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Lions crawl through their opening game of the tour

Alun Wyn Jones

(Pictured, Lions second-row Alun Wynne-Jones)
New Zealand Provincial Barbarians 7,Lions 13:
THE British and Irish Lions started off their tour of New Zealand today with a hard-earned victory over the Provincial Barbarians. It was an undistinguished performance from the tourists who will have to show drastic improvement if they are to make an impression in the remaining nine fixtures.
Jonathan Sexton had a reasonably good game but, like his replacement Owen Farrell, missed an easy penalty.
Sexton kicked his side into a 3-0 lead in the first half but a Sam Anderson-Heather try, converted by the impressive home out-half Brynn Gaffney, saw the home side lead 7-3 at half time. The Lions showed better commitment in the second period and a Greig Laidlaw penalty left just a point between the sides at 7-6. The tourists got what proved to be the winning score on 52 minutes, Anthony Watson finishing off a flowing Lions attack and Farrell adding the extra two points but the Lions had to defend stoutly in the dying minutes to prevent a shock result.
British and Irish Lions: 1 Joe Marler – Harlequins, England
2 Rory Best – Ulster, Ireland, #793
3 Kyle Sinckler – Harlequins, England
4 Alun Wyn Jones – Ospreys, Wales, #761
5 Iain Henderson – Ulster, Ireland
6 Ross Moriarty – Gloucester Rugby, Wales
7 Sam Warburton – Cardiff Blues, Wales, #800
8 Taulupe Faletau – Bath Rugby, Wales, #779
9 Greig Laidlaw – Gloucester Rugby, Scotland
10 Johnny Sexton – Leinster, Ireland, #791
11 Tommy Seymour – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland
12 Ben Te’o – Worcester Warriors, England
13 Jonathan Joseph – Bath Rugby, England
14 Anthony Watson – Bath Rugby, England
15 Stuart Hogg – Glasgow Warriors, Scotland, #783
Replacements
16 Jamie George – Saracens, England
17 Mako Vunipola – Saracens, England, #787
18 Tadhg Furlong – Leinster, Ireland
19 George Kruis – Saracens, England
20 Justin Tipuric – Ospreys, Wales, #786
21 Rhys Webb – Ospreys, Wales
22 Owen Farrell – Saracens, England, #780
23 Jared Payne – Ulster, Ireland
# denotes Lions number

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