British and Irish Lions: Rob Howley pleased with Stuart Hogg's performance

Last Updated: 11/06/13 2:43pm

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Rob Howley speaks to Warren Gatland following the Lions' win over Combined Country XV

Rob Howley speaks to Warren Gatland following the Lions' win over Combined Country XV

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British and Irish Lions coach Rob Howley hails Stuart Hogg's performance against the Combined Country XV and says he will get further opportunities at fly-half.

Hogg, whose favoured position is full-back, was handed the No 10 jersey after Owen Farrell and Jonny Sexton were ruled out through injury, and guided the Lions impressively during the 64-0 romp.

"Stuart has got natural talent," said Howley. "He's a great footballer, he's got great feet and hasn't a bad kicking game either.

"Stuart has got natural talent. He's a great footballer, he's got great feet and hasn't a bad kicking game either. I thought he facilitated our centres and backline particularly well."
Rob Howley

"I thought he facilitated our centres and backline particularly well. He played nice and flat and gave opportunities to Jamie (Roberts), Brian O'Driscoll and the outside backs.

"We're delighted with Stuart. He can play at fly-half and he'll get other opportunities as well."

Despite the comprehensive victory, Howley was unhappy with the Lions' second half display as a number of handling errors crept into their game.

"We're content with the first half but a little frustrated with the second," he said. "There was quite a bit of dew on the pitch but there were too many handling errors for our liking, particularly in the opposition 22."

Howley admitted the Lions' lineout is a source for frustration but believes it will improve with time.

"I think Graham (Rowntree) is a little frustrated with the lineout," he said. "The time we have as coaches to concentrate on aspects of our game is very short and has to be concise. That's only going to get better."

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