The British and Irish Lions picked up their second victory of the 2017 tour of New Zealand, and their first against a Super Rugby side, as they downed the Crusaders 12-3 at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
"I think with Sexton and Farrell, having those two options along with Conor Murray who kicked superbly in that first half especially, it made a difference".
Warren Gatland's men answered all the questions and every critic with a win of substance and serious promise.
"You look at the players and you see them but you just stand there, and give them respect".
The Lions have played three times so far on tour.
The home crowd booed Farrell for kicking the ball out to signal the final whistle, but that will not bother the tourists one iota.
Playing Super Rugby sides is going to be great preparation for the Test matches for us.
It is not just that a core of the likely Test line-up hails from the double European champions, it is that the Lions have also produced a similar game plan to the English giants.
"Once you've got pre-season games under your belt and more training together, the better you'll get", he said.
"People have written the tour off already after two games".
Owen Farrell kicked all the visitors' points as a almost full-strength Lions side handed the Southern Hemisphere's leading club their first loss of the season.
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"They did not score a try, but, right now, that doesn't seem to matter".
But then the Crusaders knocked on trying to pulverise the visiting pack in driving off the line-out. Otherwise, quite simply, they will not win the games.
One concern for Gatland was the injuries suffered by Stuart Hogg and Jonathan Davies. The centre needed a moment of treatment, before being ordered from the field for a Head Injury Assessment short of the half hour mark.
That paired Sexton at fly-half and Farrell at 12, and the pair looked immediately comfortable in harness.
Owen Farrell took a couple of poor attacking options inside the attacking third, while Christiaan Stander dropped the ball cold with the line beckoning in the second half.
Farrell still kept some of the duties of first receiver, sharing those with Sexton and giving Gatland a preview of another possible test backline alignment - with the Irish pair of Murray and Sexton maintaining their established combination and Farrell taking a role in midfield.
Ben Te'o makes a break for the Lions. Yet all they could muster against the Lions was a solitary penalty goal.
And with outside back Liam Williams delivering a more composed performance on the wing and Leigh Halfpenny performing solidly against the Blues a few nights earlier, time is running out for Hogg, the favourite leading into the tour, to wear the fullback jersey in the Tests.
In the second half, Liam Williams dropped a hard pass metres short of the corner post and was also guilty, along with CJ Stander, of knocking the ball on when the Crusaders were in disarray.
The Lions hit the front foot again, with skipper Jones driving close to the line.