LIONS REACTION: Lions secure victory ahead of first Test

20 June 2017

British & Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland hopes his side are peaking at just the right time following a convincing 34-6 victory over the Chiefs in Waikato.

Tries from Jack Nowell (2), Jared Payne and a penalty try gave the tourists a timely boost ahead of the first Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday, which will be shown live on the big screen at London Irish’s Hazelwood training ground (kick-off8.35am BST).

“We always felt that we would get better the longer we spent together,” said Gatland.

“We were more clinical and we squeezed them, didn’t concede any tries and played some good rugby.

“The result was pretty important for that group of guys. Over the last couple of days they had spoken about the disappointment for the guys who were involved in losing the Highlanders game, and games where we’ve been in front with 70-odd minutes on the clock.

“I think in the changing room afterwards, everyone recognised what it meant, not just the players who took to the field tonight but also the rest of the squad - they were incredibly vocal. You could see how pleased they were for the players who took to the fieldtonight.” 

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