Warburton: I am a big doubt for the first Test

Postado Junho 20, 2017

There are still a few places open but they are closing quickly.

Head coach Gatland was nonplussed by criticism of the Lions' scrum in their impressive 12-3 win over the Crusaders, who fielded a full All Blacks tight-five.

"And that's been challenging".

"We have to become the best pack in the world and at our best to challenge the All Blacks and the Super Rugby teams".

"We need to be as ruthless as we can be because as we go through this tour the teams we coming up against are going to be getting more and more ruthless". He was reluctant to come off; in his own words he quite "forcibly" stated his wishes to continue, but it was a case of "better safe than sorry".

"I have been hammered by the New Zealand media, so it has been a targeted campaign against me personally", Gatland told talkSPORT.

Lions coach Warren Gatland named a completely new starting 15 on Sunday and the New Zealander can expect another bruising test of his side's credentials with the three-match series against the All Blacks looming on the horizon.

However, Lions defence coach Farrell is pushing his charges even harder in training so they will peak for their first outing against the All Blacks in Auckland on June 24.

Stuart Hogg faces a nervous 48-hour wait to discover whether his cheek injury could end his British and Irish Lions tour.

Fit-again Warburton will skipper the Lions in Tuesday's Highlanders clash, but feels he needs to string two or three showings together to hit top form.

"The players are really happy with the way the tour is progressing and how we're developing as a team". We've got to remember the first Test is not the be-all and end-all. Conor Murray was outstanding. Things are looking up for the Lions, and who'd have thought that after the loss to the Blues?

"I think the Highlanders have got the underlining physicality".

"A high paced, breakneck speed, side-to-side type of game with an attacking kicking game that is very threatening as well so we have got it all on Tuesday night".

"We know the quality of players we have". Owen Farrell and Johnny Sexton came on and they ran the game well.

Asked if he learned anything new from the Lions' performance, Robertson said: "No. At this level when you explain something to a group and you think you're talking to just a certain minority, the rest of them tend to listen as well and pick it up". They played a way we're not so used to in Super Rugby. Just because there are 500 passes in a game doesn't mean it's a good game.

"The law says there must be a small gap; they don't play to the law of the game".

"Steve (Hansen) will know that". Both are known for their work-rate and if the Lions employ the same kicking tactics as those that proved so successful against the Crusaders they will be clocking a lot of metres on the kick-chase.

Webb will keep the back row interested at the breakdown as he likes a snipe close to the ruck, while the kicking games of Biggar and Payne should allow the Lions to dictate territory and apply pressure that way.