Will British and Irish Lions lick their wounds and recover after a crushing defeat (15-30) against the New Zealand All Blacks last Saturday in time for the second test on July 1? The results from the first test speak strongly in favour of the All Blacks, and the 3-0 win for the world’s best team is now a looming possibility. (If you also like winning big, try mystic secrets rtp)

Commenting on the first match, the Lions head coach Warren Gatland said: “They were excellent and they deserved their win.”

However, the story might not be over yet. Gatland made some serious changes to his starting line-up for the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington. Captain Sam Warburton replaces Peter O’Mahony on the blindside flank, with Maro Itoje preferred to George Kruis in the second row. Gatland also picked Jonathan Sexton to 10 and moved Owen Farrell to 12, signalling that we can expect a more assertive and creative approach in Wellington. Sexton and Farrell have played only 74 minutes together as a 10-12 axis in the eight previous matches on the tour and this choice is certainly not the most obvious one.

However, Gatland remains adamant Sexton and Farrell can handle the All Blacks duo, Sonny Bill Williams and Anton Lienert-Brown. “They haven’t started together, but they had quite a bit of time together, and the combination against the Crusaders was good and they had a bit of time last week as well. It’s just given us two ball players, two kicking options on the right foot, a first and second receiver and the left foot options with Jonathan Davies and Elliot Daly as well, so we are happy with the mix.”

The reaction of the All Black’s head coach Steve Hansen in the aftermath of the last match and after Gatland announced his squad for the next one seems relaxed but cautious. “Quality teams don’t lie down,” Hansen said. “They stand up and get counted. Losing hurts, it sucks, it’s not a great idea and it comes with a lot of pain so you don’t want to do it. I think they’ll come with everything they’ve got. We need to be prepared for that and bring everything we’ve got to match it.”

Below is the full selection of both teams for the Saturday’s clash:

British and Irish Lions Team: L Williams; A Watson, J Davies, O Farrell, E Daly; J Sexton, C Murray; M Vunipola, J George, T Furlong, AW Jones, M Itoje, S Warburton (capt), S O’Brien, T Faletau.

Replacements: K Owens, J McGrath, K Sinckler, C Lawes, CJ Stander; R Webb, B Te’o, J Nowell

New Zealand Team: I Dagg; W Naholo, A Lienert-Brown, S B Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; J Moody, C Taylor, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, J Kaino, S Cane, K Read (capt).

Replacements N Harris, W Crockett, C Faumuina, S Barrett, A Savea, TJ Perenara, A Crruden, N Laumape.