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All Black management unconcerned about Lions' defence

21 June 2017

It is something to which Lions coach Warren Gatland alluded to earlier in the week and there were further examples in the victory over the Chiefs. It was great to get the win with the boys. "Test selection would be awesome".

With a number of names already inked in, the back three will cause Gatland a headache. "If I got anywhere near it, it would be unbelievable".

"We created a lot of chances, especially in that third quarter. We appreciate the feedback, but it doesn't change much of our plan".

For the first few games in South Africa in '09 there weren't that many fans there, but all of a sudden we got to Durban and it was a sea of red. We have to play well on Saturday.

The Lions had their final warm-up match this morning, taking on the Chiefs having not won a midweek match on the tour so far.

The Chiefs may have been weakened by All Blacks call-ups, but they were restricted to just two Stephen Donald penalties, both in the first half.

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Four tries from the tourists sent them to Auckland in confident mood and this impressive display saw the Lions hit their straps in attack, Jack Nowell scoring twice in an impressive individual showing.

According to English winger Elliot Daly, the management have not yet addressed the Eden Park factor. There were too many laboured passes when it needed to be snap, snap, hands out in front the ball bobbing through like a hot potato.

The Wasps man is in form, contributes all round the field, and boasts an excellent, left-footed kicking game.

"From a defensive point of view, we are getting stronger and stronger".

Speaking to the Telegraph, Feehan added: "Nothing is flawless in this life and if someone is determined enough they probably will get something but all we can do is try to ensure that that they don't".

"This is going to be a big game, tough teams who want this a lot and we've just got to make sure that we keep trusting what we do".

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It is a unusual, nerve-wracking 24 hours or so between the final midweek game and the first Test but as long as you know you've done your best to get on the field that's all you can do.

The Lions ran in some classy tries against the Chiefs as their backline finally clicked - and Nowell has insisted the Lions must bid to repeat that feat against the All Blacks.

Rowntree was pleased that the players in the Chiefs game were able to put in an 80-minute performance and suggested some of them may have done enough to force their way into the test team.

An anxious wait is now in prospect for the players as Gatland mulls over his options.

"I was living in Mosgill at the time in 1971 when the Lions were playing down there, and my father took my brother but not me, so I sulked about that".

"Picking the squad every week has been tough, and I think it is going to be even tougher now". Tonight that was the Chiefs and moving forwards we'll speak about the All Blacks. What we don't know is the exact make up of Warren Gatland's 23-man squad for Saturday's first Test.

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