Facing the Lions in Auckland was the daunting task of a team who hadn’t lost at home since 2009, 46 test matches.
The All Blacks are the best rugby team on the planet and for a team who had only been together for four weeks, the task was even more difficult.
The Lions nearly had a perfect start when Elliot Daly went for the corner, only to be held up by Israel Dagg. After constant Lions pressure, it was the home side who opened the scoring after Cody Taylor made a superb pick up to go into the corner. Sean O’Brien replied for the Lions after Liam Williams created the opportunity. The Lions trailed 13-8 at half time.
Again the Lions started the second half brightly but failed to convert their chances. Two tries from Reiko Ioane finished the game off but it was the Lions who finished the strongest with Rhys Webb crossing to make the final score 30-15 to New Zealand.
The Lions created good chances but failed to take them and the forwards didn’t assert themselves into the game as much as usual.
Plenty to work on for the next test, but for now, let’s look at how to players rated.