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Watson try game-winner as Lions struggle to beat Barbarians

Reuters logo Reuters 3/06/2017 Greg Stutchbury

Anthony Watson sores a try for the Lions during the match between the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and British & Irish Lions at Toll Stadium on June 3, 2017. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Anthony Watson sores a try for the Lions during the match between the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians and British & Irish Lions at Toll Stadium on June 3, 2017. Winger Anthony Watson's 52nd minute try gave the British and Irish Lions the slim advantage they needed as they struggled to a scrappy 13-7 victory over the Provincial Barbarians in the opening match of their tour in Whangarei on Saturday.

Lions flyhalf Johnny Sexton slotted a first half penalty, scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw then stepped up when he went down injured to add a second, and replacement flyhalf Owen Farrell converted Watson's try.

Stuart Hogg of the British & Irish Lions is tackled by Joshua Goodhue of NZ Provincial Barbarians. © David Rogers/Getty Images Stuart Hogg of the British & Irish Lions is tackled by Joshua Goodhue of NZ Provincial Barbarians. Barbarians captain Sam Anderson-Heather, who suffered injuries to his knee, ribs and hand, scored the only try for the side selected from New Zealand's semi-professional provincial competition before he was replaced at halftime.

Bryn Gatland of NZ Provincial Barbarians passes the ball. © David Rogers/Getty Images Bryn Gatland of NZ Provincial Barbarians passes the ball. Flyhalf Bryn Gatland, the son of Lions coach Warren, converted Anderson-Heather's try and showed he would be more than capable of playing at a higher level should the Auckland Blues need him on Wednesday against the tourists.

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