Warburton: I am a big doubt for the first Test

He's down to train tomorrow and the next day, and from there we'll get a better gauge.

"I know there's some discussion about engagement".

The former All Blacks hooker said: "Our scrum will be very strong when it's Test time".

The greatest interest will centre around the form of captain Sam Warburton given his lack of form and fitness, albeit for just one match. The problem, of course, is there are doubts which persist over whether that is the case.

The Lions were brutally efficient in their work to nullify an unbeaten All Blacks-laden Canterbury Crusaders side 12-3 in Christchurch and coach Warren Gatland will be looking for a similar performance against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

The Lions went tryless and held the Crusaders tryless in Saturday's match, leaving a target for Gatland's critics who say the tourists' lack of try-scoring ability is of concern.

In a match viewed as a fourth Test, Gatland fielded his strongest XV of the tour so far, minus injured captain Sam Warburton, and under the alternative leadership of Alun Wyn Jones the Lions took control from the start.

"I'll be honest with Gats and he will be honest with me. I'm more pleased with the result than the performance, we needed that".

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Dan Biggar will start in the No. 10 jersey in a halves combination with Wales teammate Rhys Webb.

"But more importantly, which hasn't been a factor in the last three games, is turnovers".

"It definitely felt like that with the team that played tonight". He knows the game and he never gets rattled. Jack Nowell is given another go on the wing despite struggling against the Blues, with Tommy Seymour lining up on the left.

They lost two kickoffs in the first half and conceded half a dozen soft penalties while dropping passes. Farrell is long enough in the game now to take the rough with the smooth, but even so was patently delighted with the improvement shown against the Crusaders. The business end of the tour is fast approaching. When I play well and I am match-fit, I am aggressive in the tackle, I'll contribute handful of good carries, and you become a lineout option.

"A lot of those guys will get another opportunity and we're really confident about that". I have to deliver in that area on Tuesday.

The Highlanders have had their squad plundered by the All Blacks and the Maori All Blacks, losing key playmakers in scrum-half Aaron Smith and full-back Ben Smith to the national side, plus Elliot and Ash Dixon, Joe Wheeler, Rob Thompson and Tom Franklin to the Maori select side.

Stuart Hogg could become the first major casualty of the British and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand as he awaits specialist advice on a cheekbone injury.

"We picked a bigger squad this time round than we did for the last tour, simply because of the schedule - not just the games but the travel time and the amount of time we're going to have on the training field together".

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