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Nowell insisted the Lions' stylish play in the comprehensive Chiefs win was only a matter of time, as the tourists continue to build connections.

Stander is one of five Irish players named in the side to take on the Super 15 side at FMG Stadium Waikato.

"At one point captain Rory Best went up to Garces and said, 'when we put those little dinks in behind them they're body checking.' The Lions are fed up with this sort of nonsense, as the whole of rugby should be, and have decided to make a concerted protest".

A number of players acquitted themselves well as the Lions scored four tries.

Former New Zealand captain Colin Meads believes the British and Irish Lions' odds of winning the first test have shortened dramatically after their emphatic 32-10 win over the Maori All Blacks on Saturday. Prior to today's convincing win over Chiefs, Herald rugby writer Paul Gregor came down hard on the style of play employed during the tour so far. Liam Williams had dropped a pass from Biggar as the Lions advanced in search of a try, but the Chiefs were penalised and the Welshman made no mistake from between the posts. "They've had a couple of injuries, they tried [Ireland centre or full-back] Jared Payne there and it just didn't work out". But will it be enough for either to feature on Saturday? Daly has a chance of gatecrashing the matchday squad as he was replaced after 60 minutes.

Dan Biggar's penalty put the Lions on the board, but then Marler lost his head and wiped out Nepo Laulala with an off-the-ball no-arms high shot.

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The Chiefs have at least 11 players out of this one, either in the All Blacks squad or not able to back up from the Maori game. He had time out of the game in the second half for an HIA, which he passed, and continued to have a big influence on the game.

The Ospreys stand-off ran the line with a commanding influence that helped to unlick the wide players around him, with great success, and he also did his share of tackling too.

That's exactly what the All Blacks are and while this pair are unlikely to be the starting halves come Saturday, the blueprint is now there. He was outstanding for the Lions.

So racking up 66 points across two games will be a boost for the team, as will the manner of the performances and the way certain individuals have shone through.

He frequently kept the point of attack shifting and worked well running off the back of scrums and as the link man in phase play. This was hugely impressive and Warren Gatland now has a welcome headache for fly-half options for the rest of the series.

"The pity is we haven't seen more of it on this tour, but still, to get some at least is a small blessing and so was the heart, commitment and control they showed". The nuggety Exeter wing arrived in New Zealand with the All Blacks in his sights only for his claim to suffer through a dismal outing against the Blues in the second fixture. The others remained on the bench for the entirety of the game with Gatland using Jones and Daly as replacements for HIAs. Gatland will be pleased that after his concerns over the amount of blocking his team had been subject to, Garces awarded two penalties against the Chiefs for this infringement.

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