Robertson – ‘Farrell is world-class’

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Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has labelled British and Irish Lions fly-half Owen Farrell as 'world-class' following his side's 12-3 loss to the Lions.

The Lions not only defeated Robertson's side in Christchurch on Saturday but ensured they went tryless for the first time this season.

Farrell was a standout performer for the Lions and gelled with half-back partner Connor Murray as both players exploited the space behind the Crusaders' defence with accurate tactical kicking.

And Robertson has taken the time to praise both players' performances.

"Farrell's world class, he reads the game and sees space," Robertson told NZ Newswire.

"Our back three were out of position a couple of times and he exploited it really quickly.

"Murray was superb. He was just hanging it up there perfectly and we just didn't deal with that.

"They played Test rugby."

Meanwhile, Robertson admitted he was surprised his side didn't come away with any tries.

"It's not what we're used to here in Super Rugby, there's usually a few tries," Robertson said.

"But they found a way to win good, luck to them.

"They're going to be better for that game and they'll obviously take more confidence going into those Test matches."

However, Robertson does believe their forward-based game combined with tactical kicking is slighty predictable and something that All Blacks coach Steve Hansen would have planned for.

"We thought they were going to play that way and he (Hansen) knows they will," Robertson said.

"He'll have done a lot of homework and he'll have the All Blacks ready to turn them around a little bit better than what we did tonight."