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Summary

  1. Final score: Lions 34-6 Chiefs
  2. Lions have won 4, lost 2 so far - next up the All Blacks on Saturday
  3. Nowell 2, penalty (7pts), Payne tries, Biggar 3 cons, 2 pens for Lions
  4. Donald 2 pens for Chiefs
  5. Match took place in Hamilton, Waikato

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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See that pensive-looking young man third from the left? From his days as a hooker for Waikato, what a career Warren Gatland has gone on to have.

Even though it was against the team of his youth, today's victory will have only added to his legend in these parts.

And imagine if he coaches the Lions to a Test series win against the all-conquering All Blacks...

Can he do it? The first instalment of the three-Test series is on Saturday - join us at 07:30 BST to find out.

Do not miss it. The Lions are on the prowl...

What did the boss make of it?

Warren Gatland speaking to Sky Sports: "I hope we are peaking at the right time. We always felt that we would get better the longer we spent together. We were more clinical today, we squeezed them, didn't concede any tries and played some good rugby, finished off a few chances.

We will look at the video tonight and announce the team to the squad tomorrow night. I thought the back three were good and I had told both Nowell and Daly that there were chances for them. You never know what is going to change between the first and third Test.

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Matthew Meaton: What's all the fuss about Henderson for the Lions. Consistently outplayed by Lawes who be in the test team

Michael Harris: From the start of the tour Henderson's been outstanding. He deserves his place in the test 23. Alun Wyn will miss out

Chiefs 6-34 Lions

Pretty much everyone who took the field today bolstered their Test credentials on the back of a healthy win, but here's a little review of the men furthest into the black as we approach the All Blacks.

Courtney Lawes - line-out prowess combined with athleticism in the loose. Another head knock today checked his progress, but might well be in the XV had he had a clear run into the first Test.

James Haskell - more like the force of nature that put the wind up the Aussies Down Under last summer.

Liam Williams - able to get his wheels rolling for the first time in anger, some lovely angles and steps.

Elliot Daly and Jack Nowell - both whirlwinds of energy, looking for the ball and openings. Their tours are far from done.

Former Scotland captain Andy Nicol on Twitter: That was an impressive win by @lionsofficial Tour bubbling nicely now, rather excited to be leaving today to see rest of games in person!

Who impressed Ugo?

Chiefs 6-34 Lions

Liam Williams
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Liam Williams is probably not going to start at full-back this weekend, but he is the best attacking full-back the Lions have. He played beautifully, picking some great lines and linking well with the wingers and centres. Sticking with the back three, Jack Nowell - who with two tries is now the joint top scorer with penalty tries on tour - showed Warren Gatland that he's back to his best.

Dan Biggar at 10 was very good and let the ball do a lot of the work, rather than the boot. Overall the attack looked as fluid as we've seen all tour. It's amazing when there's a collective feeling of "this might be our last chance to showcase what we can do" which brings out a freedom of play.

I absolutely loved watching the game. Hats off to all of them. In the pack Courtney Lawes was very physical, Justin Tipuric, James Haskell and CJ Stander combing really well in a back row which functioned very well, and the front row was dominant.

Lions series are all about peaking individually and collectively for the Test series and on the evidence tonight you've got to say they are doing just that. Roll on Saturday!

Chiefs 6-34 Lions

The Lions continue their off-field charm offensive in the aftermath of the match.

Jack Nowell is pressing the flesh and having his snap taken with some Chiefs fans as he heads off the pitch.

Chiefs 6-34 Lions

Lions captain Rory Best speaking to Sky Sports: "I told the lads before kick-off that if we let this one slip by you'll regret it. We have not been getting the wins but we have been putting ourselves into positions to win and win comfortably.

"We picked ourselves off the ground and did well. It would have been easy to give away a try in the final stages there but we kept marching forward and to have a tight-head prop make the turn-over in the last three minutes summed it up."

Lions winger Jack Nowell speaking to Sky Sports: "We want to come out here and be remembered. We wanted to move the ball about and any try in a Lions shirt means a lot."

Dom Bangay-Wilding: Best moment of the game; all the Lions congratulating Alan Dell after coming on and winning a penalty at the scrum

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

What a performance from the Lions. They looked threatening with and without the ball and played for the full 80 minutes. It is a perfectly timed win to feed the energy back into the Test team for Saturday's first Test.

