Lions Tour: Warburton starts as the Lions take on the Provincial Barbarians

  • Lions Tour: Warburton starts as the Lions take on the Provincial Barbarians

Lions Tour: Warburton starts as the Lions take on the Provincial Barbarians

The Lions struggled to create anything of note through fly-half Johnny Sexton and failed to dominate the set-piece, pinching just two lineouts from 19.

New Zealand Provincial Barbarians XV: Luteru Laulala, Sam Vaka (both Counties Manukau), Inga Finau (Canterbury), Dwayne Sweeney, Sevu Reece (both Waikato), Bryn Gatland (North Harbour), Jack Stratton (Canterbury); Aidan Ross (Bay of Plenty), Sam Anderson-Heather (Otago, captain), Oliver Jager (Canterbury), Josh Goodhue (Northland), Keepa Mewett (Bay of Plenty), James Tucker (Waikato), Lachlan Boshier (Taranaki), Mitchell Dunshea (Canterbury).

Awesome stuff from the whistler.

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"Probably when I look back, four years ago we played the Barbarians in Hong Kong and had a comfortable victory that didn't test us".

Alun Wyn-Jones is on his third Lions tour.

Flyhalf Bryn Gatland, the son of Lions coach Warren, converted Anderson-Heather's try and showed he would be more than capable of playing at a higher level should the Auckland Blues need him on Wednesday against the tourists.

While they are not in abundance, one of the main plus points for the Lions was the impact of their replacements.

Gatland said circumstances had forced his opening selection, but by halftime it was looking like absolute madness.

"All you can do is play your best and see where that gets you".

"We can go away knowing there's a number of things to work on".

It was young Gatland whose drop-goal secured North Harbour victory in the Mie 10 Cup Championship final past year and promotion to the national Provincial Championship, having made the bold decision to leave Waikato, the side he had been with since 2006.

Gatland said all his players would be treated equally and he did not want to repeat the mistakes of the Graham Henry-coached tour of Australia in 2001, which became riven by tensions.

Some lucky fans will receive these free golden tickets to tonight's game and irrespective of the final result in the Lions first up game here Whangarei is going to rock tonight. "We're in with Warren Gatland's army and we've got a secret weapon in Warren Gatland, you know".

"I don't think that'll be any different on Saturday, or the next few weeks".

While the Lions' display in Whangarei was the stuff of nightmares, the quality of rugby in Christchurch on Saturday afternoon was the game they really should play in heaven.