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Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland have wound each other up at times on this tour, adding to the tension and excitement ahead of the weekend. It’s incredible though how the momentum in terms of All Black backing seems to have slowed even in the past week as, make no mistake, the Lions have shown they can be a serious contender in the coming three games.
When New Zealand brushed aside Samoa last Friday all the talk was of a 3-0 series sweep. Then followed another solid showing from the Lions on the Saturday, against the Maori All Blacks, and again on Tuesday when the midweek outfit also shone, albeit against a depleted Chiefs.
Perhaps the Maori game was a better gauge to judge where the Lions are at and despite that host team not having lots of time to click, the way the Lions closed down Damian McKenzie, Rieko Ioane, James Lowe, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Akira Ioane and more was a sign they’re on the right track. Now doing the same against the likes of Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg and Kieran Read is the big challenge awaiting them.
Defensively they appear supremely confident at the moment but the team selection from head coach Gatland shows they want to play too, with Liam Williams preferred over Leigh Halfpenny while Elliot Daly is rewarded for his form with a start ahead of George North in the 11 shirt.
Surprise too came from the All Blacks as they went for Ioane in place of Julian Savea while Anton Lienert-Brown is nudged out by the returning Ryan Crotty. TJ Perenara continuing to miss out on the XV does perplex though as he’s been the best nine in world rugby in 2017.
While it’s an exciting line-up from Gatland, don’t expect the Lions to throw the ball around on Saturday, especially with the forecast in Auckland predicting rain over the next two days. If that’s the case one has to feel that would suit the Lions and their strong tight game that is built on Conor Murray’s tactical kicking.
The benches too will also have a major role to play as impact is primed for both teams, in particular Maro Itoje for the Lions, which all adds to a fascinating prospect at Eden Park as two contrasting styles clash. What wins through will take a massive step towards series glory.
New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Aaron Cruden/Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
British and Irish Lions: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Peter O’Mahony (c), 5 George Kruis, 4 Alun Wyn Jones, 3 Tadgh Furlong, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Sam Warburton, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Jonathan Sexton, 23 Leigh Halfpenny