Despite the defeat by the Blues on Wednesday, there were genuine signs of improvement and cohesion from the Lions, especially in the set piece and defence.
But to beat New Zealand teams they have to score points, and a total of 29 in 160 minutes so far on tour is insufficient.
The selection of Farrell, and the cut and thrust of the likes of Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North, should all help the attacking game, but if the Lions struggle to create or finish opportunities they will be beaten by a Crusaders side yet to lose in 2017.
A second loss in a week would crank the pressure up on the tourists; conversely a win would be a significant statement with the Test series a fortnight away.
‘We’ll be preparing ourselves to have an aerial battle’
Lions head coach Warren Gatland: “The aim was always to start everyone in the first three matches and this selection ensures that we achieve this.”
Crusaders fullback Israel Dagg: “Northern hemisphere teams, they love a kick, so we will be preparing ourselves to have an aerial battle.”
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