British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland believes that the second test against the All Blacks on Saturday morning will be the biggest match that his players have ever played.
“We are aware of how physical they were and we have to match that physicality on Saturday night. I thought their tight five were excellent and it is a big challenge for us to match that and step up also."
The choice to move Owen Farrell to inside centre to accommodate Leinster's Johnny Sexton is in order to give the Lions more attacking options and an improved kicking game in what is expected to be a wet and windy night in Wellington.
Tour captain Sam Warburton has benefitted at the expense of Peter O'Mahony. The Munster has not only lost his role as captain but also his place on the match-day squad.
But the inclusion of Warburton could be crucial for the battle of the breakdown and Gatland recognises just how vital the breakdown will be on Saturday night.
“We need to be more effective at the breakdown, competing more. They got to go forward with quick quality ball so we need to be better there.
Gatland is looking forward to seeing the Warburton and Seán O'Brien combination and has been full of praise for both men.
“Sam has been brilliant, he knows he was a bit short of game time coming into the first Test."
"“Hopefully that combination with Sean works well because I think Sean has had an outstanding Tour to date and I think the balance of those two will be great."