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The 15 best pictures from the first test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions

By Gareth Hanna

The British and Irish Lions were left licking their wounds after a heavy defeat in Auckland.

From the full range of emotions to an unfortunate tackle, every development was caught on camera.

It was a topsy-turvy game to say the least. A bright start went without score for the Lions, the All Blacks punished, then a stunning try from Sean O'Brien, but crucially, New Zealand rammed home their advantage.

Story of the match: All Blacks 30-15 British and Irish Lions: Clinical New Zealand punish patchy Lions 

A last gasp Rhys Webb score did give one final glimmer of hope for next week's second test. Speaking of which, former player Stephen Ferris had his own take on what the starting line-up should be.

Lions reaction: Rory Best can be the Lions' saviour against the All Blacks, says Stephen Ferris

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