All Blacks vs. Lions reaction: Gatland's men lack clinical edge
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 19:15
The success of the game plan the Lions have developed on tour was shown in their wins over the Crusaders and New Zealand Maori, and Gatland admitted that remained the blueprint for the tests.
"You've got to put pressure on players somehow and that's one way of putting pressure on them", he said.
Owen Farrell: The European Player of the Year wasn't anywhere near his best in his all-round game and that included punting and place-kicking too. And I mean down and dirty in the most respectful way.
He added: "I thought they played very well up front". Since Adam was a cowboy if your tight five do their job then everyone else can play.
"This Test was always going to be won in the tight five".
"But there's no need to panic, we just need to get our basics right, holding onto the ball".
Up to 20,000 English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish fans are expected to visit New Zealand during the Lions tour and on Friday they were packing city centre bars on the eve of the first of three tests against the All Blacks. "There's a huge amount to be played for now down in Wellington".
To be fair most will agree that the Lions performance was OK but there is plenty to improve on ahead of next weekend's second test.
The Lions rejected those insistences out of hand, with head coach Gatland even claiming to be unfazed by what was regarded as little more than a campaign to influence refereeing decisions. British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland: "We need to be much more physical next week for the All Blacks; that was disappointing". And there was one scrum that's caught us as well. Let us know what you think in the comments.
O'Mahony's imposing mix of fury and focus can rattle New Zealand, with Ireland team-mate and fellow Lions back rower Sean O'Brien another potential All Blacks scourge.
"We created some great chances, played some lovely rugby and scored some nice tries which was very positive".
Ioane, who made his test debut off the bench previous year against Italy before taking the field again as a substitute against France, has already played the Lions twice on their 10-match tour.
We take a look at the key moments that decided the series opener.
Elliot Daly: Another to excel in an attacking capacity but there were several errors two including turnovers and a couple of missed tackles. In Conor Murray, they have a kicking scrum-half who can land the ball on a sixpence. We can't leave tries out there.
The Lions kept coming but the All Blacks now looked to be in the groove and when Williams spilt the ball on his own 10-metre line 10 minutes from time, Ioane outpaced Daly down the left wing to score his third try in three Tests.