THERE was no dream debut for Lions captain Peter O'Mahony after his side were soundly beaten by back to back world champions New Zealand where poor execution and ill discipline cost his side the chance of starting the series with a win.
His side now have a mountain to climb and only four times before have the Lions lost and opener and gone on to win the series.
The Cork Constitution blindside flanker was delighted with the amount of chances his side created in the first half but was disappointed that they weren’t able to finish off more of them.
The Lions showed what they are capable of when O’Mahony’s Ireland back-row partnera Sean O'Brien finished off a scintillating long-range move started deep in the Lions 22 by Liam Williams just before the break to leave the match evenly poised but the Lions otherwise lacked the killer touch their captain said.
"We had an excellent first half and created plenty of chances," Lions skipper O'Mahony said.
"We're happy with some of the opportunities we created but our discipline probably wasn't where it should have been at.
"We've got a huge Test coming up next week and we've got to recover now and regroup.
"We've been put under pressure by a seriously good side at times but we've got to be more clinical. We're making some good breaks and we've just got to finish them off.” Lions boss Warren Gatland suggested his side were caught off guard by New Zealand's tactics.
"They didn't come out and play champagne rugby," he said. "They were very direct coming really hard off nine and credit to them. They dominated us in that area. We were looking to get the upper hand up front and in fairness to them they got it today.
"We've got no excuses about the result because they deserved to win.
"But there are things we can work on particularly hard this week and definitely improve on taking the chances and being more accurate at the breakdown."