British & Irish Lions team to face Otago Highlanders

"As a team we are preparing for Tuesday's game against the Highlanders but we are very pleased about how it went and hopefully we can look at the review and see what else we could have done better".

Countering it is the task handed to interim Highlanders head coach Scott McLeod, who ironically normally focuses on defence. "I know when I do, I'll be absolutely fine so I'm delighted to be getting this start", Warburton said. "They don't play to the law of the game so Super Rugby sides tend to scrummage illegally then, if that's the case", Gatland said.

The Lions still won comfortably and it proved that if you can stop New Zealand teams playing a loose type of game and frustrate them, as Ireland did in Chicago, they are vulnerable. "I think we came through pretty well".

You could nearly hear the collective sigh of relief in the Lions' box at the end of yesterday's crunch tie against the hitherto unbeaten Crusaders. He was happy with many aspects of the Lions' attacking game in Christchurch, especially their use of accurate kicking to get in behind the Crusaders defensive line.

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Dan Biggar is fit to return and start at fly-half having completed all the relevant concussions testing, and Murray suffered a suspected dislocated finger against the Crusaders but Lions bosses are unconcerned by the minor issue. That's why these 80 minutes at Forsyth Barr Stadium are so vital for the man who led the Lions on their successful tour of Australia in 2013.

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With the Tests in mind, the Lions made points a priority and Farrell landed three penalties in the first half to one for the Crusaders by Richie Mo'unga.

This week's episode of The Hard Yards sees Stephen Ferris, Kev McLaughlin, Kiwi rugby writer Hamish Bidwell, Ladbrokes' Andy Wildig and host Andy McGeady discussing the underwhelming start to the Lions Tour and New Zealand's relationship with prodigal son Warren Gatland. The World Cup winning coach had to be impressed by the way that the Lions shut down any real attacking threat from Canterbury, and the fact that, while they did not finish off many of their own opportunities, the Lions created plenty. "I'm desperate to get another win and kick on again so the confidence can grow". I'm really excited about Tuesday's challenge.

The Highlanders have named a trio of All Blacks backs in Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa and Lima Sopoaga in their side.

They face Highlanders in their fourth game on Tuesday morning (8.35am, live on RTÉ Radio and live blog on rte.ie) looking to build on Saturday's win over Crusaders.

"I think he's got some bonuses out of it that he probably didn't expect with Jonathan Davies coming on and seeing [Owen] Farrell and [Johnny] Sexton work together".

British & Irish Lions J Payne; J Nowell, J Joseph, R Henshaw, T Seymour; D Biggar, R Webb; J Marler, R Best, K Sinckler, C Lawes, I Henderson, J Haskell, S Warburton (capt), CJ Stander.

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