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Biggar optimistic Lions can cause upset in first Test

Charlie Bennett

21 Jun 2017

Dan Biggar believes The British & Irish Lions can defy the odds and down New Zealand in the opening Test match this weekend – after they warmed up with a 34-6 win at the Chiefs.

Ospreys fly-half Biggar was supreme with the boot and dangerous with ball-in-hand as the Lions showcased their attacking ability with a four-try performance.

Now, the speculation stops as Head Coach Warren Gatland prepares to announce his side to face the All Blacks tonight – and Biggar is adamant that they can stun the home crowd and become the first side to beat New Zealand in Auckland for 23 years.

“The calibre of player we have got in terms of the side that was put out there tonight is a real credit to the squad and the players who get in the 23 potentially on Saturday,” he said.

“It is going to be a huge Test for both sides, it is all about being positive and whoever is selected and not selected we all have jobs to do in terms of being prepared.

“In the first half we tried to be too fancy but generally we constructed some nice tries and put ourselves in a really nice position.

“Looking at four tries against a good Chiefs side, we can be pleased with that and on the flip side not to concede tries is a really big positive.

“But we are not getting carried away. The boys who played did a really good job and we look forward to Saturday.”

England winger Jack Nowell scored two tries for the Lions in a contest in which eight Guinness PRO12 players started – while Ulster centre Jared Payne finished off a superb move in the second half after a break from Scarlets’ Liam Williams.

Gatland is expected to name several Guinness PRO12 players in his Test squad, including Tour skipper Sam Warburton.

And Biggar believes they have harvested a strong team spirit and a tight bond that can see them over the line following their handsome victory in Hamilton.

“It was very important as a squad because it is obviously a huge week with Saturday in mind and to put the camp in a positive mood,” he said.

“We had a bit of a session in the changing rooms, had a bit of a sing-song and you can see what it means to everyone.

“They were clapping us in and it just shows we are a really united squad and it is just really nice and important to put a positive slant on things heading into Saturday for everyone who is involved.”