GAME ONE

NZ Rugby World - - The 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour Of New Zealand -

JUNE 3, TOLL STA­DIUM, WHANGAREI

NZ PRO­VIN­CIAL BAR­BAR­IANS 7

BRI­TISH & IR­ISH LI­ONS 13

Overview

The Li­ons only ar­rived in New Zealand on the Wed­nes­day and played a lit­tle bit like a group of men who had been thrown to­gether at the last minute and were suf­fer­ing from jet-lag.

The Bar­bar­ians, on the other hand, played as if they were the highly paid pro­fes­sion­als and not the semi-am­a­teurs that they were.

The lo­cals got stuck in, threw the ball around and tack­led their hearts out, and were just one piece of in­spi­ra­tion or luck away from a fa­mous win.

Man of the Match

BRYN GAT­LAND, play­ing against his vaunted fa­ther’s team, was the classi­est act on the pitch. He trou­bled the Li­ons with the range of his kick­ing game and abil­ity to keep turn­ing them.

He also showed con­sid­er­able com­po­sure and con­trol – way more than op­po­site man Johnny Sex­ton who had an or­di­nary night.

What They Said

“They came with some in­no­va­tion, do­ing things a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ently and that def­i­nitely put us un­der some pres­sure. It was a spe­cial day for us as a fam­ily – not the best win for [the Li­ons], but it was a win-win for us. We won the game and Bryn played pretty well.” – Li­ons coach Warren Gat­land

Scor­ers

NZ Pro­vin­cial Bar­bar­ians 7 [S. An­der­son-Heather try; B. Gat­land con] Bri­tish & Ir­ish Li­ons 13 [A. Wat­son try; J. Sex­ton con, pen; O. Far­rell pen]

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