Rowntree welcomes Lions headache after Chiefs rout

"In big games you don't get it all your own way, you don't win every minute". "We haven't really spoken about Test selection yet".

In the NZ Herald, Gregor Paul focused on the potential in the back three for Warren Gatland. If I got anywhere near it, it would be unbelievable.

"It allowed them to kick for the corners, kick for penalties, and they built scoreboard pressure because of it".

Gatland said he was chuffed for Nowell, who struggled to assert himself in his two previous games, and with another suffocating defensive performance.

"They are an honest team, an efficient honest forward pack and we have got our hands full", Rowntree added.

More heavyweight British and Irish journalists have arrived in the country and the phoney war between the Lions and All Blacks coaching teams comes to an end.

Given this looked to be something of a midweek side, that's a huge positive for Gatland.

Iain Henderson capitalised on his side's numerical advantage by beautifully teeing up Nowell for his second try of the evening - perhaps the finest of the six-match tour to date - and Williams sliced through the Chiefs' defence with an excellent break before feeding Jared Payne for a simple score.

On the left wing, Daly was intent on getting involved.

North remains favourite to start the first Test in the No.11 shirt, but Daly could have done no more to nudge Gatland.

When asked if Daly would feature on Saturday at Eden Park, Gatland acknowledged that it was indeed 'possible, ' either as a starter or as one of the replacements. "I know we'll turn up and we're a good side brimming for a big challenge. You never know what is going to change between the first and third Test".

"We haven't come out and bitched and moaned about everything", he said. We squeezed them and played some good rugby. "So do the All Blacks but we feel we need to keep improving, that's what we've been doing over the last couple of weeks", said Lions captain Rory Best.

But the Lions extended their lead further with a try after Biggar carried the ball towards the line and Nowell picked and crashed over from close-range.

Dan Biggar's penalty put the Lions on the board, but then Marler lost his head and wiped out Nepo Laulala with an off-the-ball no-arms high shot.

Foster said playing the Lions was part of the All Blacks' legacy. Tonight that was the Chiefs and moving forwards we'll speak about the All Blacks.

The Lions head coach will sit down to pick the men to meet the All Blacks after being given food for thought by the Lions' crushing win over Waikato Chiefs earlier today.

The visitors also had Joe Marler yellow carded early in the first half for a risky shoulder charge, but they slowed the tempo of the game, forced the Chiefs into errors and held the ball for long periods.

  • Carolyn Briggs