Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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Warren Gatland will ask the referees to clamp down on the All Blacks' "dangerous" harassment of Conor Murray's kicking game.

Aggressiveness, physicality at the breakdown, collisions, possession and territory were all dominated by Steve Hansen's side and the Lions will have their work cut out on the training ground this week if they are to improve in these departments ahead of the second Test in Wellington on Saturday.

Munster furiously claimed Glasgow targeted Murray's standing leg during the Irish province's 14-12 Champions Cup win at Scotstoun on January 14.

"I thought we created some great chances, we played some lovely rugby and scored a couple of nice tries, which was hugely positive", the New Zealander told a news conference. "We have to make sure we earn the right to play and I know the forwards will be going gangbusters".

"Look, we've just got to make sure that you're 100% accurate, that you're in control of the things that you're able to make sure that you're able to do".

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"Yeah he has [had previous in this area], and it's a little bit tough", said Gatland.

"You feel for the player and it's concerning that they're not actually trying to charge the kick down, they're nowhere near it".

"They're actually diving blindly and hitting someone's leg".

"A few players put their hands up for selection from the Chiefs game and played their way into the Test team so they know that there is another opportunity for them on Tuesday against the Super Rugby champions".

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Woodward, who toured New Zealand as a Lions player in 1983, was impressed with Gatland's attacking line-up and said defeat by "one of the best sporting teams in the world" should be put in perspective.

Irish hooker Rory Best will again captain the side as the Lions seek to bounce back from their first-Test loss to the All Blacks on Saturday. "It was close, but we just didn't get over the line". "The need to get a good performance, a good result, on Tuesday and then to build into Saturday is going to be pretty crucial for us".

"Only your very best will ever beat the All Blacks, especially at Eden Park, and frustratingly we did not see the best of the Lions on Saturday", Woodward wrote in his Mail on Sunday column.

Exeter and England flyer Jack Nowell starts at full-back, with Jonathan Joseph and Robbie Henshaw linking up in the centres.

Given that New Zealand are unbeaten at Eden Park since 1994, and the Lions have not won a Test series from being 1-0 down for 28 years, the odds are overwhelmingly stacked against them.

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Gatland admitted he had warned his Lions to expect a route-one assault from the All Blacks, and now the tourists will bid to sharpen up their tight game this week.

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