It was by the narrowest of margins, 23 – 22, but a loss nonetheless. Now, with four matches played the assessment must be forming that this team which is the best that can be drawn from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales is probably only as good as an average Super Rugby team in New Zealand. That’s not to say that Super in New Zealand isn’t good. This touring team is unique and world rugby, nor the team draws on four international teams for its playing side.
There were some promising signs in this performance. The Lions are starting to score tries. Not a lot, but some.
But they must be worried at the difficulties they have containing players such as winger Waisake Naholo, 1.86m and 96 kg, arguably the most lethal finisher in world rugby, but not certain starting position in the All Blacks XV.
The Lions will be hoping for a strong showing against the New Zealand Maoris. Now that will be haka worth watching.