THE GREAT EN­TER­TAIN­ERS

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The Li­ons had been given a hard time prior to the match in Hamilton against the Chiefs for their lack of ad­ven­ture and at­tack­ing panache.

Their Satur­day team had played well to beat the Crusaders and Maori, but they did so with a lim­ited, con­fronta­tional game that was all driv­ing mauls, high kicks and in­cred­i­ble de­fence.

So they were un­der a bit of pres­sure to show they could move the ball and counter at­tack – which they did pretty well in Hamilton.

They scored their best try on tour when they mopped up a loose ball deep in­side their 22 and then moved the ball left, pass and draw un­til El­liot Daly put some good speed on to make it up to the Chiefs' 10-me­tre line.

A quick re­cy­cle and they went right, un­til Jack Now­ell on the other wing, used great foot­work to cut in­side and dance over for a length of the field try.

“That's some­thing we've been work­ing on,” Li­ons coach Warren Gat­land said of his team's at­tack. “It takes a bit of time. We've put a new team to­gether, there are com­bi­na­tions of guys get­ting used to each other's voices. We knew we were cre­at­ing tries we just haven't been fin­ish­ing them off.”

MAGIC MEN The Li­ons played their best rugby in Hamilton.

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