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Summary

  1. Final score: Provincial Union XV 7-13 British and Irish Lions
  2. Obviously wasn't perfect but it's the first building block - captain Warburton
  3. Anderson-Heather try, Gatland con for hosts
  4. Watson try, Farrell con, Sexton & Laidlaw pens for Lions
  5. Next match v Blues in Auckland on Wednesday, 08:35 BST kick-off

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Next up... the enigmatic Blues. See you on Wednesday

We'll be back in mid-week as the Lions head south (a bit) to Auckland to face Super Rugby enigmas the Blues.

The game kicks off at 08:35 BST and we'll be live an hour before the start to ease you into the humpday in your working week.

In the meantime, you can read Caroline Chapman's report here, while we'll have full reaction from the camp a little later today, plus Jeremy Guscott's view.

Better to come from the Lions?

Anthony Watson and Owen Farrell
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Thanks for joining us for what was, admittedly, a rather downbeat tour opener.

Play like that from now on and the Lions probably won't win another match in New Zealand.

But the chances of them playing that poorly again must be remote. A few more days' training, the jetlag having finally disappeared and a higher standard of opposition will surely see the Lions raise their game. Won't it?

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John Blenkham: Results & momentum are all that count on a Lions tour. Cohesion will develop before the tests. Game 1 was never going to be fluid

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Well if the Lions didn’t realise the magnitude of the task they face, this game will have brought that into sharp focus.

Against a team of fringe Super Rugby players this should have been a relatively straightforward task, even though the Lions were always going to be less than perfect as a scratch team fresh off the plane.

On the plus side 23 players got a workout and the Lions didn’t lose, but it’s hard to take much more from the game than that because the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians were the better side for much of the game.

Make no mistake this was the easiest of games to start the tour and the standard of opposition will sky rocket from here. The British and Irish Lions are unbeaten in New Zealand… for now.

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Orson Oliver: Phew! 7-13 ok no problems early days...

Po: people of New Zealand please accept our apologies for the sorry shower we have sent over to you. Try not to humiliate us.

Chris Darby: Thank goodness for the England tour. It'll be good to see some proper entertaining rugby after that omnishbles.

'One out of one'

FT: Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

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Lions captain Sam Warburton speaking to Sky Sports: "One out of one. I am pretty pleased with that. At least we now have some footage to work on defence and attack. We kept letting them back in the game with penalties, giving them easy outs. Every time we play it is a dress rehearsal for the Test match, the fans here wanted to see a spectacle but we want to focus on that."

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Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Blues

Crusaders

Highlanders

Maoris

Chiefs

And that is before the Lions even make it the Test matches.

They need to step up immediately, because the learning curve is K2-style steep on this tour.

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Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Alun Wyn Jones
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Well, they won.

And that is about it.

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Mako Vunipola with a prize piece of cat burglary, crabbing round and wrapping up the loose ball at the back.

Turnover and the Lions are surely safe...

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Owen Farrell's booming kick is good, long and into touch.

But the Provincial Barbarians take the quick one, the Lions infringe at the breakdown and the hosts kick up to just outside the Lions 10m.

Another penalty!

The Provincial Barbarians kick into the 22m.

We have a grandstand finish in store with the crowd baying for an upset...

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

A knock-on from replacement fly-half Joe Webber gives the Lions put in to the scrum.

They need to execute a good exit strategy to make sure there is no nervy conclusion to a match that was supposed to be a walkover.

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter in Whangarei

A few calls go against the Lions.

"The referee's a hero," chants one local wag.

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Justin Tipuric knocks on as the Wales flanker attempts to strip the ball in the tackle.

The home team will have a scrum on the 22m line. Seven minutes to go...

Farrell v Sexton - Grayson's view

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half

Jonny Sexton
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It’s always difficult to marshal a new team from fly-half but Johnny Sexton struggled to find any flow to his own game in the Lions opener, and if his form doesn’t improve it could open the door for Owen Farrell.

Farrell made an immediate impact off the bench with a tactical kick and then changed the tempo in attack to create Watson’s try, although he missed a relatively straightforward penalty. It’s probably advantage Farrell at the moment but Sexton is a man who loves a challenge.

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

The Provincial Barbarians have sniffed an upset in the offing.

They are up to the Lions 22m with just six points seperating them from the tourists on the scoreboard.

Those are not the sort of maths to make Warren Gatland happy...

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter in Whangarei

Mass booing from the home fans as Farrell went for goal, but trying to take the lead to two scores probably the right call.

Either way, execution from the Lions has been sub-par.

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Ross Moriarty looks like the wear and tear of this opener is starting to tell.

He is a little slow to his feet and looks like he is nursing a knock. The bench has been pretty much emptied though.

Just Elliot Daly left on the pine by my count,

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Neat whisky: please stop talking about test places already!

But that's all part of the fun...!

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Taulupe Faletau and Joe Webber compete for the ball
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Owen Farrell has brought an accuracy to the Lions play.

A laser-guided up-and-under bomb is perfectly weighted for his chasers as it zeros in on the hosts' 22m.

Justin Tipuric pouches it, flips the ball out of the side-door, but Rhys Webb is hauled down just short.

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Sportbaby: Sat on a beach in Greece following the #Lions opener. Thank goodness for #bbcrugby live feed.

Missed penalty

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Owen Farrell kicks for goal
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Owen Farrell offers his hand in apology to his team-mates.

A penalty shot that would be meat and drink for the England lynchpin at Twickenham is suddenly a nerve-jangler in unfamiliar surroundings.

