4 Jun 2013

Lions must turn the other cheek, says Gatland

12:12 pm on 4 June 2013

The British and Irish Lions have been warned to turn the other cheek and stay disciplined after arriving in Australia for their 125th anniversary tour.

The coach Warren Gatland underlined the importance of the Lions keeping their cool in spite of any provocation after young first five eighth Owen Farrell lashed out in their 59-8 win over the Barbarians in Hong Kong.

Farrell was penalised for retaliating to an off-the-ball elbow by hooker Schalk Brits, his Saracens club-mate, before the penalty was overturned and the South African sin-binned after his cheap shot was replayed on the big screen.

Gatland was sympathetic to the five-eighth considering the circumstances but stressed he took a dim view of any foul play that could cost his team in the three-Test series against the Wallabies.

Brits was given a three-week suspension for the hit and will miss the first three English Premiership games of the 2013/14 championship because he has no more matches this season.