburton comes on); I think that's only fair". Sean O'Brien hasn't had a lot of rugby either.

Maori All Blacks star Liam Messam has warned the Lions that they will be facing a cohesive unit on Saturday.

"We felt Owen's had a bit of rugby at the moment", said Gatland.

'He fully understands that that loose forward trio went outstandingly well against the Crusaders.

The England fly-half had been named in Warren Gatland's original squad for the weekend with Peter O'Mahony leading the tourists in Rotorua. "We watched how the Lions have been playing, they just keep coming wave after wave and the boys were just outstanding getting up and tackling and throwing their bodies into it".

'The challenge for them is to repeat it. There's no doubt they've got some ascendancy in the second scrum penalty and I accept that, but I thought the first one, we'd forced an error.

Should Farrell fail to recover in time for the first Test, then Sexton would be nearly certain to wear the Lions' number 10 jersey. Probably not. But Gatland did say during the team announcement that Sexton has "his mojo back" and that wanted to give him a start against the Maoris.

Johnny Sexton starts at outhalf for the Lions on Saturday.

The 25-year-old had initially been named on the bench for the clash, but his place in the matchday 23 has been taken by Wales global Dan Biggar.

Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the Lions tour match against Maori All Blacks with a leg injury.

Ben Te'o and Jonathan Davies again link up in midfield and Gatland will be hoping the pairing lasts longer than the half an hour they managed against the Crusaders before Davies had to depart with a head injury.

"We're scrummaging the way that we've been scrummaging and we've got to adapt and adjust to whatever happens on the park so it's more about us making sure we are adapting to interpretations", Foster said.

"It's an opportunity as well for him to show what experience he has got", said Gatland.

  • Julie Sanders