Lions vs New Zealand – 1st Test
26th June 2017
What an opener! This game was everything you would want from a test match and more. The Lions showed great endeavour, the All Blacks showed their killer instinct.
Both sides went hammer and tongs at each other from the outset and an early break from Jonathan Davies looked very promising for the Lions however, it was the All Blacks’ ability to never switch off that led to the first try with a quick tap from Aaron Smith leading to a try in the corner for their hooker, Codie Taylor. The, supposed, weakness of Beauden Barrett’s boot proved to be non existent with a perfect performance off the tee which solidified the AB’s position throughout the game.
The Lions came in with a big charge through one of the greatest scores seen in the Lion’s shirt, started by the brilliant feet of Liam Williams and finished off by the work horse Sean O’Brien after important touches from both Elliot Daly and Jonathan Davies.
That killer instinct was highlighted in the second half as the All Blacks scored two quick fire tries both from Rieko Ioane, one after some sublime handling at the base of the scrum from Kieran Reid, which gave further evidence to what a dangerous talent Ioane is.
These scores put the game beyond the Lions but a consolation try for Rhys Webb at the end was deserved and the Lions will look to slightly tweak the game plan as they go for broke this weekend in the second test. An exciting week lies ahead which includes a tough fixture against the Hurricanes tomorrow.