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Moment of magic gives Lions another lesson on New Zealand tour

16 June 2017

Nine of Saturday's starting XV played on the 2013 tour to Australia and Alun Wyn Jones will captain the side, as he did in the Third Test in Australia.

Gatland, a New Zealander, has welcomed the fact that most of his team's opponents, not just the All Blacks, will perform the haka.

Irish duo Peter O'Mahony and Sean O'Brien are named in the back row alongside Taulupe Faletau, while England's Owen Farrell makes his first start of the tour at fly-half next to likely Test partner Conor Murray.

Now's not the time for Warren Gatland to hold his team back, if indeed they are holding back. Dan Biggar has a six day turnaround, that's the protocol, so he's not available.

"There is so much strength in depth in this country", said Gatland.

7 June 2017; Robbie Henshaw of the British & Irish Lions is tackled by Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues during the match between Auckland Blues and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

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"We've been working pretty hard behind in training in those areas to push the players".

But that bemused All Blacks coach Hansen, who felt Gatland must have been searching for "a bit of humour" in making the comparison to the world champion.

The Blues are New Zealand's worst-performing Super Rugby side this term, but Robertson scotched the idea that losing in Auckland leaves the Lions struggling for their entire tour.

They increased their lead after the break with an Ihaia West kick, but the Lions came back with two penalties from Lee Halfpenny.

"It was another proud moment for me, and for the players themselves and club, to get that result tonight".

"Coming up against what's probably the best pack in Super Rugby, it's an opportunity for us to lay a marker down", George said.

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"To concede (a late try) the way we did having fought back twice was disappointing", he said. We picked him because he has got more to his game than that with his offloading ability.

Such a haul includes every member of their tight five - Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Luke Romano and captain Sam Whitelock - as well as the likes of Seta Tamanivalu and returning full-back Israel Dagg. Replacements: Ben Funnell, Wyatt Crockett, Michael Ala'alatoa, Quinten Strange, Jed Brown, Mitchell Drummond, Mitchell Hunt, Tim Bateman. Replacements: K Owens, J McGrath, D Cole, M Itoje, CJ Stander, R Webb, J Sexton, A Watson.

"There is still a lot of rugby to be played before the Tests".

British and Irish Lions great Simon Shaw was furious with referee Pascal Gauzere's decision to award Sonny Bill Williams' try for the Blues in their shock 22-16 victory over the touring side.

Gatland's Lions will find a similarity with the All Blacks in their next match on Saturday against the Canterbury Crusaders.

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Moment of magic gives Lions another lesson on New Zealand tour