For Jonny Wilkinson, his belief is that the British and Irish Lions defence could be the platform via which they would be able to successfully push an attack against New Zealand.


In their opening matches of the tour of New Zealand, the Lions showed little attacking flair. However, their mauling of the Chiefs in the midweek saw them in a confident win as they ran in four tries.

The Lions are now in top gear preparations ahead of their Saturday’s first Test holding at the Eden Park where Wilkinson feels the Lions defence would be critical to them laying down an early marker.

Wilkinson, who is an ambassador for Land Rover noted that a team must score more points than the other to emerge winner.

“People get asked questions and respond to the questions in the best way they can but ultimately both teams will realise to win a game you must score more points than the other,” he said.

Wilkinson also stated that two ways to achieve a win would either be scoring a lot of points or preventing the other team from scoring any.

“You can do that two ways – score a hell of a lot of points or stop them from scoring any.” he added.

The All Blacks will head into the three-Test series on the back of a 78-0 victory against Samoa.

Wilkinson stated that he was impressed with how much the team has been able to respond to the retirement of five of their key players after the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the likes of fly-half Dan Carter and captain Richie McCaw.

He added that the slight transition the team was going through was pretty much unnoticeable with no real dip in their form.