Pundits discuss Lions' selection dilemmas ahead of first Test against the All Blacks
Last Updated: 20/06/17 3:49pm
The Sky Sports pundits discuss the Lions' options at fly-half, the midfield, and the second row ahead of the first Test.
The Lions demolished the Chiefs 34-6 in Hamilton on Tuesday, and their attention now turns to the first Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday.
It will be a tough ask for any of the players to force their way into the Test team four days after a sapping clash with the 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby winners, but the pundits picked out those who have added some headaches to the coaches' selection meeting.
Will Greenwood was particularly impressed by Elliot Daly, who he says should be picked on the bench owing to his versatility as a backline option, as well as his long-range kicking from the tee.
Greenwood also feels that Owen Farrell will start ahead of Johnny Sexton at fly-half, with Ben Te'o and Jonathan Davies making up the midfield, while Stephen Ferris believes that Sean O'Brien has done enough to keep Sam Warburton out of the starting side.
Ferris predicted that Peter O'Mahony and Wales' Taulupe Faletau will complete the back row.
Scott Quinnell said the performance of Courtney Lawes in Hamilton caught his eye, but he still feels that Alun Wyn Jones will provide second-row cover.
The former Wales international says Maro Itoje and George Kruis will likely be the starting lock pairing, which he adds could open the door for Saracens team-mate Jamie George to start due to the hooker's familiarity with the two jumpers.
The first Test between the Lions and the All Blacks will be live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30am this Saturday