Lions outmuscle Maori to register morale-boosting win

Vaea Fifita of the All Blacks runs over to score a try

Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill and Gareth Davies were called up by Gatland from the Wales squad which beat Tonga on Friday and Allan Dell and Finn Russell from the Scotland team that beat Australian on Saturday.

A week ahead of facing New Zealand in their first test clash, the Lions earned a convincing 32-10 win in Rotorua to make it three victories and two defeats from their five outings thus far.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen had said on Thursday that he suspected Gatland was about to expand his squad in order to give him the opportunity to run two separate teams for the crunch end of the tour.

"The game went a long way to nailing down a few positions for that all-important first Test".

It has been positive to hear the Lions firing off a few shots of their own, and Gatland certainly came out swinging after his side's 32-10 win over the Māori, suggesting that Hansen has only been sniping at him because he's anxious about the Lions.

Andy Farrell believes the British & Irish Lions are relishing the challenge of shutting down a prolific New Zealand attack, just as they have done to the Crusaders and Maori All Blacks, writes Simon Lewis.

"I really hope the Lions tour does not become overshadowed by the row over the six call-ups, but I am sorry to say that, for me, it strikes the wrong note", McGeechan wrote.

JONATHAN DAVIES and Ben Te'o made great breaks against the Maoris but the Lions' support play must improve and be clinical against the All Blacks in the first Test.

Halfpenny was also unerring with six penalties and a conversion for the visitors who now face the Waikato Chiefs on Tuesday in Hamilton.

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"We're going to need some players that may double up".

We did a little bit in Carton House, where we weren't put in the same team together but we were, I suppose, doing a drill where at times he was at second receiver and at times I was.

England coach Eddie Jones said Gatland has resorted to selecting players on the basis of "geographical proximity" rather than ability.

"I thought we squeezed the life out of them, and even the try they scored was a speculative one. Personally, I do see that making sense".

In Rotorua, however, they ground the Maori into submission and pulled off a victory that could have been more emphatic.

"And on the back of that, if we haven't earned the right we've also been good at adjusting".

It is all but confirmed that the matchday squad for Saturday's first Test against the All Blacks will be made up of the 22 men not selected for Tuesday's game in Hamilton and, most likely, Welsh lock Alun Wyn Jones.

In fairness to the South African, that part of the game has to be bossed by the touchies or "assistant referees" as we must now call them.

Leigh Halfpenny must complete the head-injury protocols to start at full-back against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday - so Liam Williams has been handed a chance to impress at 15 against the Chiefs.

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