Four-match ban Sonny Bill Williams | NZ Lions Series 2017

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Source by From the disappointment of last week to the high of a victory over the All Blacks on their home turf, Sonny Bill Williams’ four-match suspension, and the prospect of a few days of R and R in Queenstown, life must feel pretty good for Warren Gatland right now.

The British and Irish Lions coach joked after watching his side level the series with their 24-21 victory in Wellington that his side would be skiing and getting up to all sorts here, but the truth is slightly more mundane.

He intends to take their minds off the game for a short while at least ahead of a potentially epic series decider at Eden Park on Saturday, and he will do so in the knowledge that his All Blacks counterpart Steve Hansen has a few issues to think about in terms of his midfield.

With Williams out after pleading guilty to his shoulder charge against Anthony Watson in the first half at Westpac Stadium, Hansen must decide whether to start with Malakai Fekitoa, Ngani Laumape, or Jack Goodhue against the Lions at Eden Park. Anton Lienert-Brown is likely to keep his place as the other midfielder.

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