JUNE 3, TOLL STADIUM, WHANGAREI
NZ PROVINCIAL BARBARIANS 7
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 13
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
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]