Sam Warburton: 'I could miss first British & Irish Lions Test'

"I definitely need more games".

In replacement fullback Anthony Watson, the Lions have unearthed a diamond in the rough, and with Scotland's Stuart Hogg out of the tour and Leigh Halfpenny steady without being scintillating, Watson could come into series contention. "It's a great ground to play in, so I'd imagine the scoreline will be a little bit different to the Crusaders game. The coaches are going to start putting their Test team together pretty soon".

Stuart Hogg faces a fitness battle after failing a Head Injury Assessment (HIA), in a clash unwittingly caused by Murray. The problem, of course, is there are doubts which persist over whether that is the case.

"It wasn't that the Crusaders played poorly, it was that the Lions forced those mistakes". But while they will recognise that the Lions are gelling into a powerful unit who will not be rolled over, they will not be fearful of their attacking prowess amid continued barbs about coach Warren Gatland's approach. We've got to remember the first Test is not the be-all and end-all.

"I'll be honest with Gats and he will be honest with me".

"And if I don't need anything more then I'll obviously let him know that with a good performance".

"We've got to be in control of how we want to play the game and be ready for them to hit us at breakneck speed". So credit to Dan Biggar for his own, candid assessment of where he feels he is in the fly-half pecking order for the British & Irish Lions.

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Dan Biggar (head) has been passed fit while Ireland's Jared Payne has shaken off a calf issue press his claims at full-back.

We have Rory Best, Iain Henderson, O'Brien, Henshaw and Payne watching that First Test, in Auckland, in their civvies but two weeks is a long time in sport.

For the Lions' players the incentives are twofold; continue the momentum of the tour, and make an individual statement before the first Test against the All Blacks on 24 June. "I'm desperate to get another win and kick on again so the confidence can grow". Get it wrong and, as with professional golfers who drop shots at Augusta's pivotal holes, it can be hard to restore sufficient equilibrium.

The Lions did kick a lot against the Crusaders and they did keep their passing game relatively tight - but their mindset was positive.

"If you look at the numbers elsewhere in terms of every other area of the game [against the Crusaders], I thought we dominated in every other area - lineout, territory, possession, carries, line breaks. It's about making sure we are going in the right direction and improving until we get to the Test matches". You've got to be able to do everything, but you've got to bring a specialist element and I guess my one specialist element is the contact area. I've always said I think I need a couple of games to get up and running, so I'll be better on Tuesday.

Highlanders R Buckman; W Naholo, M Fekitoa, T Walden, T Li; L Sopoaga, K Hammington; D Lienert-Brown, L Coltman, S Tokolahi, A Ainley, J Hemopo, G Evans, D Hunt, L Whitelock (capt).

The Lions went tryless and held the Crusaders tryless in Saturday's match, leaving a target for Gatland's critics who say the tourists' lack of try-scoring ability is of concern.

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