Lions ‘ poked the bear’

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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