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Lions lose for second time on New Zealand tour

Lions lose for second time on New Zealand tour

In the bigger picture, the Lions will be bitterly disappointed to throw the game with the Highlanders away.

He said discipline, particularly late in the second half, and difficulty in coping with the Highlanders' kicking game led to a defeat in Dunedin which leaves the Lions with two wins and two losses after four games. He's penalised Cole for some reason, I think via the touch judge, but the second one was an obvious penalty.

The Dunedin-based Highlanders, lacking nine frontline players, set out to play the match at a frenzied pace and the Lions resistance to that style was fully tested.

But the fly-half made a mess of the exit strategy from the restart which put his side under huge pressure and handed the Lions with a scrum five metres from the try line.

Not numerous tourists will have boosted their Test chances, with Gatland set to name a near-full strength side to face the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua on Saturday.

Warren Gatland has admitted for the first time that some of the British & Irish Lions are failing to fulfil their potential in New Zealand.

Teams: Otago Highlanders: Richard Buckman, Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Teihorangi Walden, Tevita Li, Lima Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington, Luke Whitelock (C), Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Jackson Hemopo, Alex Ainley, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown.

Sopoaga reduced the margin to two with a penalty but the Lions were soon over for their third try through captain Sam Warburton, with Biggar's conversion making it 13-22.

The match-winning penalty kicked by Banks came off a giant Highlanders shove in the closing minutes, providing McLeod with his most satisfying moment of the contest.

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"We have to probably be a little more adaptable than we were".

Having put in a defensive masterclass to beat the Crusaders on Saturday, the Lions were desperate to show their attacking edge in attack with only two tries scored in three games.

"From the All Blacks' point of view, they want a hit out before they play us on Saturday so I'd like to think they will be pretty strong", Jenkins added.

Jonathan Joseph starred at outside centre - the Englishman's duking, unsafe runs creating attacking spark missing from the Lions' performance thus far.

The Lions showed attacking intent, with captain Sam Warburton among the try-scorers as he fights to secure his Test spot after a run of injuries.

The Lions replied with a gem of a try to centre Jonathan Joseph after a stymied lineout drive, evading Sopoaga's tackle to score.

Wasps' Elliot Daly had a long range penalty from his own half to try and snatch a result for the tourists but his valiant effort fell narrowly short of the posts.

That reduced the arrears to 22-20, and Owen Farrell missed a chance to give the Lions some breathing space with a penalty from out wide. "We watched how the Lions have been playing, they just keep coming wave after wave and the boys were just outstanding getting up and tackling and throwing their bodies into it".


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