Faumuina confident in tighthead stocks

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Lynn McConnell     10 Jul 2017     Getty Images

Faumuina said the lost opportunities in games had been crucial. It was something they had been working on and would have to be continued by those involved in the next campaign.


There had been more issues at the scrum in the third Test than earlier and he was at a loss to explain why that was the case.

"Just both teams trying to get the edge and a few mistakes from both teams here and there and we went to ground.

"I thought it came out all right as the ref didn't want to make any 50-50 calls and just reset the scrums," he said.

It wasn't clear what the reasons were for the collapses and he felt the referee had handled that issue well.

Being his last Test he had shed some tears after the game knowing that he wouldn't be pulling on the jersey again after 50 Tests.

"It has been a good part of the journey but it is on to the next one," he said. There was no chance of a return at some stage. The legs were slowing up and it was the next person's opportunity, he said.

The players were on hand to move into the role. Nepo Laulala and Ofa Tu'ungafasi were up there and they just needed time and they would get there. They also had Owen Franks still there and he was a good guy to learn off, Faumuina said.

"I have a lot of faith the next bunch of guys coming through will do the job," he said.
Hooker Codie Taylor said returning to Super Rugby with the Crusaders wouldn't be an issue and he had been joking with his Hurricanes rivals in the All Blacks about how they would be killing each other next weekend.

The Lions series would have the players in good stead back in their franchises because of the intensity of the play they had been exposed to.

Getting the home advantage, which would come with a win over the Hurricanes on Saturday, would be huge and it was something the Crusaders had worked hard for this year.

"We've battled away for the last couple of years and not done that well so to have home advantage is something special for us and hopefully we can use that to our advantage and get the outcomes we want," he said.

Taylor said the Lions series had been a huge opportunity in the wake of Dane Coles' absence and he said he wanted 'to grow heaps' from the chance and take it into what he hoped would be a long career.

The big lesson for him had been the little moments that had to be taken.

"At these high-level intensity Test games it's the little moments that get you that momentum and you nail those and you are either putting points on the board or putting a lot of pressure on the other team. For me that's probably the biggest thing," he said.

Taylor said he also enjoyed the physical contest up front against the Lions, and after what he had learned on last year's tour to Europe, he found the Lions were only interested in the contest and getting a good platform to play off and that had been enjoyable.