Ken Owens says Lions are still adapting to the speed of southern hemisphere opposition

The British and Irish Lions were beaten by the Blues on Wednesday morning in Auckland

Ken Owens

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British and Lions hooker Ken Owens says that his side are still coping with the speed of southern hemisphere opposition after their defeat to the Blues on Wednesday morning.

Warren Gatland's side lost in their second game of the tour at Eden Park (22-16) and Owens admitted there were parts of their game that need to be adjusted to suit the opposition.

"I think physically we've been right up there," he told Sky Sports. "Obviously the speed of the game has been slightly quicker. Some of us hadn't been playing for a couple of weeks but that's no excuse.

"We've to go out and hit the ground running. Physically we've been good and matched them. At the moment it's our error count that has let us down." 

He added: "We gave a lot of unforced penalties away. We put ourselves under pressure and committed back-to-back errors. Our contact area in the first or second phase was where we probably turned too much ball over."

Owens said he was happy to see improvements in their performance compared to last weekend's win over the Provincial Barbarians.

"Defensively, we've got some good line speed and put the Blues under a lot of pressure and turned the ball over.

"It's just a couple of slight errors that have cost us. Our attacking shape was a lot better than I thought it was on Saturday."

The Lions will now take on the Crusaders on June 10.

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