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Lions will have to be better in Wellington - Gatland

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Lynn McConnell     25 Jun 2017     Getty Images

The All Blacks had been aggressive at the breakdown and had played very well up front. That was something the Lions would have to learn from.

But he was frustrated at the side's continuing ability to concede penalties which put them under pressure, especially when several occurred near the All Blacks line allowing them to ease the pressure on them.

"We created some great chances, we played some lovely rugby and scored a couple of nice tries which was hugely positive," he said.

The team faults that resulted in the All Blacks tries had all occurred from incidents that were 'fixable', he said.

"We switched off a little bit and they caught us with a quick tap. That's fixable. From a kick, a ball has gone through Liam Williams' hands and bounced into Rieko Ioane's arms and he's scored from that.

"Then there was a scrum advantage where we've missed a first-up tackle so for me those things are fixable," he said.

The All Blacks had been 'very direct' up front and the Lions would have to do better in those areas.

"They did a good job slowing our line speed. They came off nine, which got them some front foot ball and they were very good at the breakdown," he said.

"We have to be much more physical next week. They were very direct."

The Lions had been able to use their lineout drive in the build-up games to the Test but on the night the All Blacks were largely able to sack the Lions maul successfully.

"We need to be better in that area and in one scrum they put us under pressure," Gatland said.

Captain Peter O'Mahony was concerned at the lapses in discipline.

"If you are going to give away over seven or eight penalties, you are going to struggle, especially against a team of the quality of New Zealand," he said.

The side had also failed to make the most of two opportunities, one each at the start of each half where they failed to convert chances into points.