Nowell scores brace as clinical Lions tame Chiefs


"At one point captain Rory Best went up to Garces and said, 'when we put those little dinks in behind them they're body checking.' The Lions are fed up with this sort of nonsense, as the whole of rugby should be, and have decided to make a concerted protest".

Ahead of Saturday's opening Test at Eden Park, we examine the key developments that are likely to have impacted the thinking of head coach Warren Gatland.

"We picked ourselves off the ground and did well".

"When the half-back runs and you're turning up in and around the place, you're going to get the ball eventually". But he had few complaints, saying the scoreboard told the story and the Lions were a "bloody good team". "Even at the very end when you're winning comfortably, it's easy to concede a try and give up, but we kept marching forward".

"It's probably Sean O'Brien or Peter O'Mahony that I'd be slightly concerned about - not necessarily because of the physical thing, but because they are completely mental", joked Haskell.

"But at the same time we didn't want to limit ourselves and when we get decent ball you see what the backline can do".

"We wanted to go out with a bang today", Nowell said.

"There are still things to work on but it was a really important result for those players that had been in front in the first two midweek games and unfortunately let those leads slip".

Asked if the Lions will have to raise their intensity above the level they were at when thrashing the Wallabies 41-16 in 2013, Farrell said: "I think the game has cranked up".

England's Jack Nowell scored two tries and was part of a lively back three with Elliot Daly and Liam Williams while Ireland centre Jared Payne crossed after a penalty try from a driving lineout.

It suggests that while numbers one through to eight are pretty much nailed on (the issue of whether Maro Itoje's dynamism and ability to cover several positions is best used in a starting or a replacement capacity is a tricky one, as is the selection of captain Sam Warburton, whose tour has been fragmented due to injury), there is room for manoeuvre in the backs. Two well-taken tries against the Chiefs, however, have given him every chance of participating in the Test series at some point.

"We wanted to come here and be remembered".

"For someone like Jack Nowell, it just hadn't happened for him in the first couple of games", Gatland said.

"This was their 10th time playing in Hamilton, and having lost on the past two occasions - to the Maori in 2005 and to Waikato in 1993 when Gatland scored a try for the Mooloo men - they made amends big time, with a team featuring five of those Welshmen from a year ago".

"What the guys who have captained the side so far have realised is they don't have to be vocal all the time, because there's always people that's helping them out and I think the balance has been great so far".