Farrell wins fitness battle for Lions Test against New Zealand

Ardie Savea of the All Blacks runs away to score a try

Asked whether Hansen had been disrespectful to the Lions ahead of next Saturday's first Test at Eden Park, Gatland replied: "A little bit". Joseph also has the pace, footwork and eye for the try-line that the Lions have occasionally lacked on this tour.

Maybe you had to be there to fully appreciate the tingling sense of occasion and the way the Lions subdued both a fired up Maori team and the majority in the 28,000 sell-out crowd.

You watch the All Blacks and they bust a gut and it's not just one them - it's two or three at a time.

Kaino describes South African Peyper as a fair official who is adept at keeping teams aware of concerns, making the game easier for players.

A striking feature of this carefully managed tour is how the three sets of front-rows have operated nearly independently.

Further pressure led to Itoje's try in the 53rd. O'Brien's work rate was akin to Itoje's in its energy and effectiveness, and ditto Faletau, along with his footwork and restart returns.

"All I am asking is the officials are aware of it and look at it and they did that on Saturday night so I was happy with it". As an aside, he developed a good, respectful relationship with Jaco Payper, nearly referring to him as sir.

But it's what the Lions do on Saturday that counts and whoever is selected must deliver.

Gatland said its frustrating the amount of off the ball play in terms of blocking and holding back that is going. "Steve Borthwick and Graham Rowntree are putting us under some pressure in training. We're giving players a chance there from a counter attack perspective". We've got an idea in our heads.

It was built around the accurate kick-chase game of Ireland halves Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton, and a forward pack thriving on old-school driving up the middle.

The move has proved controversial, with Gatland accused of devaluing the famous Lions jersey by adding players to his squad based more on geographical proximity than playing ability.

They had the better of the Maori in the air and at the breakdown, and they dominated the scrums in the second half.

"That made it a lot easier for us to get up in the air and to compete".

"I heard from someone over the weekend that he recently got engaged as well so I'd like to congratulate him on his engagement". He will train tomorrow'.

The scrum advantage was complemented by a fully-functioning lineout, run by the lock George Kruis, that saw the Lions seal 100 per cent of their own ball, and with Leinster's Furlong thrown into the mix - a standout performer once again - this is clearly an area where the Lions feel they can take the fight to the reigning world champions over the next three weeks.

Gatland insisted he was "always confident" that Owen Farrell would be available for the Test despite the England playmaker's thigh strain, but the head coach is offering no guarantees to his captain, Sam Warburton. I was pretty disappointed with the way he played for Leinster in that semi-final. "At a pinch he probably could have played on Saturday". We'll keep raising it.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has been firing barbs at Gatland, accusing him of having only one style of play, claiming inside knowledge of the Lions reinforcements and saying New Zealand's thumping 78-0 over Samoa on Friday was "just the start".

"We're going to need some players that may double up". We haven't sat down and discussed and we'll wait until Wednesday.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland has suggested that New Zealand counterpart Steven Hansen's consistent mocking is a cover for an increasingly anxious figure prior to Saturday's opening Test in Auckland. "We felt very comfortable there", said George.

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