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Plenty left in Lions' pack - Vunipola

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    18 Jun 2017     Getty Images

After the 32-10 win over the Maori All Blacks, a win totally dominated by the Lions pack, Vunipola said every game was another step up for the pack.
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"Whenever we take the field it is an opportunity to go out there and impose ourselves and I thought we did that at times with our driving maul and our scrum so we are very pleased with that," he said.

Vunipola, who shared in the Lions' triumph in Australia in 2013 said the first Test would be another step up for the side.

Their effort on Saturday was dominated by the wet conditions.

"We needed to try and play the territory and play them as well as we could. Our 9 [halfback] and 10 [first five-eighths] put us in the right areas and it was up to us to try and put the squeeze on them and the scrum I felt at times we had the ascendancy. They were a good pack and it was a good old battle out there," he said.

But behind it all the attention was on the Test series, that was what they were here to win, he said.

"We know what the plan for this tour is, to come out here and challenge the All Blacks and win the Test series.

"We knew that we had to learn quickly on the job and gel as a team quickly. We knew these games would be tough and there would be disappointments along the road," he said.

But the who tour was based on being prepared for the Test series and Tuesday's game against the Chiefs was another opportunity to ram home the message to the All Blacks that the Lions are coming.

However, Vunipola believes there is still room to develop more of a clinical edge to be at full effect against the All Blacks.

"We talked in the first half that we were putting ourselves in the right area, and then letting them off the hook with silly penalties.

"We talked about getting down there and putting our foot on the throat, and part of that was the set-piece, being more reliant on lineout and scrums.

"The scrum is pretty simple, whoever pushes harder wins. We knew that coming down, but we had to adapt a little bit and we are looking forward to the challenge coming," he said.