Lions tour: Chiefs tamed by British and Irish Lions in Hamilton gallery video

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Former Chief Jared Payne dives over for a Lions try.

The Lions' Iain Henderson is held up over the tryline.

Lions wing Jack Nowell dives over for his second try.

Chase Tiatia of the Chiefs charges forward.

Jared Payne of the Lions is congratulated on his try by Robbie Henshaw.

Chiefs captain Stephen Donald of the Chiefs looks on during the first half.

Lions wing Jack Nowell celebrates scoring a double.

Former Chief Jared Payne runs in the Lions' third try.

Siegfried Fisi'ihoi of the Chiefs skips out of a tackle and makes a break.

Robbie Henshaw of the Lions kicks the ball through.

Lions wing Jack Nowell dives over for his second try.

Former Chief Jared Payne is tackled.

Lions wing Jack Nowell is congratulated by team-mate Greig Laidlaw after scoring their team's opening try.

Greig Laidlaw of the Lions kicks downfield as Chiefs halfback Finlay Christie closes in.

Tim Nanai Williams of the Chiefs looks for a way around Robbie Hensha.

Dan Cole throws a pass for the Lions.

Lions wing Jack Nowell dives over to score the opening try.

The Lions' Joe Marler of the sits in the sin bin after receiving a yellow card for a late tackle.

Johnny Faauli of the Chiefs is tackled by the Lions' Elliot Daly.

Chiefs halfback Finlay Christie is hauled down by CJ Stander.

Chiefs second five-eighth Johnny Faauli runs hard at the Lions' defence.

Lions first five-eighth Dan Biggar tackles Tom Sanders of the Chiefs.

The Lions' Iain Henderson is held up over the tryline.

Lions captain Rory Best shouts instructions.

Chiefs first five-eighth Stephen Donald kicks a penalty goal.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie walks along the sideline.

Lions coach Warren Gatland walks off the pitch ahead of the match.

Lions wing Jack Nowell is tackled by the Chiefs' Lachlan Boshier.

Chiefs captain Stephen Donald kicks the ball through.

Lions first five-eighth Dan Biggar throws a pass.

Liam Williams of the Lions is tackled by Chiefs captain Stephen Donald.

Courtney Lawes of the Lions and Dominic Bird of the Chiefs contest the ball in the lineout.

Chiefs wing Toni Pulu gets medical attention.

CJ Stander of the Lions is tackled.

The Lions huddle together before the match.

Chiefs halfback Finlay Christie is tackled by Iain Henderson of the Lions.

James Haskell of the Lions is tackled by the Chiefs' Chase Tiatia.

Robbie Henshaw of the Lions runs at Chiefs captain Stephen Donald.

Michael Allardice of the Chiefs drives the ball forward.

Liam Messam, centre, and his Chiefs team-mates perform the haka.

The Lions' Elliot Daly skips through the tackle of Finlay Christie.

Lions wing Jack Nowell checks on injured Chiefs wing Toni Pulu.

Robbie Henshaw of the Lions is stopped by the Chiefs defence.

Dan Cole of the Lions charges upfield.

James Haskell of the Lions is wrapped up by the Chiefs defence.

Fireworks before kick-off in Waikato.

The Lions face up to the Chiefs' haka.

Visiting Lions fans made the presence known.

Lions coach Warren Gatland looks on before kick-off.

A Chiefs fan gets ready for a big night.

Nervous Lions fans await the start of the game.

A view of the Lions' dressing room.

Lions fans arrive early for the Waikato clash.

Young Chiefs fans show their colours.

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A happier homecoming this time, for Warren Gatland.

This time last year the proud Waikato man left Hamilton with a face as red as his Welsh lads' jerseys after the Chiefs put them to the sword during their series against the All Blacks.

A year on, the cheeks will probably be described more as rosy, instead, after his British and Irish Lions midweekers kept the tourists' momentum well in hand ahead of the all-important first test at Eden Park on Saturday, after dispatching the Chiefs 34-6 at FMG Stadium Waikato.

Greig Laidlaw and Jack Nowell celebrate Nowell's opening try of the night against the Chiefs.
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Greig Laidlaw and Jack Nowell celebrate Nowell's opening try of the night against the Chiefs.

In reality, the result wasn't going to mean much in the bigger scheme of things, but after their confidence-building win over the New Zealand Maori in Rotorua last weekend, these Lions didn't want to surrender any of their newfound inspiration.

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This was their 10th time playing in Hamilton, and having lost on the past two occasions - to the Maori in 2005 and to Waikato in 1993 when Gatland scored a try for the Mooloo men - they made amends big time, with a team featuring five of those Welshmen from last year.

The Chiefs' laid down their challenge with that haka of theirs they've performed on several memorable occasions. But this time wasn't to be one of those. For a side without six All Blacks and four Maori players, it was always going to take something special.

They hoped for the exuberance of youth, but in the end, they just had to tip their hat to a touring party who themselves had enough to play for, with all wanting to make their best impression for future test selection prospects.

Former Chief Jared Payne goes over to score the Lions' third try.
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Former Chief Jared Payne goes over to score the Lions' third try.

The Chiefs were dominated massively at the set piece - their scrum shunted backwards on several occasions and their lineout faltering time and again, ever since Courtney Lawes snatched one in front of Dominic Bird on the first throw of the game. Then the hosts just struggled to split a solid Lions defensive line, with their usual gamebreakers not there to produce the normal spark.

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But if the Lions didn't leave Hamilton with bruised egos, they'll at least be nursing some bruised bodies. There were some absolutely punishing hits out there, with the crunches reverberating all around a stadium packed by 29,974 fans and featuring various pockets of red. That "Li-ons, Li-ons" chant that will only get louder over the next few weeks.

The Chiefs held the Lions to one try in the first half and a 13-6 scoreline at the break, with winger Jack Nowell scoring the first of his two tries on 26 minutes, with the tourists having spent 10 minutes without prop Joe Marler after his brain fade no arms late shot on Nepo Laulala.

As that was going on Chiefs winger Toni Pulu was getting a stretcher sent his way, with his unfortunate run with injury continuing, this time his knee giving way in a tackle and seeing him off after just 12 minutes.

But the second half belonged all to the tourists, stamping their mark with a 54th minute penalty try awarded by Jerome Garces after the Chiefs brought down that dangerous rolling maul, with Mitchell Brown also sin binned for the ordeal.

With a two-converted try buffer, we then saw the men in red at their most expansive they've been on tour, punishing yet another stray Chiefs lineout, moving the ball wide one way then the other, with Nowell producing a mighty fine finish for his double.

More was to come when standout fullback Liam Williams carved up the middle of the park and offloaded to Jared Payne for a sentimental try on the turf he used to call home.

Having only conceded seven tries in six games is a fine record for the tourists this far, but the four tries scored will give the Lions a little strut in their step as they head toward Auckland.

Lions 34 (Jack Nowell 2, Jared Payne tries, penalty try; Dan Biggar 3 con, 2 pen) Chiefs 6 (Stephen Donald 2 pen) HT: 13-6.

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