England’s legendary fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has indicated that the Lions’ strength in defence will be imperative in any hope of victory ahead of the highly-anticipated first Test on Saturday morning.
Throughout the tour the Lions have been immense in defence and this would have struck fear into the All Blacks. This is clearly shown by the dominant displays that Warren Gatland’s side have shown since landing in New Zealand. Not only did they stop the Crusaders, who have scored tries for fun this season, but also the Maori All Blacks, a team possessing attacking flair that most international sides wish for.
Despite the Lions’ impressive line speed and work around the breakdown, they haven’t produced in attack. This would have brought a smile to Steve Hansen’s face and scared Lions fans as it looks as though it will be tough for the British and Irish side to beat the All Blacks in an open, high-scoring game.
However, Jonny Wilkinson doesn’t see their lack of tries and attacking creativity as an issue.
“People get asked questions and respond to the questions in the best way they can but ultimately both teams will realise to win a game you must score more points than the other.
“You can do that two ways – score a hell of a lot of points or stop them from scoring any. If you can start with not letting them score with your defence it means your attack is under a lot less pressure. From their mistakes you can also get involved in the game. The attacking game will come from the defensive game and the togetherness of the team.”
The wait is nearly over as both teams have named their lineups for the Auckland Test.
The Lions will be hoping that one of the all-time greats in rugby is correct. They also see defence as their strongest form of attack, which makes for a great game of rugby. The Lions
The Lions defence against the All Blacks attack is set to be an enthralling encounter at Eden Park with just days left until the fixture the world has been waiting twelve years for.
Patrick Perry, Pundit Arena
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