With just hours to go until the much-anticipated first test between the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand in Eden Park, excitement levels are peaking in Auckland.
Pundit Arena‘s man on the ground, Nick Heath caught up with Landrover ambassadors Will Greenwood and Gavin Hastings ahead of the tie.
The duo, who have a wealth of Lions experience between them, are in New Zealand cheering on the team, along with an estimated 20,000 other fans who will be in the All Blacks’ stadium, where they haven’t been defeated since 1994.
However, this game may be different, as New Zealand may not necessarily enjoy an overwhelming home support, and the touring fans are the ones expected to make more noise.
Hastings believes that the away supporters can give the Lions a real edge.
“It will certainly surprise them, the noise that the Lions supporters will make. Conversely, for the Lions team, when they know that they’re running out there in front of probably 20,000 Lions fans, they are going to get all the support.
“I did it last night; in front of a tour group, I said ‘make as much noise as you possibly can, because the players are going to respond to that, and the All Black crowd are going to very quiet.’
“They don’t like watching their team play, and especially when they’re under the cosh. We just need to make it as uncomfortable an evening as possible.
“The longer the game goes on, and the Lions are still in it, then they’ve got a real chance.”
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