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British & Irish Lions struggled to win against Provincial Barbarians

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The Lions had to grind out a win against the Provincial Barbarians on Saturday when the beat them 13-7 after being 7-3 behind at halftime.

It was the much-anticipated Lions first match on tour in New Zealand when they faced the Provincial Barbarians on Saturday.

It was the Barbarians that started the best of the two teams and they put the pressure on the Lions straight away.

The Lions looked a bit rusted and made too many mistakes on attack and were in sixes and sevens on defence at times which also gave the Barbarians the first try of the match and the lead of 7-0.

The Lions had the opportunities but great defence and some poor decision making by the Lions prevented them from scoring their first try.

The Lions did get on the board after a second attempt from Sexton to make the score 7-3.

The Lions were playing in the right areas for the later part of the first half but great defence from the Barbarians kept them out.

Some strange decisions from Lions captain Warburton to go twice for scrums and not points were also weird.

The half ended with the Lions on attack but could not get over and they went into the break with the Barbarians leading 7-3.

The Second half kept on being a struggled for the Lions but they were the first to put the points on the board and reduce the lead to 7-6.

Opportunities aplenty for the Lions but struggled to get pass the Barbarians defence and it took Farrell to spark the Lions for their first try in the match and on tour which also gave them the lead for the first time of the match.

The Barbarians have never given up and played enough in Lions half but were met with great defence from the Lions.

The Lions at the end could hold on to the lead and kept the Barbarians out in the final minutes to win 13-7.

They will not be happy with the way they play with just too many mistakes and making wrong decisions.

Their scrums and lineouts could not dominate and their general play have been poor from a full international team against provincial players.

Next up the Blues in the week.

The scorers:

For Provincial Barbarians:
Try: Anderson-Heather
Con: Gatland

For British and Irish Lions:
Try: Watson
Con: Farrell
Pens: Sexton, Laidlaw

3 COMMENTS

  1. Any Lions get bliksemed?
    Suppose they don’t allow the roughing up anymore.

  2. Gatland is overrated – picking tjommies from Wales (players and assistant coach), even though Wales klapped effortlessly by English.

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