All Blacks tame the Lions in series opener

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June 24, 2017 19:51:04

Winger Rieko Ioane has scored two tries in his first Test start to help New Zealand quell a spirited performance from the British and Irish Lions to win the first Test 30-15 and take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Ioane dived over in the left corner in the 55th minute to settle the nerves of an All Blacks team which had become rattled in the face of a fiery Lions’ performance, largely inspired by Wales full-back Liam Williams, who justified his risky selection by bringing to life the tourists’ previously dormant attacking game.

Williams created a try for Sean O’Brien in the 37th minute which brought the Lions back into the game at 13-8 after New Zealand had threatened to take control.

But Ioane’s two second-half tries, his second from an uncharacteristic error by Williams, made the game safe as New Zealand showed their superiority.

More to come.

AP

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