The first real midweek team selected

It was a good game for Sexton, I think he played himself back into contention.

What there isn't in the group though is a defensive leader.

Henry is uniquely placed to judge this Lions team.

There have been some fine Welsh fly-halves who have faced the All Blacks in a Lions jersey, but he is keen to dodge any notion of sport's peer vacuum, though did joke he would have rather been born a Welsh second-row.

Warburton has seen it all before, harking back to a humiliating result on last year's tour with Wales, when they were beaten 40-7 midweek by a Chiefs team also missing their All Blacks. The Lions have made a statement that they are going to be competitive come Test match time and that's critical for our great game.

You can use either Foxtel Go, an app which should come free with your Foxtel subscription and allows you to stream channels, or Foxtel Play, a paid service which allows you to do the same without an existing subscription. You have to give them a chance.

"If you look at the numbers elsewhere in terms of every other area of the game (against the Crusaders), I thought we dominated in every other area - lineout, territory, possession, carries, line breaks".

"Everyone's working slightly better together as a whole unit and so all these wee bits and pieces that are getting better in training are hopefully going to keep on building towards performances for us".

He was an 11th-hour inclusion in the 41-man touring party after head coach Gatland demanded his addition in last-minute selection meetings.

"The Highlanders have scored 50-odd tries this season, averaging over four tries a game so we know the type of game that they want to play", defence coach Farrell told reporters in Dunedin after the captain's runs on Monday.

Nowell will be looking to improve on what was a disappointing display against the Blues and he has shown how unsafe he can be for the Chiefs, and if Joseph and Henshaw can find space in the middle of the park - perhaps running off Stander's shoulder - they should test the Highlanders in defence too. That is what Eddie Jones has done with England, recognised the natural strengths of the game there and brought them to bear.

"Warren Gatland and his management team would have worked with Sam Warburton and a number of the senior players to put these things in place". That's why I find it so fascinating.

The three most capped players in Scotland's touring party are hooker Ross Ford (108), lock Richie Gray (64) and captain and flanker John Barclay (61), with the first two having previously represented the Lions.

When asked if he was anxious by the Lions' lack of tries, Sir Ian told Drivetime: "No, I think it's easy to jump on a bandwagon and say they are not going [well]".

"Why did they not take the points on offer from penalties?" The old business of taking the points when they're there has changed recently in Super Rugby. So Super Rugby sides tend to scrummage illegally, if that's the case.

"I'm just desperate to get some minutes under my belt".

  • Julie Sanders