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Lions must stop Sonny Bill Williams to beat the All Blacks : Webb

British & Irish Lions Rhys Webb during the tour match at the Toll Stadium. Photo: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

The British and Irish Lions must stop "monster" centre Sonny Bill Williams to stand any chance of beating New Zealand, according to Wales scrum half Rhys Webb.

Williams conjured a magisterial break and offload to send Ihaia West haring home for the winning try as the Blues floored the Lions 22-16 at Eden Park.

Head coach Warren Gatland admitted "one moment of magic" was all it took to unpick the Lions, and Webb accepts the tourists will have their work cut out to contain Williams in the fast-approaching Tests against the All Blacks.

He's a monster; everyone knows what he can do," said Webb, of former rugby league star and ex-boxing champion Williams. He got them over the gain line. He's got that class about him.

We know he's going to be a threat in a couple of weeks' time so it's good to play against him now. He's special, he's an athlete, he's a world-class individual.

He's a big-game player, he's world class, he showed a couple of glimpses of what he can do. Obviously he's been out for a while with injury, he's coming back to a bit of form now. We'll need to be on the money to stop him in a couple of weeks' time.

Our defence has got to be strong, we've got to be physical, and obviously track that offload as well. He can throw these unbelievable offloads from nowhere.

If you try to tackle him high (to stop the offload) he might sit you down and bounce you. We need to be alert at all times. And be disciplined.

– Rhys Webb, British and Irish Lions scrum half

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