Best to captain Lions against Hurricanes

Best to captain Lions against Hurricanes

Best to captain Lions against Hurricanes

Tuesday's match against the Hurricanes offers an opportunity for many players to put their hands up for selection in Saturday's matchday 23.

Second-row George Kruis is the only player to have played against New Zealand who is being asked to feature again, which might suggest his Test place is in doubt, after being named on the bench.

We knew that when we got our stuff right our performance would go up a notch. When you see someone dive at someone's leg. you feel for the player, it's a little bit concerning that they're not actually trying to charge the kick down, they're nowhere near it.

Rory Best will captain the British and Irish Lions for his side's next game against the Hurricanes in Wellington on Tuesday. "And I thought that was a little bit risky".

"So I'll just be asking politely that the officials look at that and make sure they protect him". Many originally predicted that that match would have no influence on the makings of the Test side but Warren Gatland's decision to include players in the first Test based on last Tuesday's game against the Chiefs has changed this thinking somewhat.

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The All Blacks dominated the Lions in the tight-five exchanges in Saturday's first Test in Auckland, and Gatland admitted he also has questions over the lineout maul officiating. "I know he gets managed by England in terms of the amount of training that he does. We were happy to create something like that and finish it off, but we probably left three tries out there, and that is the most disappointing thing".

"And we said all along that we weren't coming here to bitch and moan about the refereeing and we needed to make sure that we played and looked after things ourselves and were in control of our own things".

Wing George North and centre Jonathan Joseph will both start against the Hurricanes, while Jack Nowell is at full-back.

It means the tourists now face a must-win encounter against the All Blacks next weekend, otherwise the series will be over one game inside the distance.

New Zealand will be without the fullback Ben Smith and midfield back Ryan Crotty for the second Test against the Lions.

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"They didn't really play champagne rugby did they?" said Gatland.

"That's what I wanted to see from the Lions to complement the promising aspects of their play we have seen in recent weeks". We didn't take our chances, and we didn't get any scoreboard pressure on them.

"Because as a Kiwi I understand what the mindset is, and often the mindset is to stop the strength of the opposition".

"In fairness to (New Zealand), they were pretty aggressive at the breakdown, came hard and won the collisions". But overall, they got the better of us in that area and we need to improve in that aspect.

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