Known as the "Paekakariki Express" Cullen was considered to be one of the most potent running fullbacks rugby has ever seen. With 46 tries scored in 58 Tests, Cullen is the 9th-highest try-scorer in international rugby.Read more exclusive columns
Christian Cullen: Lions are close to clicking
Christian Cullen 26 Jun 2017 Getty Images
The Lions were deep in behind the All Blacks when Davies was hauled down. The defence had not had a chance to regroup, but the Lions were too cute and went blind when they needed to go wide immediately. By the time they did, Ben Te'o then attempted to go himself instead of drawing the overlap. If you are going to beat the All Blacks, you cannot bomb those gilt-edged opportunities as you don't get many.
Gatland will have learned a lot from the first 40 minutes of that test alone. He will not be panicking. His game plan was effective. The Lions were able to suck the All Blacks into the middle of the park and then attack the fringes with great success.
The starting team Gatland names later this week will have changes. It would be a shock not to see Maro Itoje get the nod in the second row and I wouldn't be surprised if Alun Wyn Jones is omitted entirely given he was sideways after only 20 minutes.
Sexton likes to stand flat and attack the line. He has shown some nice touches on this tour and would ask different questions of the All Blacks. A fresh Te'o coming off the bench gives the Lions added power in the closing moments. Gatland could easily consider adding CJ Stander to his list of finishers for that same reason.
Tactically speaking, Hansen will not be wanting to change a lot outside of tidying up their defensive structure. The All Blacks will be watching to see if the Lions stack more bodies in the short channels and if they do, then they will look to shift wider earlier. Otherwise, it will be more of the same brute force.
STATCHAT | With 18 carries, #AllBlacks skipper Kieran Read made more carries than any other player in the first #NZLvBIL Test.#LionsNZ2017 pic.twitter.com/nBquTSduJP— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) June 25, 2017