He clangs the post with his kick and the ball bounces out to a Baa-Baa hand.

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

The Provincial Barbarians line-out is spluttering.

Alun Wyn Jones finds the ball floating into his hand at the back of the queue as Andrew Makalio over-cooks his dart.

Jamie George with the chance to show how it is done on the hosts' 22m.

He picks out Sam Warburton accurately. The Baa-Baas are pinged for pulling down the driving maul as the Lions are starting to motor linewards.

Kick to the corner? Nope.

"Shot," says Owen Farrell to the referee with the toursts only six points up on the board.

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

George Kruis announces himself with a steal in the middle of the line-out.

Jamie George snags Andrew Makalio as his hooking counterpart tests his pace on the outside.

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

The Provincial Barbarians are not giving up this as a lost cause.

Joe Webber - on at fly-half - is bundled out of play just short of the Lions line after an accurate crossfield kick picks out Sevu Reece.

Marcel Renata is on for the hosts, as is Peter Rowe.

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Anthony Watson celebrates
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The energy which had been perhaps lacking in the first half has come from the bench for the Lions.

Owen Farrell, who can play 12 but is seen as a 10 for the tour, provides a wonderful head to head with Sexton.

Farrell's introduction has led to greater tempo, accuracy and execution. All that allied with some punchy ball carrying upfront and the Lions are looking more like Lions, which is why they're ahead on the scoreboard.

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Stroke Bet: Unfortunately for Sexton, the difference with Farrell on the pitch is extraordinary - so intelligent with his play

Dave Somerville: Following the match from the Maldives; how did rugby fans on holiday cope in the days before BBC live feed - it's a lifesaver?!

Lee Elliott: I wish BBC Sportwould lose the Fan feedback element - too many keyboard warriors who are too quick to write [off] teams or players

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Bryn Gatland pokes a superb kick into the corner. That is the last act of a very impressive display.

Can the Lions' claim him on family grounds?

The Lions also make a change with Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb on in place of Greig Laidlaw, who has done what he does.

Solid service from the base, a excellent back-up kicking option, but unspectacular in the loose.

Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Ben Te'o
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More impressive stuff from Ben Te'o as he flares the boosters and goes outside a mismatched forward.

Ross Moriarty has also been a physical presence in the loose running hard and fast. Is that enough to earn a Test spot though? It wasn't for Andy Powell.

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Converted try - Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

Anthony Watson (con Farrell)

Anthony Watson scores a try
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It sounds harsh, but Owen Farrell has done more in two minutes than Johnny Sexton did in the previous 50.

The England fly-half, drills a kick into the corner to put the hosts under pressure, zips out a flat mispass to put Ross Moriarty into a hole and then draws and gives to allow Anthony Watson to pirouette over for the Lions' first try of the tour.

And he adds the conversion from out wide as well.

First round to the Saracen on the fly-half scorecards?

Replacements

Provincial Barbarians 7-6 British and Irish Lions

Johnny Sexton's fitful display is not going to be given any longer to fall into place.

Owen Farrell is on in his place.

And here comes the full forward cavalry.

A full front-row swap with Jamie George, Mako Vunipola and Tadhg Furlong on, along with George Kruis in the second row.

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Rae: The first half of the first game of a long tour for the Lions, people need to take a chill pill, the team WILL get better

Alex Taylor: Think I felt that hit on Alun Wyn Jones...

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Mike Clark: At this rate Sexton won't be getting the main number 10 slot for the lions! V poor so far.

Provincial Barbarians 7-6 British and Irish Lions

Better from the Lions as they build pressure and speed up the recycling of the ball.

But the momentum comes to abrupt halt as Alun Wyn Jones is crunched with a whiplash-inducing tackle from Andre Makalio.

Alun Wyn Jones
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Replacement

Provincial Barbarians 7-6 British and Irish Lions

The Provincial Barbarians have made their first change with local man Matt Matich off the bench.

The Lions look like they are preparing their first switch. Owen Farrell is stripped down and ready to go on the sidelines. George Kruis - his Saracens and England team-mate - is also ready to go.

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Jeff Roberts: I do love all these 'fans' doom and gloom after 40mins, grow up! Get behind team!

Jack Goldstein: I see some #LionsNZ2017undefined fans are getting the excuses in early. Jet lag doesn't suddenly make you less inventive!

BOOM: Sexton reconfirming why @owen_faz is the best footballer on the planet currently

Provincial Barbarians 7-6 British and Irish Lions

Bryn Gatland
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The Provincial Barbarians are playing this game in real free-running care-free fashion.

Bryn Gatland runs the ball from under his own posts once again.

Full-back Luteru Laulala shows his sharp feet once again.

The Lions, by contrast, looked weighed down by the occasion in the first half.

Paul Grayson

Former Lions and England fly-half

Rusty in the rain, the Lions need a good old wire brush of a game after only being in NZ for three days and that’s what they're getting.

Provincial fly-half Bryn Gatland is clever and inventive and prodding the Lions and his dad to good effect.

Lions number eight Taulupe Faletau looks a Test player already and the Lions are warming to their task with five clear cut opportunities, which they need to start taking.

Kyle Sinckler is holding his hand up with some good touches and the backs are beginning to flow a little. A more clinical and rust free second half will see them home.

Penalty - Provincial Barbarians 7-6 British and Irish Lions

Greig Laidlaw

Greig Laidlaw
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A solid slot, but the Lions are arguing over small change when they were expected to be racking up some serious scoreboard credit.