Lions must stop 'monster' Sonny Bill Williams - Rhys Webb

Rhys Webb
Rhys Webb has scored 35 points in 28 appearances for Wales

Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb says the British and Irish Lions must stop "monster" centre Sonny Bill Williams to stand any chance of beating New Zealand.

Williams scored a try and created the winning score as the Blues beat the Lions 22-16 at Eden Park. on Wednesday.

Lions scrum-half Webb says the tourists will have to contain Williams in the Tests against the All Blacks.

"He's a monster; everyone knows what he can do," Webb, 28, said.

"He got them over the gain line," Webb added. "He's got that class about him.

"We know he's going to be a threat in a couple of weeks' time, so it's good to play against him now.

"He's special, he's an athlete, he's a world-class individual."

The Lions will play three Tests against the All Blacks on their 10-match tour, with the first one coming on 24 June, and Webb says they will need to watch out for Williams' deft offloads.

"We'll need to be on the money to stop him in a couple of weeks' time," he said. "Our defence has got to be strong, we've got to be physical, and obviously track that offload as well.

"He can throw these unbelievable offloads from nowhere. We need to be alert at all times. If you try to tackle him high [to stop the offload] he might sit you down and bounce you."

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Webb is adamant the Lions are not about to send out any distress signals after the defeat by the Blues, which followed a stuttering performance in their 13-7 win over the Provincial Barbarians in their opening match.

"There's no sense of panic, not at all," said Webb, whose team's next match is against the Crusaders on Saturday.

"Obviously we lost and we're disappointed but we'll keep our heads up.

"They are easy fixes and not too much to worry about.

"We knew it was going to be tough, we knew it was going to be a challenge coming over, so we'll look forward to it."

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