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Scoring system a bonus for Lions: Farrell

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/12/2016
Defence coach Andy Farrell. © Reuters Defence coach Andy Farrell.

The introduction of bonus points to the Six Nations will improve the British and Irish Lions' hopes of beating the All Blacks, defence coach Andy Farrell says.

The Six Nations, which starts on starts on February 4, has injected the new scoring system on a trial basis.

Teams will be awarded a bonus point should they score four or more tries or lose by seven or fewer points.

A similar system has been in place in the southern hemisphere's international competitions since the Tri-Nations was launched in 1996.

"We have been in front against them (New Zealand) with teams I have been involved with and they are masters at the comeback, staying calm and being clinical," said Farrell, who is defence coach for the 10-match tour next June and July.

"The way to score that bonus-point try is exactly like that - staying calm, being clinical, not being frantic, and going about your job as you should do rather than being too emotional."

Farrell was part of the backroom staff that masterminded Ireland's shock triumph over New Zealand in Chicago to halt their record 18-match winning streak last month.

The 41-year-old former England defensive coach believes bonus points will encourage northern hemisphere Test teams to be more attacking.

"It is good for us because we want to play a good attacking style of rugby in Ireland, we have shown that with the tries we have scored of late.

"I believe it is going to be good for us, but everyone knows that you have to score points against New Zealand."

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