‘Step in right direction’ – Farrell

British and Irish Lions fly-half Owen Farrell says his side took "another step in the right direction" after their win over the Crusaders.

The English playmaker, who switched to centre in the match following an injury to Jonathan Davies, was in formidable form in Christchurch.

He played alongside Jonathan Sexton for a large chunk of the game but it was his combination with Conor Murray that stood out on Saturday.

Looking ahead to future matches, Farrell was confident they had laid a platform following this hard-fought 12-3 victory to improve their game.

"I thought we caused them some problems at times and hopefully in the games coming up now we will be a bit more clinical and be able to finish a few more of them off. But it's another step the right direction," he told Sky Sports before addressing how the squad can get better.

"Obviously it takes time to get used to each other. We've just got to make sure we put that work in not just on the field, not just the training field but 24/7. It's better again so we've got to look at the positives as well as the work ons but these (the Crusaders) are a quality side. They're not going to give tries away so I thought performance wise it was good."

He added: "I thought the boys at line-out time controlled the tempo really well. We put them under pressure. They're a team that can hurt you from anywhere so to back it up with some good defence was brilliant"