Wales man Alun Wyn-Jones has been named captain for Saturday’s game against the Crusaders.
This comes after a poor performance from the Lions yesterday against the Blues, which led to a 22-16 defeat; the first of this years tour. And with the amount of mistakes made across the by various players yesterday, it is looking like there could be more to come.
Gatland will not worry too much about the defeat yesterday, even though he would have been looking to improve on their first game, which was also a bit of an anti-climatic game. The next two games will be interesting, as he is using the first four fixtures to test his possible line ups for the much anticipated All Blacks fixtures.
The Lions head coach said to Talking Rugby Union; “Our squad is working hard and we are seeing improvement in their performances both at training and in the games…” but this only adds questions what the quality of play was like prior to yesterday. He has put the defeat down to giving away too many penalties, which will hopefully be a point of improvement before they step out against the Kiwis.
Saturday’s clash against the Crusaders will be Gatland’s final game to let each of his 41 man squad have a chance to show they are worthy of a spot in the side for the All Blacks fixtures, meaning that it is make or break for this years squad.
Here is who he will be looking to for a second win of the tour at the weekend.
Starting XV: S Hogg; G North, J Davies; B Te’o, L Williams; O Farrell; C Murray; M Vunipola, J George, T Furlong; AW Jones (capt), G Kruis; P O’Mahony, S O’Brien, T Faletau
Replacements: K Owens, J McGrath, D Cole, M Itoje, CJ Stander, R Webb, J Sexton, A Watson