|Maori All Blacks v British and Irish Lions|
|Maori All Blacks (10) 10|
|Tries: Messam Cons: McKenzie Pens: McKenzie|
|British and Irish Lions (15) 32|
|Tries: Penalty try, Itoje Cons: Halfpenny Pens: Halfpenny 6|
The British and Irish Lions gained a confidence-boosting win as their power told against the Maori All Blacks in wet conditions at Rotorua International Stadium.
Leigh Halfpenny kicked them into a half-time lead with Liam Messam scoring for the hosts.
The Lions’ forwards dominated the second half and scored with a penalty try from the scrum.
Maro Itoje then drove over four minutes later as they eased to comfortable win.
Warren Gatland’s side came into the game with two wins from four games, following Wednesday’s 23-22 defeat by the Highlanders.
That made this a must-win game and Gatland went with power in a bid to neutralise the dangerous Maori attack.
They did just that with a combination of defence and precise kicking to pin the Maori back.
The hosts barely got out of their own half after the break as the visitors’ power told in the pack.
Many of the Lions team that started the game in Rotorua played themselves into contention to start the first Test against the All Blacks on Saturday, 24 June.
More to follow.
Maori All Blacks: J Lowe; N Milner-Skudder, M Proctor, C Ngatai, R Ioane; D McKenzie, T Kerr-Barlow; K Hames, A Dixon (capt), B May, J Wheeler, T Franklin, A Ioane, E Dixon, L Messam.
Replacements: H Elliot, C Eves, M Renata, L Price, K Pryor, B Hall, I West, R Thompson.
Lions: L Halfpenny (Wales); A Watson (England), J Davies (Wales), B Te’o (England), G North (Wales); Sexton, C Murray (both Ireland); M Vunipola, J George (both England), T Furlong (Ireland), M Itoje, G Kruis (both England), P O’Mahony (capt), S O’Brien (both Ireland), T Faletau (Wales).
Replacements: K Owens (Wales), J McGrath (Ireland), K Sinckler (England), I Henderson (Ireland), S Warburton (Wales), G Laidlaw (Scotland), D Biggar (Wales), E Daly (England).
The tour schedule
|3 June||Provincial Barbarians||Won 13-7|
|7 June||Blues||Lost 22-16|
|10 June||Crusaders||Won 12-3|
|13 June||Highlanders||Lost 23-22|
|17 June||Maori All Blacks||Won 32-10|
|24 June||New Zealand|
|1 July||New Zealand|
|8 July||New Zealand|