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 Ben Smith of the All Blacks is tackled by Lions duo Alun Wyn Jones and Owen Farrell  during the first Test at Eden Park. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The Lions are in do or die mode and Warren Gatland has made it clear they will “match fire with fire” in the collisions and at the breakdown as they s(...)

 Rieko Ioane   scores a try for New Zealand as a helpless  Anthony Watson of the Lions looks on  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph:  Fiona Goodall/Getty

NEW ZEALAND 30 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 15 For an hour, this was an epic occasion and contest. The Lions confirmed their rapid progression over the (...)

Aaron Smith celebrates Rieko Ioane scoring their second try. Photograph:  Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand 30 British & Irish Lions 15 Just too good. The world’s best side at this point in time - and perhaps any other - showed no signs of r(...)

The Sexton-Farrell axis looks more of an option for the last 20 minutes or so. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

The Lions’ coaching staff are scheduled to meet on Wednesday to finalise their match-day 23 for the first test in Auckland next Saturday, to be announ(...)

Lions’ head coach Warren Gatland takes to the pitch before the game. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

A satisfied Warren Gatland maintained that the Lions are in a good place after recording a third successive tour win at the expense of the Chiefs in H(...)

British and Irish Lions’ CJ Stander is tackled during the win in Hamilton. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Waikato Chiefs 6 British & Irish Lions 34 Another handsome Lions win. The midweekers finally emulated their Saturday squad mates with what was, f(...)

British and Irish Lions team huddle with Warren Gatland during the training. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Victory over the Crusaders would have emboldened the Lions, and the Maori scalp should convince them a Northern Hemisphere approach to rugby can overc(...)

 Lions head coach Warren Gatland: “The frustrating thing for us is the amount of blocking that’s going on, the off-the-ball stuff.”  Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

The temperature is rising in the New Zealand winter. Both the All Blacks and the Lions ramped up their performances over the weekend, as did their res(...)

Tadhg Furlong delivered another fine performance in the Lions’ 32-10 win over the New Zealand Maori. Photograph: David Davies/PA

15 Leigh Halfpenny He’s yet to miss off the tee during this tour. He was very solid, with ball in hand and in defence, and is likely to retain the j(...)

Peter O’Mahony: “I don’t think I want to bring anything different. I just want to bring my game and try and play as well as I can.”  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Peter O’Mahony screamed midweek captain even before the Lions squad was announced but, a week out from the first Test against the All Blacks, Warren G(...)

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