Ireland hooker Rory Best to lead Lions against the Chiefs

Postado Junho 20, 2017

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland reckons the world champion All Blacks are anxious ahead of next week's first Test.

But Best's cause for a double celebration will have been somewhat tarnished by the fact that his leading role in Tuesday's game means that the 34-year-old now looks to be out of Warren Gatland's plans for Saturday's first Test against the All Blacks at their Eden Park fortress in Auckland.

Wales and Scotland are now based in Auckland and Sydney respectively, with the proximity of those players having a major bearing on the selection criteria.

The Lions boss said: "The frustrating thing for us is the amount of blocking that's going on".

"It's something I don't have any control over", Schmidt told the 42.ie in the wake of Ireland's 50-22 win over Japan.

Warren Gatland has warned skipper Sam Warburton that he may be overlooked for selection in the British and Irish Lions' first test meeting with New Zealand next weekend.

"If you cut me open I probably bleed red, yellow and black; I'm very proud of my roots", Gatland said. It's full of guys who are used to winning and know how to win. "So I haven't seen anything out of the ordinary".

Schmidt confirmed that none of his squad had been in communication with the Lions management this week.

A clever Sexton kick right into the corner gave the Lions a great chance to score their opening try after 26 minutes, only for a poor lineout to let the Maoris off the hook, but Halfpenny's fourth successful strike from the tee gave the tourists a 12-10 lead.

"I can say that".

We play this game on Tuesday, hopefully we'll get the result we're after and show improvement again.

It doesn't make sense. Wade, Gatland said, arrived the day before the match, came off the bench, and didn't play well because of his lengthy travel. Not in the modern game. The two Scots only had to take a flight from Sydney, while Wales were already in New Zealand, having beaten Tonga in Auckland on Friday night.

I don't think the ABs will be fearful of what our backline has shown so far. We've got huge respect for what the Lions are and what they are bringing.

That last part is critical and Farrell is hoping his side will receive a fair deal from the match officials after, in his view, being penalised a few times in Dunedin for offside offences he feels his team didn't commit.

Schmidt expects all his players to be available for next Saturday's rematch in Tokyo, despite Simon Zebo, Paddy Jackson, Luke McGrath, Finlay Bealham, Leavy, Rhys Ruddock and Cian Healy all leaving the field with injuries during a fast-paced encounter.

Back-three players Liam Williams, Jack Nowell and Elliot Daly all have a chance of forcing their way into Test reckoning, while Iain Henderson is in flying form and can move above Jones in the pecking order with a big display. "In a couple of games we haven't been able to get up in the air because there has been that interference".

It was a pleasing win against the Maori but now we're entering the business end of the tour.