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Davies: Lions in positive mood

Davies: Lions in positive mood

Wales centre Jonathan Davies says the British & Irish Lions can fix the problems which saw them go down to a 30-15 defeat to New Zealand in the first Test of their three-match series.

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Davies produced a stellar midfield display at Eden Park, but it wasn’t enough to help Warren Gatland’s side to victory. The tourists now face the tough challenge of having to come from behind against the All Blacks in their own back yard.

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They must win Saturday’s second Test in Wellington if they are to take the series to a deciding match.

Scarlets ace Davies said: “It is a test of character. The pressure has been on us from the start of this tour and we have reacted very well. We need to make sure it is the same for this coming week.

“We have got to dust ourselves off, prepare for the Hurricanes game, and then we have got another Test match. It is do or die in the series now. We have to win the second Test.”

The Lions scored a superb team try in Auckland through Sean O’Brien in which Liam Williams and Davies played key roles. Rhys Webb added a late second, but by then the game was lost.

Steve Hansen’s All Blacks scored through Codie Taylor and a Rieko Ioane brace as the Lions payed the price for failing to finish off the chances they created.

Davies added: “Everything is fixable. If we are more clinical and we put more pressure on them, who knows? They might start to tighten up, and the pressure comes on them then.

“There were a couple of things that didn’t go our way. We can fix everything and we can use that confidence going forward into next week.”

The Lions face the Hurricanes in Wellington on Tuesday before facing the All Blacks once again on Saturday at the same Westpac Stadium venue.

“It is very disappointing to have lost the first Test. Everyone wants to get off to a head start by winning the first match, but the best thing about the series is we have another chance next week,” Davies said.

“I’m sure everyone will be looking forward to that already. The atmosphere was incredible in Auckland, the occasion was amazing, and next weekend will be the same.

“You want to play in these games and you have got to enjoy them. You can’t be afraid of it, you have got to embrace it and put your best foot forward.”

Davies knows exactly the problems the Lions need to resolve if they are to achieve success. He’s well aware the All Blacks are the most clinical side in world rugby.

“At times we gave a good account of ourselves, but our discipline and error count cost us,” he added.

“That gave them a 10-point head-start. We created chances, but we didn’t finish them and we didn’t get any scoreboard pressure.

“At 13-8, if we score just after the start of the second half, it could have been a different story. The pressure comes on them, then. We need to be more clinical against the best team in the world.

“It is tough to take the loss, but we can take a lot of positives from it. Credit to New Zealand, they took their opportunities.”

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