Defensively they suffocated the Chiefs, who didn't really have a sniff of a try. Andy Farrell's defensive system has pretty much fully functioned this tour and the All Blacks are going to have to work hard for their points.

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A nice moment post match as the Lions come together in a huddle and on a call from CJ Stander all shove their hands into the middle on a pre-rehearsed celebration call.

The midweek massive, the dirttrackers, whatever you call them, they have their first win of this tour.

And the first string are heading into the first Test on a bounce.

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Ali Mason: Best bit about the win is the pressure on every player at the weekend knowing there's fifteen players ready to step up

Replacements stay put

Chiefs 6-34 Lions

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at the Waikato Stadium

After all the talk of Warren Gatland devaluing the Lions jersey by calling up a handful of players deemed undeserving, only Allan Dell of the new additions has come onto the field, and that was a necessity with Joe Marler in the sin bin.

Gatland clearly was using these players as injury cover and injury cover only; it's incredibly rare in the modern game -especially with a 30-point lead - for the replacements not to be used.

Full-time

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Dan Coles gets in to disrupt and steal. Great work from the prop who has come on strong in the last 20 minutes.

'Last play,' shouts the ref. Dan Biggar does not need telling twice.

He wallops the kick dead to end the match.

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A bit of rumble as Atu Moli pinches Rory Best's scrumcap and the pair roll around in the hay.

No time for that though. The Chiefs have tapped and gone...

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Ben Sutton: Henderson has been superb all tour. What a fight for the Test lock jerseys! Itoje, Kruis start with Henderson on the bench for me

Andrew Priestley: Henderson, Nowell & Daly the movers. Henshaw & Williams the losers. Henderson and Daly have played themselves onto the Test bench

Nial Foster

BBC Sport Northern Ireland at the Waikato Stadium

Iain Henderson has put his hand up for a selection in Warren Gatland's Test squad. The Ulsterman has done his reputation no harm on this tour, impressive at the ruck and strong as an ox going forward.

As the Lions huffed and puffed their way over the white wash, the 6ft 6 lock was the man who forced the referee into awarding the penalty try. His pass to Jack Nowell for his second try was one that an out-half would be proud of.

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James Haskell runs with the ball
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Good turnover scrapping from James Haskell secures a turnover for the Lions.

Liam Williams chip ahead is gobbled up by the hosts though and they are up to the Lions 22m.

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Chase Tiatia runs with the ball
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The Chiefs are playing from deep, in search of a consolation try to put some gloss on the scoreboard.

The Lions attempting to hold on for a statement-sending clean sheet.

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This is getting very ragged.

Some Harlem Globetrotters stuff from the Chiefs, but the ball is back in Lions paws.

Liam Williams finds Tommy Seymour in support on a delicious angle. The Scot is in a gaping hole, Jared Payne in support, should be a try.

Isn't.

Seymour's crabbing line squeezes the space and his pass complete the job, lobbed unforgivingly at Payne's knees.

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Matt Taggart: Did Best just hit that Kiwi so hard that his shorts fell down?

Chiefs 6-34 Lions

A good stretching take from Courtney Lawes, a canter into space by Justin Tipuric and some sleight of hand from Iain Henderson in the loose.

The Lions forwards are showing their class now. They are being given the stage by the Chiefs though.

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CycleStuffblog: The best bit about following the Lions matches on BBC Sport is reading all the heavily one-eyed national viewpoints. It's great.

Ben Smith: Looks like the midweek team have decided to show up at last

Michael Harris: there are people suggesting Liam Williams hasnt done anything all tour? Liam is the tall guy at 15 today. No blue skull cap ok!

Player watch - Liam Williams

Ross Harries

Scrum V presenter at the Waikato Stadium

Liam Williams of the Lions runs
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That Jared Payne try showed what we all know Liam Williams is capable of. Great angle, an injection of pace, a wiggle of the hips, and perfect timing of the pass. With that intervention alone, he’s laid a big marker down to Warren Gatland. His back three colleagues Jack Nowell and Eliott Daly have both enhanced their claims as well.

