There's no way we've divided into two - Gatland insists Lions are united


The Lions continued to turn the screws and after having flexed their muscles in the set pieces throughout the contest.

The Lions captain is on the bench for this morning's clash with the Maori All Blacks due to an ankle injury, and is expected to be given some game time. You need one if not two games to get match-fit.

"The scrum is pretty simple, whoever pushes harder wins, we knew that coming down here but we've had to adapt a little bit and we are looking forward to the challenges that are still coming".

But the Lions regrouped at the break and came out firing, with a penalty try from the scrum giving them control.

For those sat in the Rotorua International Stadium's sheltered stand, their heads were strained to the Maori tryline for the whole of the second half.

It was the flawless riposte for Gatland after a week that saw the Lions lose to the Highlanders last Tuesday, the All Blacks run 12 tries past Samoa in their warm-up game on Friday and Hansen rile the tourists throughout the week by suggesting their squad was developing splits in the camp which would be exacerbated by the arrival of extra players from the nearby Wales and Scotland camps.

Halfpenny's wondrous display of kicking amassed 21 points while a second-half Maro Itoje try and a penalty try awarded by referee Jaco Peyper supplemented the Toulon star's impressive points haul.

A penalty try and another score from Itoje crushed the Maori spirit, with the home side given precious little sniff of stealing a victory to emulate their predecessors of 2005.

And Warren Gatland's men dominated all the tight exchanges in a comprehensive triumph over coach Colin Cooper's side.

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Fitzpatrick, All Blacks captain for a series win against the Lions in 1993, said the tourists are getting better with each game and beating the Maori easily should not be underestimated.

"It was another step up tonight and it was a really good performance".

"That's what I want to do, I want to be in the Test side, as does every other player".

"Even the try they scored was a lucky speculative kick through and unfortunately it's bounced up off George [North]".

"But today we got some good go-forward ball and created some good opportunities".

Now the head coach is understood to be ready to do just that, with Wales currently in New Zealand and Scotland touring Australia and Fiji.

Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell have less than an hour's rugby in tandem but the former says they are ready to forge a combination when the British and Irish Lions face the All Blacks next weekend.

Despite the win, it was another unimposing performance from the Test selection, who are running out of time before next week's first Test against the All Blacks.

"We knew that we had to learn quickly on the job and gel as a team quickly, we knew these games would be tough and there would be disappointments along the road".