Lions are ready to roar ahead of first Test, insists Graham Rowntree

Solenn Plantier
Juin 25, 2017

"We have a [security] team in there and they are good at doing their job".

Exeter wing Nowell was back in form with a brace, while Jared Payne crossed and a penalty try completed the Lions' scoring at the FMG Stadium.

Gatland said there were plenty of positives to take from the win over the Chiefs and indicated some of those involved in Hamilton had played themselves into contention for a spot in the Test squad.

"He's ready to do it", said countryman and club colleague CJ Stander.

Donald's penalty on the stroke of half-time was the only source of frustration for the Lions in an otherwise excellent first half, as it ensured they would only go in seven points ahead despite their dominant performance.

"I have no doubt there will be some healthy debate".

The Lions failed to impress in New Zealand as they struggled in three of their first four games but they have been brutally clinical in their last two matches if somewhat restricted and one-dimensional.

The time for words, and predictions, is almost over, as the Lions prepare to test themselves against the All Blacks, and it is their top team's pack - dominant against the Crusaders and NZ Maori - which will receive perhaps the biggest examination. At the start of the year I didn't think I had a chance.

He was on the other side of the scoreline past year when the Chiefs thrashed his Wales side 40-7 in a tour match.

"We were apparently bad scrummagers last week", Foster said.

After six tour matches, the time has come.

Asked if the Lions must transfer the attacking display from the Chiefs into Saturday's Test opener, Nowell replied: "I think we've got to; if you let any New Zealand team, let alone the All Blacks, play rugby, they're going to really play".

"It was obvious they suffocated us...they saw our little nudges in behind and a couple of our little plays".

"To have Reado back would be a real boost for us".

"He has got quite a rugged approach to the game".

"This week we are bad at something else, and next week I can guarantee we will be useless at something else next week, so that's how I'm treating it".

"But on Saturday we're up against the best team in the world in their own back yard, a place they haven't been beaten at since 1994".

"Whatever happens, happens. You've done as much as you can now and whoever gets selected for the Test we are going to get behind them".

CHIEFS: S Stevenson; T Pulu (C Tiatia, 12), T Nanai-Williams, J Faauli, S Alaimalo (L Laulala, 66); S Donald, F Christie (J Taumateine, 58); S Fisi'ihoi (A Ross, 64), L Polwart (H Elliot, 60), N Laulala (A Moli, 64); D Bird, M Allardice (M Karpik, 64), M Brown, L Boshier, T Sanders (L Messam, 55).

The sextet of Hill, Dell, Wales' Gareth Davies, Kristian Dacey and Tomos Francis plus Scotland's Finn Russell will stay with the squad for another week and leave the party after next Tuesday's encounter with the Hurricanes.

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