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Farrell kicks Lions to second victory

Will Farrell

Farrelll: four penalties

Crusaders 3 British and Irish Lions 12

Warren Gatland’s side recovered from their midweek defeat to inflict a first defeat on one of the world’s best club teams.

England’s Owen Farrell scored four from five penalties for the Lions, with Richie Mo’unga pulling one back for the Crusaders.

It was a first defeat for the New Zealanders this season, and the Lions will see this as a huge morale boost after a difficult start which began with a hard-fought victory over Provincial Barbarians and a defeat on Wednesday to the Blues.

Crusaders came into this match on a 14-game winning stream and boasted nine All Blacks in their squad. Scotland’s Stuart Hogg featured in what Gatland regarded as his strongest starting line-up.

Afterwards Gatland said: “We needed that. That was the most important thing, the result.

“I thought our defence was outstanding, line-out was excellent, set-piece pretty good. We are creating opportunities we just need to finish off those chances.”

Farrell added: “I thought we were aggressive. We really got off the line [defensively], no matter where we were on the field.

“I thought we were really connected. We got up off the floor and pushed… and that gave us some great front-foot ball.”

Lions team: S Hogg; G North, J Davies; B Te’o, L Williams; O Farrell; C Murray; M Vunipola, J George, T Furlong; AW Jones (capt), G Kruis; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, T Faletau

Replacements: K Owens, J McGrath, D Cole, M Itoje, CJ Stander, R Webb, J Sexton, A Watson

Next match: Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday (08:35 BST) – their fourth of six warm-up matches before the first of three Tests against the All Blacks on 24 June.

 

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