Henshaw confident Lions will improve

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 13:06
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B&I TOUR REACTION: Centre Robbie Henshaw is confident that the British & Irish Lions have plenty positives to take away from their 16-22 defeat against the Blues in Auckland.

Christiaan Stander's try and 11 points from the boot of 2013 Player of the Series Leigh Halfpenny was not quite enough to see the visitors over the line.

But with preparations quickly turning to Saturday's game against the Crusaders in Christchurch, Henshaw was happy the Lions are constantly improving.

"We'll take positives; it was a really good start from us, better than last week, I think we were more gelled as a unit. Overall I think it is positive, we've taken a step forward, there will be some learnings from the game for us we'll move on, put it to one side and take the positives.

"We knew they had their big games out and we'll hopefully see them again in the Tests and we'll look to get one back. We need to take on board the opposition we are playing against, you need to respect them but you can't give them time on the ball.

"At times we let them play where we should have been getting in their faces more, we need to be more aggressive in defence, go after them and we need to come to play," Henshaw said.

The Lions squad and fans will now be heading to the South Island for the first time ahead of Saturday's game against the Crusaders.

And Henshaw praised the vocal support the team received at Eden Park and is looking forward to more of the same as more Lions fans arrive in New Zealand.

"The Lions fans were incredible, when Leigh Halfpenny kicked that final goal there we got an incredible cheer for going ahead. Credit to the fans for coming all the way down its great to see them here hopefully we'll see them again in the next few fixtures," he added.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS
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Team P W D L Pts
B&I Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Australia 0 0 0 0 0
Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Reds 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 0 0 0 0 0
NSW-Queensland 0 0 0 0 0
Blues 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 0 0 0 0 0
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Chiefs 0 0 0 0 0
NZ Barbarians 0 0 0 0 0
Maori All Blacks 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0