Alun Wyn to captain Lions against Crusaders

Alun Wyn to captain Lions against Crusaders

"We've taken a hit but the boys aren't going to hit the panic button after one bad result".

Dan Cole played 54 minutes of his first start of the tour and stood out at scrum time, and around the tackle area.

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland was intent on assuming a courageous face after his side suffered a 22-16 defeat to Super Rugby outfit the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen on Thursday said he was expecting the "kitchen sink" from the British and Irish Lions - but scoffed at suggestions the All Blacks weren't much better than a Super Rugby team.

The Crusaders always loomed as the toughest opponents of the opening 10 days and Gatland has chose to field what appears to be the strongest Lions side yet in a bid avoid what would be a dispiriting second defeat so early on the tour.

Sky Sports hold the rights to the Lions' tour.

Alun Wyn Jones will captain the British and Irish Lions in Saturday's crucial clash against the Crusaders, with Warren Gatland dropping hints on his potential Test line-up.

In their favour perhaps is the fact that they are starting halfback Conor Murray, an Irishman who can hold claim to being one of the best No9s in the world, and Englishman Owen Farrell, a talented operator and presumably their starting No10 for the first test on June 24. We are going to have to be harsh on ourselves and get our tour back on track on Saturday.

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The problem they have is that rather than players putting their hands up and forcing their way into the team, the trend so far is for players to play their way off it.

Scott Robertson said his unbeaten Crusaders side is relishing the chance to come up against Warren Gatland's Lions.

CJ Stander had scored a try on his debut for the Lions to put them 7-5 ahead after R Ioane had gone in for the Blues.

Despite being reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes following replacement Liam Williams' 57th minute yellow card, the tourists did manage to close the gap to two points through Leigh Halfpenny's boot, while a long-range effort from the Welshman gave his side a 16-15 lead with 10 minutes remaining.

"This is a huge and exciting challenge for us", said Robertson.

The Canterbury Crusaders, Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders have also created new hakas for the Lions tour, while the Waikato Chiefs will perform a version first used before they won the 2012 title. He said: "We were doing an offloading and contact drill, and it got pretty explosive".

The British and Irish Lions will face a Crusaders squad featuring seven New Zealand players on Saturday.

"For us, it was an improvement [in performance compared to the victory over the Provincial Barbarians] and I think we'll see more on Saturday as well".

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