The Lions must learn to be more ruthless – and quickly, says Rory Best

• Letting lead slip against the Highlanders was ‘not acceptable’, says hooker
• Best: ‘We had enough class on the pitch to see that game off’

The British & Irish Lions have been accused of not being cold-blooded enough and told they must improve sharply if they want to upset the All Blacks in the Test series starting on Saturday week. According to Rory Best, Ireland’s captain, the manner of the Lions’ narrow defeat to the Highlanders was “not acceptable” and losing in a similar fashion to New Zealand is unthinkable.

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