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Video: Biggar will be a team man to maintain momentum

It is all about the team for Dan Biggar on this Tour to New Zealand and the Lions fly half cannot wait to play his part on Tuesday against the Highlanders.

“We win and lose as a 41, not a 23.”

The 2017 tourists arrive in Dunedin on a high after Saturday’s impressive victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch in their third match on Tour.

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Next up are the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday night and, with less than two weeks to go until the first Test against the All Blacks, momentum is key.

And Biggar – who makes his second start on Tour with compatriot Rhys Webb alongside him – is desperate to keep the ball rolling.

“I am really looking forward to the challenge, the boys have built a little bit of momentum last night and it is up to the rest of the squad to try and continue that,” he said.

“Alun Wyn (Jones) made a really good point the other day, we win and lose as a 41, not a 23. It is down to us now for Tuesday night to step up and produce a performance to keep it going.

“If we can build momentum into that first Test, then a winning camp tends to be a happy camp.

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“Performance level is high then if we can build on the last game it puts us in good stead.

“We are fully aware of the challenge of those three Tests, there is no bigger one in world rugby.

“But if we can take small steps then we will be full of confidence come that first Test.”

Biggar is in competition with both Owen Farrell and Jonathan Sexton for that No 10 jersey come the Test series.

But the 27-year-old Osprey does not quite see it that way, as the team try to gel in the quickest time possible.

“On Tuesday is a big chance for everyone to stake a claim. That is the aim for everyone in the starting XV is to put more pressure on the coaches,” he added.

“And that is easier if we come out as a winning team rather than not.

“Owen and Johnny are absolutely world-class tens, there is not getting away from that, and it is a tough ask for me to make up ground. Those two deserve to be that fraction ahead at the moment being brutally honest.

“It is a massive challenge for myself but I am not really looking at it, in terms of that, my outlook is to do well for the team, it is all about the team on this Tour rather than individuals.

“Everyone has had a start now and is looking to put their best foot forward, but my mindset is trying to do what I can right for the team.”

Under the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Wednesday, Biggar will go head to head with All Black Lima Sopoaga.

And Biggar is hoping that familiarity will be key with Webb alongside him as the Lions look to click their attacking game into gear.

“To play with Rhys who I have been with since age-grade is a big help, we were speaking earlier and it makes a difference in a team that have not played much together if the key positions have played a fair bit together with some understanding, it does make things a fraction easier,” he added.

“We want to play positive rugby and try and entertain and score some really good tries.

“We have to make sure we get our own house in order first, and then when it is on for us to play and shift the ball, which the track and stadium will allow us to do, then we have to make sure we are accurate.”

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