WELLINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) - The British and Irish Lions continue their tour of New Zealand against the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin on Tuesday, where Scottish winger Tommy Seymour is confident the side’s stuttering attack will finally click into gear.
The Lions scored all their points with the boot when they out-muscled the Canterbury Crusaders 12-3 on Saturday, the impressive display following two lacklustre tour outings in which the visitors combined for just two tries.
Seymour, however, is confident that a contest against an expansive Highlanders side combined with the gradual improvement of the touring party will enable the Lions to finally start putting more points on the board ahead of the All Blacks tests.
“We would be lying if we said we weren’t a little bit disappointed that we hadn’t crossed the whitewash a few more times,” the 28-year-old Glasgow Warriors wing told reporters in Dunedin.
“It is only so long you want to go creating those opportunities and not finishing them off, you can only be pleased for so long about creating them. It is no good having them and not converting,” he added.
“But it’s a lot easier to go finishing off those final passes, than it is to go from creating nothing.”
Seymour starts in the back three with Jack Nowell and Jared Payne against the 2015 Super Rugby champions after coach Warren Gatland opted for an entirely new starting lineup, and the Scot is looking forward to facing All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo.
“That’s the theme for this trip, there is a lot of talent in the back three over here and certainly Naholo fits right into that,” he added.
”He is a fantastic player and a very tricky opponent but one we are looking forward to.
“These are the challenges both as a team and individually that we knew we were going to face and it’s an exciting opportunity for myself and us as a backline to try to go out and hopefully get the better of them.”
Following the Highlanders match, the Lions have two more tour games prior to the first of three tests against the All Blacks in Auckland on June 24. (Writing by John O‘Brien in Singapore; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)