The British and Irish Lions second defeat to the Highlanders drew some all too familiar conclusions from the opening games of the Lions tour; poor discipline, and butchered chances.
With opportunities going missing against the super rugby teams, the Northern Hemisphere side only just got over the line in their two victories, and came up short against the Blues and the Highlanders.
Failing to convert the percentages should concern Warren Gatland and his coaches. It has led All Blacks legend, Dan Carter, to suggest that these missed chances could cause another series whitewash for the Lions, as similar to the one experienced in 2005:
“They have shown on a couple of occasions on the tour so far that they’re capable of creating line breaks but they’re just not able to finish them off,
“If you’re going to beat a team like the All Blacks, you’ve got to make the most of every opportunity you get.
“I’m a pretty one-eyed All Black supporter and I am hoping for the same end result [in 2005], although I think it’ll be a bit closer than the last series,”
— Dan Carter, speaking to the Telegraph
Such words from the former All Black sound like the fly-half is not that concerned at the Lions inflicting defeat on New Zealand.
The touring side managed to beat Carter’s old side, Crusaders, but are still yet to look totally convincing as a cohesive group; if they fail to be on the same page come the 24th of June – it could be a case of another whitewash for the touring side.