Sexton and Furlong feature as Lions grind out win
June 3, 2017 11:18 am client
Johnny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong were both involved as the Lions recorded a victory in their opening tour match against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians on Saturday.
Sexton started the match and kicked a penalty in the 16th-minute to give the Lions the lead.
The Provincial Barbarians scored the game’s first try through Sam Anderson-Heather, converted by Bryn Gatland – son of Lions head coach Warren Gatland – to give them the lead at the break.
Sexton was replaced by Owen Farrell early in the second half, and soon after Tadhg Furlong made his first appearance in a Lions jersey when he came on as a 51st-minute replacement for Harlequins’ Kyle Sinckler.
The Lions went on to win the game 13-7 with a 53rd-minute try from Bath Rugby’s Anthony Watson, converted by Farrell.
The next game of the tour comes on Wednesday against the Auckland Blues at Eden Park (KO 8.35am Irish time).
Lions fixtures & results
13-7 win v NZ Provincial Barbarians, Toll Stadium, Whangarei (Saturday, 3rd June, KO 8.35am Irish/7.35pm New Zealand)
v Auckland Blues, Eden Park, Auckland (Wednesday, 7th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)
v Crusaders, AMI Stadium, Christchurch (Saturday, 10th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)
v Highlanders, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin (Tuesday, 13th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)
v Maori All Blacks, Rotorua International Stadium (Saturday, 17th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)
v Chiefs, FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton (Tuesday, 20th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)
v All Blacks, Eden Park, Auckland (Saturday, 24th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)
v Hurricanes, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (Tuesday, 27th June, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)
v All Blacks, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (Saturday, 1st July, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)
v All Blacks, Eden Park, Auckland (Saturday, 8th July, KO 8.35am/7.35pm)