Sabato, 20 Aprile, 2019

First blood to the All Blacks

Lions Peter O'Mahony runs onto the pitch with the mascot Lions Peter O'Mahony runs onto the pitch with the mascot
Pammachio Corsino | 25 Giugno, 2017, 12:21

Lions' Rieko Ioane scores their second try.

Daly managed to stay in the field of play initially but the TMO ruled Dagg stopped the Wasps man from grounding the ball before he was eventually bundled out.

"And we've lost a couple where it's come forward and and then one that's gone through the hands towards the end of the game".

"So we need to fix those things for next week".

Kruis, like Vunipola, struggled to make an impact at Eden Park with the game being played at a frightening pace and the giant lock may find himself out of the squad entirely next weekend, such is the Lions' strength at second-row.

Davies was then involved twice in the move, linking initially with Daly, and then giving the scoring delivery to O'Brien and sending the thousands of Lions' fans wild.

It was only the world champions' second game of the year following a 78-0 drubbing of Samoa at the same stadium eight days' previously but Steve Hansen's proved they are not the best team on the planet for nothing as they outclassed the Lions at the breakdown and set-piece and were more clinical in the final third.

Their pressure was overwhelming and it seemed in the first half hour that the Lions were collapsing.

But the truth is that but for that score and a brief spell after half-time, the chasm between Warren Gatland's side and New Zealand was cavernous.

The result made sense, but maybe not the way it was achieved, as the All Blacks took the game 30-15.


"I thought our tight five were very, very good".

"We spoke about them potentially trying to slow our line speed down by kicking in behind us a bit more".

"I think it was more our ability to play off nine and get behind them that really hurt them and took away what they wanted to do".

"The All Blacks haven't played champagne rugby and thrown the ball around all over the place but, to be fair to them, they were very direct and so we need to make sure we get better in those areas".

A scrum just outside the 22 gave them a ideal attacking platform and following a ludicrous offload from Read to scrum-half Aaron Smith the ball found its way to Ioane who raced over in the corner. In fairness to them they were very physical up front. If you look at the tries, they are easily fixable.

The All Blacks dominated the Lions in the tight-five exchanges in Saturday's first Test in Auckland, and Gatland admitted he also has questions over the lineout maul officiating.

"He's now in what we're saying is a pre-season - we've got to give him the ability to rebuild and come back".

It was not enough to turn the tide for the Lions but it will give Gatland plenty of food for thought.

That missed opportunity cost the tourists, and following three points from the boot of Beauden Barrett, the All Blacks were soon over for their first try.

J Nowell (England), T Seymour (Scotland), J Joseph (England), R Henshaw (Ireland), G North (Wales), D Biggar (Wales), G Laidlaw (Scotland), J Marler (England), R Best (Ireland, capt), D Cole (England), I Henderson (Ireland), C Lawes, J Haskell (both England), J Tipuric (Wales), CJ Stander (Ireland).

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