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The much awaited British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand started on a disappointing note for the All-Star visitors whose record in the two opening games is one victory and one defeat with eight matches (three Tests) remaining.

The squad, made up of the top echelon of players from Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England, have so far failed to jell as a smooth-running team.

Past historic outcomes have seen these Lions usually triumph against the local clubs and be competitive in the Test matches against the home country.

But to date in the opener, the Lions barely beat the Provincial Barbarians in Whangarei on the Northern Island, squeaking out a 13-7 win.

In the second contest against the weakest of the tour's professional teams, the Auckland Blues, the Lions displayed no offensive flair, and lost to a spirited side, led by the gritty play of Sonny Bill Williams.

The crowd numbered 40,000 on a rainy night at Eden Park whose capacity is 50,000.

The Lions’ coach, Warren Gatland, must find the right mixture from his talented squad to square off against the Crusaders this Saturday, June 10.

The wags in New Zealand wonder that if the Lions cannot beat the local club fifteens, what will they do in the three-game series against the powerful All Blacks?