Comment: Lions end the "crisis" with dominating Crusaders win

Comment: Lions end the

"As players, there's not much you can do", he said of facing the hosts before kick-off.

That proved enough in the event, with the Lions hugging jubilantly when Farrell blasted the ball into touch for full-time.

The result was almost a first-minute try for tourists. We knew we trained well with this team.

The first 30 minutes of the second half were scoreless until Farrell landed his fourth penalty with 10 minutes to play.

On the pitch, Owen bossed the game from start to finish and showed why he is so fundamental to the Lions on this tour. Farrell would double the lead four minutes later when loosehead prop Joe Moody fell to his knees in the scrum.

Lock Luke Romano vows the All Blacks will be able to quickly adjust to the French referees' policing of the scrum after some "frustrating" rulings in the Crusaders' loss to the British and Irish Lions. The full-back endured an error-strewn display in against the Provincial Barbarians, and he made the wrong decision this time not to pass out wide to Liam Williams with the overlap available. The changes coincided with a sensational break from Jack Goodhue, but the centre's chip through couldn't be gathered by George Bridge. Ben Te'o has played himself into a starting test place with his carrying and defence, but he does not create for the men outside him, and George North was left chasing kicks.

Thanks to the boot of Owen Farrell, who kicked all 12 points, it was one they passed impressively as the Lions got the best of the pivotal set-piece battle with the slippery conditions in Christchurch making running rugby hard.

That paired Sexton at fly-half and Farrell at 12, and the pair looked immediately comfortable in harness.

Anthony Watson moved into the 15 jersey, with Johnny Sexton replacing Davies. I think they lost the first three line-outs.

Matt Todd of the Crusaders is tackled by Sean O'Brien and Jamie George.

The duo's kicking game put constant pressure on the Crusaders back three, while the tourists' defence caused numerous mistakes by the home side who had been the form team in Super Rugby this season, having won all 14 games.

Owen Farrell kicked all the visitors' points as a almost full-strength Lions side handed the Southern Hemisphere's leading club their first loss of the season. In New Zealand, we're accustomed to seeing great tries whether it's at club, Super or All Blacks level.

As it had been against the Blues, the tourists' set-piece was in fine working order and the spine of their team - Furlong, captain Alun Wyn Jones and halfbacks Murray and Farrell were in control.



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