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Where will the first Test be won?

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/06/2017 By Daniel Gilhooly

KEY FACETS OF THE FIRST TEST

SCRUM

Lions players admit the motivation at scrum time in Europe is often to win their team a penalty. If they can do that, as they did against the All Blacks-laden Crusaders in Christchurch, it will be a hammer blow for the hosts.

RUCK SPEED

The slower the All Blacks win their ball, the better for the Lions. Kiwi Super Rugby teams have looked impotent without quick ball at the breakdown against a touring side adept in that facet.

BATTLE OF THE AIR

Halves Conor Murray and Owen Farrell won't hold back with the boot, putting the spotlight on the timing and hands of both team's back three. Despite their reputation, the All Blacks do more than their share of box-kicking too.

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