Warren Gatland on Lions' poor results so far

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

"We didn't nail a few big moments that were important that would have put ourselves reasonably comfortable when we were 22-13 ahead and we let them back into it which is disappointing", Gatland said.

"The penalty count was a bit heavy and we need to address that".

The two teams went to the sheds at half time at 10-all after an incredibly tight contest.

"I think some of their kicking game was what caused us pressure, not so much the running game", Gatland said.

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After a penalty apiece, All Black Waisake Naholo scored the first try after Malakai Fekitoa broke the Lions' defensive line and flanker Gareth Evans off-loaded as he was being crashed to the ground.

With the Lions trailing 10-3, Bath Rugby's Jonathan Joseph try sparked a Lions comeback which, thanks to further tries from Tommy Seymour and Sam Warburton saw them lead 22-13.

All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo was a handful all night for the Lions as he warmed up for the test series and he crashed through Courtney Lawes to score on 26 minutes.

But, while the midweek side have lost both their games, fly-half Dan Biggar insists there will be no splits in the camp.

The Lions started the second-half excellently, scoring their second try inside three minutes of the whistle.

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"There was a string of four penalties in that second half when we were in decent territory, but we gave away four penalties in a row", Lions captain Warburton told Sky Sports 1.

Owen Farrell scuffed a penalty wide left minutes after coming off the bench, leaving Banks the opportunity to win late on after converting a penalty of his own near the touchline.

The Lions pack conceded a couple of crucial penalties towards the end of the 23-22 defeat in Dunedin.

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Referee Angus Gardner missed the incident, and the Highlanders could certainly feel aggrieved.

The Lions had one last go at it with a lineout on the last play 30 metres out but Joseph failed to grasp the ball in midfield and that was that.

Our discipline against the Crusaders on Saturday was good with single figure penalties but for some reason it wasn't single figures tonight.

"There is no doubt they got some ascendancy in the second scrum penalty, and they have got on top of us. We scored some tries and when we were direct we looked good".

"The big lesson about New Zealand sides, they keep playing for 80 minutes and they keep going for the full 80 minutes and probably that's the big learning some of the players got from tonight".

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