Henshaw Knows He Won't Start First Lions Test

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2017

The Chiefs admit it may not be easy to play their expansive brand of rugby against the British and Irish Lions at Waikato stadium tonight.

"We have a chance to build momentum into the weekend and we have a chance to get excited about playing for the Lions against a top side".

The Lions face their first Test match against the All-Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday, 8.35am Irish time. The Lions play the Chiefs here on Tuesday.

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"Taulupe Faletau has been fantastic, Sean O'Brien has been excellent and Ross Moriarty showed in the first game why he's on the tour", said Haskell. That leaves their set pieces vulnerable and if they can not counter the Lions then it will be a long day at the office.

The All Blacks were stunned by the Irish back-row's ferocity that day, and the Lions will be hoping to capitalise on that in the fast-approaching Test series.

Gatland's allegations are sure to raise hackles in the All Blacks' camp, particularly after he said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen was "worried" about the improving Lions. England coach Eddie Jones said Gatland has resorted to selecting players on the basis of "geographical proximity" rather than ability. "The ones who deserve to be there, who would give their right arms to be there, rather than some players purely because they happen to be in the right geographical location".

"It's been a little bit harshly at times, I've been looking for it and I'm still looking for it now", Farrell said regarding several offside penalties against the Lions.

New Zealand commentators have condemned the Lions as boring and have criticized the one-dimensional nature of their game plan.

The Lions shut down the runaway Super Rugby leaders the Crusaders in a punishing 12-3 win in Christchurch, before limiting a potent Maori side to one try on Saturday. The tactic of using scrumhalf Conor Murray to repeatedly kick into the box worked against the Maori on a dewy night in Rotorua but is thought less likely to succeed against the All Blacks.

Versatile Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Savea did an admirable job at No.8 during the 78-0 crushing of Samoa last week. The issue did not even need to be raised when the Wasps flanker met the press on Monday.

"We don't see too much of a problem with that for Leigh, it's just the process we have to go through", Farrell continued. You've seen them be physical. "It makes it hard to complete attacking opportunities".

They might do so against the Chiefs.

"You always want to measure yourself against the best".

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