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Gatland to curb chat ahead of All Blacks Test

The duo’s England colleague Elliot Daly was also at the forefront of an impressive team performance and received a name check from Gatland afterwards. ‘It is something only a few great All Blacks get to do.He took that chance brilliantly and his lineout work and “dog-of-war” play at the breakdown makes him a key man in this First Test and the captain.”When they get settled on combinations and stuff I think it will be a pretty exciting series. If I got anywhere near it, it would be unbelievable”, he told United Kingdom newspapers.Scrum coach Graham Rountree today spoke of the lessons learned in that 12-3 win in their third game of the tour, one which effectively turned their trip around after their poor start and which set their game plan template.’There were good learnings for myself and the other guys involved, and hopefully we’ve passed those on to the whole squad’. “It’ll be a tough contest but we’re looking forward to it”.When quizzed again on blocking, the Lions boss insisted however that his coaches had not been whinging to the officials.It was in attack where the real positives came as Gatland’s side finally clicked.Exeter wing Nowell was back in form with a brace, while Jared Payne crossed and a penalty try completed the Lions’ scoring at the FMG Stadium. “Any try in a Lions shirt means a lot and I’m just thankful I can do it for the boys”. North is one of the best in the world, but at the moment he ticks none of those boxes, and it was telling that Daly was removed from the fray on the hour mark and replaced by Tommy Seymour. When asked if that was a decision to protect him for Saturday, Gatland replied: “possibly”.”I am still not happy that we lost a couple of games”, he said.”We’re getting stronger and stronger in that area against the best attacking teams in world rugby, who score multiple tries week-in and week-out, and we’re starting to strangle them a little bit with the way we’re defending”, Gatland said.It is all aimed at making sure line-out codes, play calls and other tactics do not fall into the hands of the New Zealand squad before their three-Test series.”I think we’re in pretty good shape”.Nowell’s 25th-minute first was secured via a leaping effort from a pick-and-go before the floodgates opened for the Lions in the second stanza.Biggar added both sets of extras and at 34-6 the game was over as a contest.An anxious wait is now in prospect for the players as Gatland mulls over his options.The ball was shipped out to Nowell, who made three clean breaks during the match, and he cut back inside to complete a beautifully worked team try. Tonight that was the Chiefs and moving forwards we’ll speak about the All Blacks.Rowntree said whatever lineup the Lions decide on, which will likely be revealed to players on Wednesday and to the public on Thursday, he is confident of the tourists’ ability to cope with the high-tempo style of the All Blacks.