What improvements do the Lions need to make to win the series?
The other point to consider is, throughout this tour, Gatland has put the focus squarely on the test series.
Jordie Barrett, 20, will make his first Test after going on as a replacement against Samoa, being rewarded for blistering Super Rugby form with the Hurricanes this year, and he is ready to embrace the challenge of becoming an All Blacks full-back.
THE LIONS FIND themselves in a position many predicted was beyond their reach, heading into the final Test against the All Blacks with the series on the line.
"However, I think this All Blacks team at the moment is probably one of the best teams to have played the game, so if the Lions do win at the weekend it will be one of the biggest upsets in worldwide rugby".
Scotland came within seconds of shifting their valiant losers tag at the last World Cup, when only a refereeing blunder prevented Cotter's side from taking their place in the semi-finals against Argentina. And in making those hits, it becomes much more hard for them to contest the ensuing breakdown.
Naturally, once the gap was established‚ the chasing pack started closing it. Ireland and England‚ in particular‚ are close. "We'd also like to congratulate Jordie on making his first Test start in what will be a very memorable occasion for him".
There are nerves among the Kiwi rugby family too, after the All Blacks let last weekend's opportunity to seal the series slip, Sonny Bill Williams' first-half red card costing them as the Lions made a late surge to grab victory.
That allowed the All Blacks to stay in the game as a slew of penalties flowed their way.
The Lions did just about deserve their victory.
The All Blacks were a man down‚ but on the balance of the two Tests‚ the Lions are rightfully at 1-1 in the series.
Explaining his own choices, relaxed New Zealand boss Hansen praised Barrett Junior, saying: "He's very good in the air and he's also a good defender".
Gatland dangling a juicy carrot in front of the All Blacks means that he is backing his defence to keep New Zealand's attacking threats at bay, but it's always a big gamble poking the bear. It's all on the home team.
Lock Maro Itoje has transformed in New Zealand from the baby of the British & Irish Lions camp into a cult hero who fans believe can inspire a historic Test series win over the All Blacks. They particularly missed him in Wellington and his ability to see space and exploit it.
"Obviously, we are still hurt from last weekend, and that can be used as fuel". Injuries have forced backline reshuffles and allowed doubt where none previously existed. We know we've stressed the All Blacks at times and scored some great tries.
Jones was vast that night, he made 13 tackles and 12 carries, more, on both counts, than anyone else in the team. Centre Malakai Fekitoa comes into the side, on the bench, to fill the void left by Laumape.
"Both of them have pulled the jersey on before so they know what is happening", Hansen said of Barrett and Laumape.
"When you play against the All Blacks, you try to stop all their threats and you pick a team to do that, but we have just concentrated on ourselves and our game, and going out and doing what we've been doing and what's been successful for us".