Wilkinson encourages creative freedom

England great Jonny Wilkinson believes the British and Lions need to be allowed to express themselves if they are to salvage the three-Test series.

Wilkinson believes the best way of hurting the All Blacks is by being bold on attack and encouraging the Lions' potential game breakers to showcase their flair and creativity on attack.

The spectacular length-of-the-field try late in the first half of the first Test eventually finished by Sean O'Brien and started by Liam Williams who decided to run the ball from his own half is one such example what Wilkinson is referring to.

"Tactically, the Lions need to be very strong in defence, making more solid tackles and executing as ruthlessly as possible, while in attack they need to let players go." 

Wilkinson toured New Zealand with the Lions in 2005, and he told the Press Association they will have to "play at an inspired level for the majority of [the second test]," if they are to keep their hopes in this year's series alive.

"They'll have to be incredibly excited by this game and going after what they want – it can't be a case of just trying to hold New Zealand out."

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