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Lions Fans Are Convinced This Is The One Change Warren Gatland Must Make For Next Week

The Lions have a chance to make history next week by overcoming a first Test defeat to the All Blacks and completing the most unlikely of comebacks.

The heroics of this morning have set up an unmissable game next Saturday in Auckland’s Eden Park but it will require a far better performance than today where it took the Tourists far too long to capitalise on the early dismissal of Sonny Bill Williams.

The vast majority of both the starting team and the replacements turned in fine performances but Lions fans on Twitter have almost unanimously agreed that one man wasn’t quite up to it and needs replacing for the crucial clash in a week’s time.

Mako Vunipola’s yellow card in the second half initially seemed like it would give way to an All Blacks onslaught but Gatland’s charges actually fared better at 14 against 14 and managed to outscore the hosts during the sin-bin period.

British and Irish Lions' Mako Vunipola (R) receives a yellow card from referee Jerome Garces beside captain Sam Warburton during the second rugby union Test between the British and Irish Lions and the New Zealand All Blacks in Wellington on July 1, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Marty MELVILLE (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

However, the needless tackle that earned him the dismissal was far from his only mistake. The Saracens prop once again proved to be a weak link at scrum time and offered little in the way of ball-carrying. With Jack McGrath a renowned scrummager in the loose, it would be a surprise if we didn’t see Gatland opt for a straight swap.

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