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James Haskell has been trucking around like a rabid bear today, into everything 110%.

Another formidable hit in defence.

Dan Cole is up and ready for the scrum on the Lions 22m after a cheap shot from Mitchell Brown at the back of a ruck.

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

It's certainly been a quick second half so far - a real step up in tempo and intensity. The stats read really well from a Lions perspective and we now expect them to dominate territory, set-piece and possession. That second penalty try in as many games is a simple indicator as to their dominance up front.

Aside all of that it's so good to see the Lions show their counter-attacking ability, using forwards and backs, and it was a lovely finish from Jack Nowell before a similarly good score from Jared Payne.

It's taken a few weeks, but we've seen a couple of ruthless, well executed tries by the Lions. That's not to say that driving mails and scrum penalties aren't good execution, it's just exciting to see something from the backline.

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The Lions blitz has sucked some life out of the stadium.

International Space Station levels of atmosphere as the Chiefs are forced into an injury change.

They are back up to a full complement though as Mitchell Brown returns from the bin.

Converted try - Chiefs 6-34 Lions

Jared Payne (con Biggar)

Jared Payne scored a try
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The Lions cutting loose now....

Jack Nowell collects a brain-dead chip ahead and feeds Liam Williams on the burst.

The Wales full-back jinks, shakes his snake-hips and cuts the scattered Chiefs defence to ribbons.

His off-load gives Jared Payne a stroll in.

This is a Chiefs team without its' main men and down to 14 after Mitch Brown's yellow, but this is exactly the shot of confidence the Lions squad wanted heading into the first Test.

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James Kelly: you little beaut! 2 tries in a Lions match for an @ExeterChiefs player, you couldn't make it up

Replacement

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Read into this what you will.

Elliot Daly is withdrawn and replaced with Tommy Seymour immediately after that break and lovely pass for the try.

Is he being saved for matchday duty on Saturday?

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at the Waikato Stadium

Easily the Lions' best try on the tour to date.

Forwards and backs interlinking superbly, and Iain Henderson sending out a bullet of a pass off his left hand to help set up Jack Nowell.

Converted try - Chiefs 6-27 Lions

Jack Nowell (con Biggar)

Jack Nowell scores for the Lions
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The try of the tour so far from the Lions.

It all starts with a fluffed Chiefs line-out deep in Lions territory, Elliot Daly streaks free up the line, finds Jared Payne with a superb pass inside, the ball is recycled and back and forwards combine to feed Jack Nowell who carves inside the cover for the score.

Two more for pot from Dan Biggar.

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Stephen Bowe: Is Liam Williams seriously close to the test team? He hasn't done a single thing right so far all tour

Fellowhoodlums: For anyone to suggest an England 15 is the best Lions team shows utter arrogance

Chiefs 6-20 Lions

Courtney Lawes is back on after passing his head injury assessment...

Sin-bin

Chiefs 6-20 Lions

And Mitchell Brown is sent to the sin-bin for the Chiefs for his part in foiling a legitimate try, taking them down to 14 for the next 10 minutes.

Player watch - Liam Williams

Ross Harries

Scrum V presenter at the Waikato Stadium

Liam Williams is tackeld
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Liam Williams has had a little more ball in this half, and while we’re yet to see him slice through, he still makes yards even in heavy traffic.

Speaking of heavy traffic, he was on the receiving end of a dumper truck tackle a few moments ago, but he kept the ball safe, and delivered it on a plate. They make them tough in Waunarlwydd.

Try - Chiefs 6-20 Lions

Penalty try

The Chiefs resort to blatant cheating to stop the Lions rumble, throwing bodies into the legs of the tourists' driving maul.

The referee is straight under the sticks to award the penalty try.

No conversion, instead an automatic seven points nowadays.

A chunky lead now for the Lions. Blow this one and the midweek team really will butterfingers.

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Eh up.

The line-out comes to nothing apart from some serious handbags.

Alun Wyn Jones is immediately into the thick of it, exchanging less-than-pleasantries with a Chiefs prop.

Another line-out to come for the Lions...

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Scratch that. Courtney Lawes is heading off for a head injury assessment.

Alun Wyn Jones is on in his place for the time being.

He will have a line-out five metres from the Chiefs line to get his teeth into...

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