That’s more like it. A very promising win over the New Zealand Maori for the Lions on Saturday – their defence and set piece were particularly pleasing, keeping the Maori to a meagre 10 points. To negate running threats like Rieko Ioane and Nehe Milner-Skudder so completely was great to
New Zealand Maori 10 - 32 LionsThe game in Rotorua began with a ferocious haka from the all Maori side and ended in a decisive away victory, fought and won by a marauding Lions’ pack and converted by Halfpenny’s boot. The Maori All Blacks didn’t really give much cause
Lions win crucial Maori clashThe British and Irish Lions warmed up for their first fixture against New Zealand with an emphatic 32-10 victory or the Maori All Blacks. Whilst the game was full of Lions dominance in many facets, which will be playing of New Zealand's minds, there will be
Here is the Lions side to take on the Chiefs, in the final match before the first Test.British & Irish Lions (v Chiefs, Tuesday June 20, FMG Stadium, Waikato, 7.35pm NZST/8.35am BST)
15. Liam Williams – Scarlets, Wales, #833
14. Jack Nowell – Exeter Chiefs, England, #828
13. Jared Payne – Ulster, Ireland,
Tell us what you thought of the game between the Maori All Blacks and the Lions in Rotorua today.Which players performed well? Did anyone play themselves into or out of the Test side for next week?Give the match a rating out of ten and share your thoughts in the
Wales' Cory Hill, Kristian Dacey, Gareth Davies and Tomas Francis will join the squad following their Test against Tonga in Auckland.
Gatland said: "We have said all along that we need to give ourselves the best chance of winning the Test series and that could potentially involve calling up players.
A disappointing loss to the Highlanders has threatened to derail the positive feeling earned by the Lions with that tight win over the Crusaders. However, the Highlanders game certainly featured more of a second-string Lions side and familiar issues were exposed – namely poor discipline and an inability to be
Here is the lineup to take on the NZ Maori this weekend in Rotorua.Owen Farrell was initially selected on the bench, but has "suffered a grade one quadriceps strain in training and has been ruled out of the British & Irish Lions match against Maori All Blacks on Saturday evening."Farrell
We are now at the midway point of the Lions tour – four games down, two losses and two wins. Everyone has had a chance to stake their claim, and while the test team won’t be set in stone just yet, you can expect Gatland to begin to separate the
Highlanders 23 - 22 Lions
It was very much a second string team who came to Dunedin to face the Highlanders in the perfect conditions enclosed by the vibrant Forsyth Barr stadium. It was a game for Gatland to experiment and to play the players he’s still not sure