GAME FOUR

NZ Rugby World - - The 2017 British & Irish Lions Tour Of New Zealand -

JUNE 13, FORSYTH BARR STA­DIUM, DUNEDIN HIGHLANDERS 23 BRI­TISH & IR­ISH LI­ONS 22

Overview

Hav­ing been able to se­lect Lima Sopoaga, Liam Colt­man and Waisake Na­holo – who were all re­leased by the All Blacks – the Highlanders were able to put a strong team on the park.

Still, for all that they had the per­son­nel, af­ter 50 min­utes there were slip­ping out of the con­test. The Li­ons had gone 22­10 ahead af­ter Tommy Sey­mour had picked off a cross­kick in­ter­cep­tion.

The vis­i­tors had the game just where they needed it with 25 min­utes to go and should have forced home their ad­van­tage. But the Highlanders found an­other gear.

Their bench con­trib­uted, as did Marty Banks, and they started to dom­i­nate the Li­ons for­wards. They be­gan to win penal­ties and with that, en­joy more ter­ri­tory. Af­ter a driv­ing maul try saw them go only two be­hind, they fol­lowed up with a huge scrum that won them a kick­able penalty.

Banks nailed it and that was the game – the gen­eral de­fen­sive ef­fort and spe­cific work of the pack in the phys­i­cal ex­changes win­ning the day.

Man of the Match LUKE WHITE­LOCK

[Highlanders] The youngest White­lock brother had a huge night as cap­tain. He car­ried hard and made an enor­mous num­ber of telling and memorable tack­les. It was an abra­sive and in­spir­ing per­for­mance.

What They Said

“It’d be right up there but I don’t think it would top the Su­per Rugby fi­nal. That was such a long time coming and it was a child­hood dream to win that.” – Highlanders First-Five Marty Banks

Scor­ers

Highlanders 23 [W. Na­holo, L. Colt­man tries; L. Sopoaga con, 2 pens; M. Banks con, pen] Bri­tish & Ir­ish Li­ons 22 [J. Joseph, T. Sey­mour, S. War­bur­ton tries; D. Big­gar 2 cons, pen]

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