All Blacks vs. Lions: Who said what


The British & Irish Lions were left to rue poor finishing after world champions New Zealand won a thrilling first Test 30-15 in Auckland.

Sean O’Brien scored one of the great Lions tries, but it ultimately proved in vain. Here is what the respective head coaches and captains had to say following the match.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

He told Sky Sports: “I thought we won the battle up front in the tight five which was colossal from both sides.

“The Lions played really, really well. The first try they scored should go down as one of the best tries scored in Test rugby. They’ll be proud of that and will look to do more of it.”

Lions coach Warren Gatland

“They didn’t come out and play champagne rugby. They were very direct coming really hard off nine and credit to them. They dominated us in that area. We were looking to get the upper hand up front and in fairness to them they got it today.

“We’ve got no excuses about the result because they deserved to win. But there are things we can work on particularly hard this week and definitely improve on taking the chances and being more accurate at the breakdown.”

All Blacks captain Kieran Read

“It was a hell of a Test match. We certainly got tested in that first half especially and just after half-time when our defence probably won us the game.

“It was two skillful teams working really hard for each other. It was a tough Test match and we had to work hard for that.”

Lions captain Peter O’Mahony

“We’re happy with some of the opportunities we created but our discipline probably wasn’t where it should have been at. We’ve got a huge Test coming up next week and we’ve got to recover now and regroup.

“We’ve been put under pressure by a seriously good side at times but we’ve got to be more clinical. We left at least two tries out there so I don’t think 15 points is a good reflection.”