Lions Labour To Beat Barbarians In Tour Opener

Anthony Watson celebrates after scoring the first try of the British and Irish Lions tour against the NZ Provincial Barbarians

Anthony Watson celebrates after scoring the first try of the British and Irish Lions tour against the NZ Provincial Barbarians

Player ratingsBritish and Irish Lions: Joe Marler 6, Rory Best 5, Kyle Sinckler 7, Alun Wyn Jones 5, Iain Henderson 4, Ross Moriarty 5, Sam Warburton 5, Taulupe Faletau 8, Greig Laidlaw 5, Johnny Sexton 4, Tommy Seymour 5, Ben Te'o 6, Jonathan Joseph 5, Anthony Watson 7, Stuart Hogg 5.

"We know we didn't play so well on Saturday and it gives us an opportunity to go out and against the Blues and be positive".

You can not come to New Zealand and try to win Test matches without proper opposition, before being tested to the core, and that's what Super Rugby will do for us. That is arranged for us and we have to take our lot.

"The All Blacks are more than just a nation's rugby team, they are a national symbol and so even non-rugby supporters feed off that superiority", wrote Kay in The Times.

Their declared intention was to be only the second Lions side to win a series in New Zealand.

The Lions struggled against the Barbarians on Saturday.

The two back-row forwards were instrumental in getting the Lions front foot ball against a stubborn Provincial Barbarians squad who ran the tourists all the way.

"It isn't a great difficulty to bond four nations, but you don't want to add distractions to that". Understandably he doesn't see that as being a fair representation of how teams he coaches he plays.

"The players we've got here, they've got quality so we just need to come together a bit more than what we showed out there today, and (stop) errors".

"I kind of look and go.was it when we were successful with Wasps or was it when I was with Waikato and we won the Air New Zealand Cup?"

"We're determined to do that".

Gatland converted to the back-drop of jubilant local celebrations and the Lions made life more hard for themselves when Hogg butchered a certain try with a poor pass to Watson who was in had the ball been put in front of him.

Spencer said: "On a Lions tour we have our traditions that other tours don't have and part of that is engaging with the community". Hopefully we can put in the massive performance in that the Lions shirt deserves. It was calm heads and calm voices which we had just to be able to build that second-half performance.

"Look at the Lions tour".

"I don't like the word brand but what a creed, what a concept".

That more than cancelled out the opening score of the game, Sexton's 15th-minute penalty, but by then the Irishman had already missed an eminently kickable chance he would normally expect to take. "That was great for us we have plenty of footage for us to (use to) work on some defensive things, improve our attack organisation but for a first hit out I am pretty pleased".

"It mustn't be lost".

The Barbarians meanwhile returned to their homes to prepare for their day jobs on Monday in a land where the median annual wage is close to a third of the Lions tour fee.

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