All Blacks draw first blood

However, Daly was brilliantly held up by Israel Dagg and the All Blacks were able to gain momentum as the first-half rolled on at a frightening pace.

"We have to be physical and give ourselves opportunities".

"We've got a huge Test coming up next week and we've got to recover now and regroup".

However, several chances and half-chances to cause further damage came and went, and two scores from Rieko Ioane put the result beyond doubt before Rhys Webb crossed for a late consolation.

Trailing by ten points with seven minutes of the half remaining, the tourists needed something special - and they certainly got it with Daly once again involved.

Gatland's other "work" for the week was reducing the number of penalties conceded, with 11 awarded to the All Blacks. "Normally, they don't take too long". We can't leave tries out there. We created a lot, it's just finishing off these opportunities.

The feeling at the end of 80 gruelling minutes was that the British and Irish Lions had their chance to knock New Zealand onto the ropes, and paid the price for wasting their chances like a prizefighter boxer who had turned down an open shot at his tired opponent.

The once-every-12-years Lions tour is one of world rugby's most anticipated series and its history abounds with legendary players.

Hansen felt the key to making the speed of possession more effective came in the second half when the forwards were relentless in smashing it up and worked the pick and go, with Aaron Smith then TJ Perenara directing them to the right places.

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The Lions nearly struck with another wonder score early in the second half - Williams, Davies and Daly were again heavily involved - but New Zealand had just enough in defence to deny them, then Watson set off on a weaving run as the game continued at a relentless pace.

"But there are things we can work on particularly hard this week and definitely improve on taking the chances and being more accurate at the breakdown".

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen insisted New Zealand knew everything the Lions could throw at them before the tourists had even arrived in the country.

"It is easy to say "don't play the midweek matches" but how do we prepare?"

"They have their base - their Saturday team, their intensity, their physicality and their defence in particular - but it seems that they have been using that midweek team to try and look at methods and shapes and structures that will unlock what they see as a pretty generic defence across all teams".

All Blacks huddle during the captain's Run ahead of the first test.

Gatland was less impressed with his team's discipline, one lapse in concentration that led to the All Blacks' first try, a couple of soft handling errors, and most of all how the hosts dominated the tight-five battle.

Gatland wanted a tough "old style" lead-in to the business end of the tour, and for the ex-All Black this was all about winning the tests.

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