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Lions Sweating on Fitness Of Jonathan Davies Ahead Of Maori Clash

The British and Irish Lions are licking their wounds following a disappointing defeat to the Highlanders yesterday, despite holding a nine-point lead in the second half.

They now look ahead to Saturday’s clash with the New Zealand Maori, as it is likely that Gatland will select a side that will be close to the Test team.

However, the Kiwi coach is sweating on the fitness of Jonathan Davies, the favourite for the 13 jersey against the All Blacks.

The second centre sustained a head injury against the Crusaders last weekend, and now is in a race to be fit for Saturday’s tie.

Lions assistant coach Neil Jenkins, as quoted by RTÉ, has stated that there are doubts surrounding Davies.

“Jonathan is still going through protocols but hopefully he’ll be back in training (on Thursday) and we’ll see from there.”

Ross Moriarty is recovering from a back spasm, while there is positive news about Courtney Lawes, who was forced off the field in the first half yesterday.

2017 British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand British & Irish Lions Press Conference, Rydges Hotel, Christchurch, New Zealand 8/6/2017 Jonathan Davies Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

“Courtney’s been okay today but it’s the same as always with head injuries – the protocols and see how he goes for the rest of the week,” said Jenkins.

“He’s a tough old character, he wanted to walk off the pitch, albeit with a bit of help. But the likelihood is he will miss the weekend.”

Following the withdrawal of Stuart Hogg, Gatland and Co. will be hoping for no more serious injuries ahead of the first test.

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