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Lions outclass Chiefs before first NZ Test

Pammachio Corsino | 20 Giugno, 2017, 17:24

Jack Nowell, who has endured a hard tour on the wing, scored twice, an opportunistic pick-and-go in the first half and a fine finish in the second.

Nowell's 25th-minute first was secured via a leaping effort from a pick-and-go before the floodgates opened for the Lions in the second stanza. He treated the question with caution, saying the Lions coaches would carefully pore over footage from the match before finalizing a test lineup on Wednesday and announcing it publicly the following day.

The French referees of the British and Irish Lions Tour have been making headlines for their calls, but none have had quite the same flair as Jerome Garces had tonight while officiating the game between the Chiefs and the Lions. We want to put in a complete performance and get the result.

Chiefs heads dropped after Nowell's slickly taken try and Jared Payne soon added another when Williams caught the defence napping with a quick restart to set him up and confirm the big win. And the final offering, Anthony Watson, has been lively and is a good direct, runner and finisher, but Daly and Nowell offer more footwork, more energy and more problems to defenders.

Kiwi Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw are re-united in midfield while the back three is Liam Williams with England wingers Elliot Daly and Jack Nowell either side of him.

But he said such shepherding was often hard to spot and warned "we'll keep raising it".

Understandable probably given that while the Chiefs have been together fro seven months, this particular team was so devoid of regular starters that they weren't so far ahead of the Lions in time on the training paddock. They have been occasionally criticized in their first five tour matches for a lack of attacking enterprise but they showed against the Chiefs they can do the basics with total efficiency while still producing an expansive game.


"We didn't have plans to lose and we wanted to play with a bit of excitement and score a few tries and finish the last midweek game going into the series well".

Ireland number eight CJ Stander was one of those who may have put himself in the frame for selection at the weekend as the Lions forwards controlled the game by building phases and forcing errors.

"This was massive for us today,"Nowell said".

"When we got some decent ball we showed what the backline can do", he said. We set a target in the dressing room about discipline.

Gatland could now be left to ponder whether to start the out-of-sorts George North on the left wing against New Zealand, or promote Daly into the Test XV.

Foster, meanwhile, gave short shrift to Lions boss Warren Gatland's comments three days ago when he highlighted what he sees as New Zealand players illegally blocking to prevent opponents contesting possession in the air.

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