Former All Blacks coach Laurie Mains has predicted a 3-0 mauling for the Lions in their Test series against New Zealand.
And Mains believes that Lions boss Sir Clive Woodward faces "more questions than answers" as he contemplates his line-up for next Saturday's first Test in Christchurch.
The Lions' prospects of defeating New Zealand have been dismissed in many quarters, with Mains joining their army of critics.
"The brutal reality is his (Woodward's) team have done nothing in the first five games of the tour for me to rethink my 3-0 'blackwash' prediction," said Mains.
"In fact, the Lions have been more disappointing than I first thought - and that's saying something.
" They are one-dimensional. They play a pressure game and look to score off mistakes. That is Woodward's game plan in a nutshell.
"The only part of their game to impress is their defence. They want teams to run at them in their own half so they can force mistakes.
"Nothing else in their game is significant. They tried to move the ball against Wellington and Otago, but a lack of skill and innovation cost them tries.
" Jonny Wilkinson's drop-goal attempt in the first 20 seconds at Wellington confirmed their desperation to get points every time they are in the opposition's 22. No doubt, Woodward has dreamt a first Test win. The only certainty we know about is that the Lions' score will be divisible by three!"
Mains also dismissed the popular theory that New Zealand's recent 91-0 victory over Fiji in Auckland was a pointless exercise.
"There has been talk about the lack of tough preparation for the All Blacks," he added.
"Even though the Fiji game was just a practice, it would have given the All Blacks confidence.
"They are professional players who can turn on and off to the intensity of the game - as they do in the Super 12 and NPC ( National Provincial Championship).
"Against France last year, they showed enough for us to be confident they will know the intensity needed for Christchurch.
"The All Blacks also have something the Lions don't - confidence. If there was an opportunity in the first two minutes, they would take it.
"The Lions don't have that ability - and I don't think they have the ability to turn over this All Blacks team."
* The British & Irish Lions will face six Highlanders Super 12 players including captain Clarke Dermody when they take on Southland tomorrow.
Loosehead prop Dermody has recovered from an ankle injury to lead a side in Invercargill which includes fellow Highlanders Hoani Macdonald, Hale T-Pole, Paul Miller, Jimmy Cowan and David Hall.
Hua Tamariki and wing Watisoni Lotawa will make their first- class debuts for the province.
Another familiar surname in the line-up is Muliaina, but it will not be All Blacks full-back Mils turning out but his older brother Faolua.
Richard Apanui returns from a season in France to reclaim the fly-half jersey.
SOUTHLAND: J Wilson; M Harrison, B Milne, F Muliaina, W Lotawa; R Apanui, J Cowan; C Dermody (capt), J Rutledge, A Dempsey, H Macdonald, D Quate, H Tamariki, H T-Pole, P Miller. Replacements: J Murch, D Hall, R Logan, J Wright, A Clarke, M Petre, P Te Whare.