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Late victor as Blues beat Lions in Auckland

Late victor as Blues beat Lions in Auckland

But whatever the reasons behind his breach, the fact that he won't get a chance to play in this unique match, and stamp his own name in history, will be hugely disappointing to himself and Umaga.

WARREN GATLAND has admitted centre could pose him the biggest selection conundrum when he finally starts to draw up his British and Irish Lions Test team.

The Lions must now move on to face the Crusaders on Saturday - a side boasting a ideal 14 wins from 14 Super Rugby matches this term.

The Blues were the worst performing Super Rugby team in New Zealand this season with only seven wins from 14 games, and now the Lions must head to Christchurch this weekend to take on the table topping Crusaders who sit atop of the Australasian Group with an unblemished record of 13 wins from 13 games.

While the Lions demonstrated a stiff defence against the Blues at Eden Park on Wednesday, they must capitalise on their scoring opportunities, create more with the ball in hand, and not rely exclusively on their kicking game to create pressure.

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Hansen blamed poor scheduling and teething problems among the composite side for the Lions' performances, as he named a 33-man squad for the three-Test series starting on June 24.

Gatland told Sky Sports: "It felt like there were lots of positives from today, our set-pieces were good but we will need to impress on the team the need to focus on the penalty concession".

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones will lead the Lions against the Crusaders, with tour captain Sam Warburton not even named to the bench for the third game of their 10-match tour. I think it's not an area of concern.

"We're excited by the uniqueness that comes with playing a Lions Series as it only comes around every 12 years".

"Competition is very strong but you've got to take your opportunities, work to what the coaches want and not go outside the box".

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The Lions put in a much-improved better performance than in their opening victory against the semi-professionals of the Provincial Barbarians last Saturday but it was all undone by a few moments of magic from two All Blacks and a replacement back.

George Kruis lines up with Jones in the second row, with O'Brien, Peter O'Mahony and Taulupe Faletau in the back row.

The back three is made up of Welsh duo George North and Liam Williams on the wings, as well as Scottish attacking weapon Stuart Hogg at fullback. Replacements: K Owens, J McGrath, D Cole, M Itoje, CJ Stander, R Webb, J Sexton, A Watson.

Dagg starts in the No.15 jersey for the first time in 10 weeks.

The Canterbury Crusaders, Wellington Hurricanes and Otago Highlanders have also created new hakas for the Lions tour, while the Waikato Chiefs will perform a version first used before they won the 2012 title.

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