Owen Farrell a doubt for first Lions Test

Solenn Plantier
Juin 23, 2017

British and Irish Lions vs Crusaders AMI Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand - 10/6/17 - Peter O'Mahony of the Lions celebrating the win over the Crusaders.

The Lions have won two and lost two of their four tour games and Jenkins added: "We're expecting a tough, physical, fast game of rugby, like another Test match".

Ronan O'Gara is anxious that the Lions have no players with the "X-factor" to hurt the All Blacks as head coach Warren Gatland was forced to delay naming his side to face the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua this weekend until early this morning.

The Lions have set the bar, and can provide the spine of the team, complimented by the likes of Etzebeth, Kriel, Du Toit and the impressive Du Preez.

"This result hits the momentum a little bit", said Warburton after he played for 68 minutes.

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

New Zealand is already in the grip of the Lions tour, the Springboks have opened up a promised new chapter in some style, we've had a clutch of noteworthy performances across the global spectrum, and, if that's not enough, there is the Under-20 championship in Georgia.

Defeat stems the momentum once again.

Sinckler accepted that the Highlanders - just like the Crusaders on Saturday - were trying to influence the officials against the Lions' scrum, but has vowed the tourists will keep their counsel on the field.

The loss against a Highlanders side missing seven players on global duty was a disappointment for Gatland's men, who were looking to build momentum after beating the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday. Elliot Daly's monster last-gasp kick was a chance for the Lions to triumph but his 57-metre pot shot could not find the target.

England lock Courtney Lawes is further away from being fit, however, after sustaining a head injury in the narrow loss to Highlanders.

Warburton said the Lions' discipline was disappointing. "I'm sure for the neutrals, for the Highlanders fans, it was a great game to watch but for us, there's a lot of learning to do". Tuesday's game was like a Test match, the speed, intensity and collisions.

"It was heavy in the last quarter and we need to address that and we spoke about nailing big moments, so there's one or two moments we need to keep improving on. We recognise the challenge that is ahead of us on Saturday, but we're really excited as a group by the opportunity we have to represent New Zealand, Maoridom and the fans that will descend on Rotorua this weekend", Cooper said. "For the neutrals, it was a good game". Iain Henderson - Ulster, Ireland 20.

"That's what Peter will bring to the team on Saturday". George Kruis - Saracens, England 6.

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