Lions tour: Warren Gatland set to meet with Test referee about player 'blocking'

All Blacks flanker Jerome Kaino has rubbished Warren Gatland's claims that blocking runners is specifically a tactic used by New Zealand sides.

On Sunday, the Lions coach raised more eyebrows after claiming he'd meet referee Jaco Peyper before Saturday's first Test to discuss his concern of players being blocked illegally.

But Kaino said Kiwi teams weren't doing anything other countries weren't.

"I don't think it's just New Zealand teams," Kaino said.

"I think every other team they play fine margins within the rules."

Lions half Conor Murray has emerged as one of the team's key players in the kicking department.

In both games he's played, Murray's led the general play kicking states with his trademark box kick. In the Crusaders game alone, Murray had 10 more kicks than that of his first five partner.

Warren Gatland
Warren Gatland at Lions training Photo credit: Getty

Opposing teams have looked to counteract the kick by using recovering players to hold their line to force chasers to reroute their line to the ball.

And it's a tactic that's frustrated Gatland.

"The frustrating thing for us is the amount of blocking that's going on," Gatland said.

"It makes it difficult to complete attacking opportunities and situations."

Kaino hit back, saying if teams were vigilant, it was something that could be done effectively.

"If you can play to [the rules of the game] as well as you can and protect your jumper as much as you can I don't see any problem."

It's the second gripe in as many weeks from the Lions coach who last week suggested New Zealand teams were guilty of illegally scrummaging.

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