Result, not performance, counted against Crusaders - Gatland

Posted June 11, 2017

Warren Gatland hit back at his critics on Saturday the British and Irish Lions recorded a morale-boosting 12-3 victory over New Zealand's pre-eminent Super Rugby side, the previously unbeaten Crusaders, in Christchurch.

Lions fly-half Owen Farrell added: "We caused them some problems at times and hopefully in the games to come we can finish them off".

Gatland also revealed he is planning to invite the tour captain Sam Warburton to prove his fitness against the Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday, with the Wales flanker having been sidelined for the past week with a strained ankle.

Hogg went off after 18 minuted and, with blood pouring and his eye already swelling up, he did not return.

The Lions celebrated the mini-win just the way hooker George vowed they would keep doing, ahead of the clash. We're preparing slightly differently and we're trying to make it unique.

Scotland full-back Hogg had to go off after 20 minutes after running face-first into Conor Murray's elbow when chasing his own high ball.

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"So we'll hope he can be back for the Maori game next week".

There is still room for improvement in attack - at least three try-scoring opportunities were wasted - but this result will give the Lions much-needed momentum as they limited their opposition to just three points through a Richie Mounga penalty. The first 15 minutes would follow suit, with both teams making errors in tricky conditions with the ball proving slippery and a number of players losing their feet beneath them.

"He needs some game time as well".

"We're not happy with the way we played, but full credit to the Lions boys".

Asked if he learned anything new from the Lions' performance, Robertson said: "No". Otherwise, quite simply, they will not win the games.

Both reports praised the Lions' half-back partnership of Conor Murray, Owen Farrell and of course, Jonathan Sexton when he entered the fray.

So strong are the All Black-laden Crusaders that they have won 14 from 14 Super Rugby matches. The tourists recognized after their loss to the Blues that it was vital to shut down the off-loading games against New Zealand teams and they did that with a tireless effort Saturday against perhaps the best off-loading team in New Zealand.

I thought @lionsofficial made a mistake selecting Ben Te'o for such an important tour. However one suspects Steve Hansen has other ideas.

But they were "a little bit concerned about the way the referee ruled" and would have to "look at that and see if we can take those decisions out of his hands".