All Blacks skipper Read in line to face Lions - Foster

The Lions play the Chiefs here on Tuesday.

The British and Irish Lions players think Steve Hansen's mind-games are "irrelevant", according to defence coach Andy Farrell.

Gatland believes the 32-10 win over a strong Maori side has given the Lions new impetus ahead of Saturday's first test against New Zealand.

Jaco Peyper will officiate Saturday's first Test at Eden Park, with Farrell insisting the Lions are happy with the South African referee's approach.

Gatlands comments have been echoed by the Lions captain for tonight's game Irish hooker Rory Best. Gatland will hope to see that continue against the Chiefs. That leaves their set pieces vulnerable and if they can not counter the Lions then it will be a long day at the office. Yet just how important is this match to the overall tour? Replacements: 16-Kristian Dacey, 17-Alan Dell, 18-Tomas Francis, 19-Cory Hill, 20-Alun Wyn Jones, 21-Gareth Davies, 22-Finn Russell, 23-Tommy Seymour. But for most of the players, this week is a bit of a unique one.

"We are satisfied", Ian Foster, the All Blacks assistant coach said of Read, ...

"I'd say from 70-30 (in favour of the All Blacks) it's gone to about 55-45 now". "I have got no issues with protecting the test team by calling up some extra cover for midweek".

The 23-man squad that faces the Chiefs can not afford to take their eye off the ball to focus on the upcoming Test series, otherwise they will be turned over and any momentum from the 32-10 victory over the Maori All Blacks lost.

Gatland appears to be impervious to such criticism but appears more sensitive to barbs from his native New Zealand, where the Lions are being dismissed in some quarters as "one trick ponies".

Asked if it is possible that the Lions could repeat that defensive shut-out against New Zealand, Farrell replied: "Of course it is because it's not just about defence; it's about the whole game coming together".

Farrell suffered a quadricep strain at training on Thursday and sat out the Lions' win over the Maori All Blacks on Saturday.

Their combination of ball skills, pace, phenomenal lines of running, blur of support players and width - they can flood the tramlines like no one else - were then in full evidence. Otherwise, they relied for their win on a penalty try and six penalties from fullback Leigh Halfpenny.

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Evergreen New Zealand flanker hit back, insisting the world champions' tactics are within the laws.

Farrell said: "We're going to have to take ourselves to a place that, individually, we've not been to before". "It makes it hard to complete attacking opportunities". They want to show their intent, and that's building nicely.

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