The final game before the first test provided the Lions with tough opposition in the former Super Rugby champions, Chiefs. However, with a number of key players on international duty with the All Blacks, it was a game the far more experienced Lions should have won.
The first half provided some excitement when Jack Nowell dived over the line for the Lions’ first try and excellent defence meant the Chiefs didn’t look like scoring. A superb first half was marred slightly by Joe Marler’s yellow card for a cynical shoulder charge but the Lions held on conceding just three points in this period.
The second half opened up with the Lions adding three more tries. A penalty try was followed up by Jared Payne and Nowell crossing to give the Lions a convincing 6-34 victory.
The Lions finally got going in attack and if the team can do that on Satuarday, they may just give the All Blacks a challenge. With that, let’s look at how the players rated.