SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: I am flying to New Zealand later this week quietly confident that the Lions will be smiling on Saturday night. Warren Gatland has undoubtedly got his preparation right. ,
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: As you may have noticed I am not a huge fan of meaningless replacements but this is an occasion where the Lions could really make the bench work for them. ,
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: The Lions have been relatively unscathed by serious injuries so far but there is no disguising that it would be a massive blow if Owen Farrell were to miss the first Test. ,
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: It's these full-on midweek games which make the New Zealand tour so much harder than other Lions trips and full credit to such a talented Highlanders team. ,
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: George Ford gave one of the great performances by an England No 10 when he provided both the X-factor and steadying hand in England’s magnificent 38-34 win over Argentina. ,
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: What a huge day for the Farrell family. On the pitch, Owen bossed the game from start to finish and showed why he is so fundamental to the Lions on this tour. ,
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: Saturday's clash with the Crusaders is a big opportunity for Warren Gatland's team to leave their calling card. It's important that we discount the first two matches. ,
SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: The Lions need to sharpen up discipline and cut out needless penalties or else it’s going to be a very long tour. Thirteen is way too high against any New Zealand opposition. ...