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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland

There are also places among the substitutes for the four Welshmen who were also called up by Warren Gatland over the weekend - a move that provoked heavy criticism of the head coach for selecting players who were close to New Zealand rather than those who most deserved to be drafted in.

Having seen the All Blacks score 12 tries in a 78-0 win over Samoa on Friday, including a number of counter-attacking tries from kicks, the Lions must realize that kicking to the All Blacks will be a hazardous practice.

"I have had no contact from the Lions at all", he said.

Gatland, however, said that there were still test discussions to be had on Wednesday, with the versatile Liam Williams given the opportunity at fullback to push for inclusion in the test squad, while tour captain Sam Warburton is under pressure from Sean O'Brien for the openside flanker role.

The attack was fast, accurate and stretched Australia the width of the pitch before great handling and support play allowed Hamish Watson to finish off an absolute stunner. Of course there is. You play the fine margins and if you play to those limits I don't see anything wrong. For us, it is a matter of focusing on our strengths as much as possible. And our discipline was so good last night, apart from one or two penalties that were avoidable- it was also good against the Crusaders.

"He (Peyper) is pretty good in how he commentates to the players in terms of what's going on and what he wants". They fully focus on the task at hand and, for Gatland, that is preparing the Test team for the huge match on Saturday.

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.

The Lions turned the screw on their hosts after half-time, and as they wrestled control so too did England lock Kruis shoulder a whole new level of leadership.

"Defensively we were strong, we weren't under any pressure from some absolutely outstanding players".

"If you cut me open I'd probably bleed red, yellow and black".

Coupled with their forward dominance in the second half, their tactical kicking and defence were superb, forcing the Maori to make mistakes and keeping them pinned inside their own territory without any ball.

"We're really grateful for their assistance and for the work they do, and they've played a big part in the success of this event".

Donald recently achieved the 100-game milestone for the Hamilton-based side and attained cult status in the region after his penalty in the 2011 World Cup final helped the All Blacks end their 24-year drought for the Webb Ellis trophy. If you look at our side, the squad is full of winners, it's full of guys who are used to winning and know how to win.

Asked if the Lions had sent a message to New Zealand, George said: "Yes I think so; all the extra stuff, all the talk about the All Blacks, we are still developing as a team and are still finding our identity".

"The Barbarians game was tough because we arrived on Wednesday and we were expected to play on the Saturday", said Sexton.

"The strength of the collective group is going to be phenomenal".

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