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Gatland says Lions spots up for grabs after first Test flop

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Sveva Terracina | 25 Giugno, 2017, 13:20

"We are obviously hugely disappointed with the result last night but it is important to regroup", said head coach Gatland. "They won a few turnovers but I just think you need the physical presence maybe of a Sam Warburton, O'Brien together alongside Faletau", added Williams.

Maro Itoje had been among the Lions' standout players ahead of the opening Test but started on the bench, behind club team-mate George Kruis, on Saturday.

"He can do things I can't, and maybe I can do things he can't", Barrett said. "You don't become the No. 1 side in the world without having a quality tight five".

The Lions nearly scored after three minutes amid a positive start when Elliot Daly went over following a superb break by Jonathan Davies, but the try was disallowed as Israel Dagg was able to force him into touch.

The first half at Eden Park was a tight affair, but the British and Irish Lions were not able to capitalise on their opportunities in the second period.

"The All Blacks haven't played champagne rugby and thrown the ball all over the place".

"I always find it amusing when everyone tells us they're going to beat us up in the tight five".


The game was finely balanced at half-time, with the host leading 13-8 at the interval.

"When you see someone dive at someone's leg and it's blind, you feel for the player, and it's a little bit concerning that they are actually not trying to charge the kick down, because they are nowhere near it".

Their set piece was stuck in neutral, just holding in the scrum and not quite smooth enough in their lineout work to create either a platform to go wide or drive. Davies arrives in support before passing wide to Daly, who draws his man before returning the ball to the centre. They came very hard off nine, which got them some good front-foot ball and they were very aggressive at the breakdown.

Barrett echoed what already looks like being the All Blacks mantra of the week - "it's a good start but it's only a start" - and is particularly excited to be heading home to Wellington for Saturday's second test.

However there was no panic from the All Blacks and a brace from speedster Reiko Iaone ensured that it was New Zealand who drew first blood in the three-match Test series.

New Zealand: Ben Smith (Aaron Cruden 26); Israel Dagg, Ryan Crotty (Anton Lienert-Brown 32), Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith (TJ Perenara 56); Joe Moody (Wyatt Crockett 53), Codie Taylor (Nathan Harris 66), Owen Franks (Charlie Faumuina 53), Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino (Ardie Savea 45), Sam Cane, Kieran Read (c)(Scott Barrett 77).

Hansen added that while a superb scrum from the All Blacks had set up Rieko Ioane's first try in the 56th minute, which effectively was the moment that sealed the game, it had been a steady accumulation of pressure that was crucial. Read lunged for the ball only for the whole scrum to shunt on, so he readjusted, made sure he avoided touching the ball and knocking on - and then flicked a stunning pass off the ground to scrum-half Aaron Smith. "We know what to expect for next week", said the New Zealander.

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