Lions ‘ poked the bear’
WARREN Gatland says his British and Irish Lions “poked the bear” with their second Test win over the All Blacks and warned against riling up the world champions ahead of this weekend’s series decider.
But despite advising his players to mind their tongues, the coach could not resist his own dig.
“Ironically, this is the best team in the world and, for two Test matches, they really haven’t stressed us,” he told British media.
“They have squeezed us and made us give away penalties but we haven’t seen the expansive rugby that the All Blacks are known for.
“We’ve coped with that and, if we can continue to improve in other areas, then we are going to see, hopefully, a great Test match.”
He expected a strong response from the All Blacks to the Lions’ 24- 21 win over a 14man New Zealand in Wellington.