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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

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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

  2. Missed penalty

    Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

    Owen Farrell kicks for goal

    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.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

    Ugo Monye

    Former Lions and England winger

    Anthony Watson celebrates

    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

  8. Post update

    Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

    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.

  9. Post update

    Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

    Ben Te'o

    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.

  10. Post update

    Opta
  11. Converted try - Provincial Barbarians 7-13 British and Irish Lions

    Anthony Watson (con Farrell)

    Anthony Watson scores a try

    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?

  12. 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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    Jonny Sexton

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

  15. Post update

    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
  16. 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 #LionsNZ2017false 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

  18. Post update

    Provincial Barbarians 7-6 British and Irish Lions

    Bryn Gatland

    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.

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Penalty - Provincial Barbarians 7-6 British and Irish Lions

    Greig Laidlaw

    Greig Laidlaw

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