Lions name team to face Maori All Blacks

Ross Houston
June 24, 2017

The Lions hit back after Joseph made up for his missed tackle on Naholo with a try of his own.

Gatland and his coaching staff must have been heavily impressed with the Cork man in training and around camp over the last few weeks.

Indiscipline at crucial times has also let the Lions down, with Gatland keen to reduce the penalty count.

Squad skipper Warburton, who played for 68 minutes, was also anxious about the massive penalty count.

"Any team will tell you the morning after a win is a much better buzz".

Carter retired from worldwide rugby after helping the All Blacks to World Cup glory back in 2015, having carved out an outstanding career studded with personal and collective highs.

There were positives. CJ Stander was vast despite this being his third game in a week, carrying relentlessly and smashing himself into the tackle time and time again.

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Warburton, returning from an ankle injury which has restricted him to only 60 minutes playing time on tour, had a strong game and saw positives in a performance in which the Lions outscored the Highlanders three tries to two.

A mixed start to the tour has led New Zealand media, and many quarters back home, to write Warren Gatland's side off and certainly Carter agrees that they there is a huge skills gap there that needs to be bridged.

Elliot Daly's monster last-gasp kick was a chance for the Lions to grab it back but his 57-metre pot shot couldn't find the target. Lawes will go through the normal protocols with his fitness set to be assessed in the coming days.

Warburton said the Lions' discipline was disappointing.

Gatland, however, felt the inconsistency was due to the different interpretations between Frenchman Raynal and Australian Angus Gardner, who was in control on Tuesday. That performance seemed to push O'Mahony to the head of the queue in terms of starting at six for the Test matches.

'One of the reasons we selected him as captain of the squad is that he is an absolute quality player. "In the second half we gave away four quick penalties and one more could have been a yellow card. We scored tries which was a positive". Iain Henderson - Ulster, Ireland 20.

The British and Irish Lions will face a team of warriors "bound by blood" in Rotorua on Saturday, Maori All Blacks star Liam Messam has warned.

In a game which has been billed as the tour's unofficial "fourth Test", O'Mahony will follow Sam Warburton, Ken Owens and Alun Wyn Jones in leading the 2017 Lions.

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