Lions loss another lesson ahead of tests - Gatland

Waisake Naholo wants the Lions to add fixtures against other nations from 2021 onwards

One final push secured a famous win for the Highlanders, pipping the British and Irish Lions 23-22 in a thriller in Dunedin.

Lawes meanwhile will need to go through similar protocols to Davies to ensure he has not suffered a serious concussion, which rules him out of this weekend's match at a minimum and, given he suffered a serious blow to the head, is unlikely to play in next Tuesday's match against the Chiefs.

The failure to capitalise on their try-scoring opportunities has been the Lions' greatest shortcoming so far on tour, but Warburton, Tommy Seymour and Jonathan Joseph crossed against the Highlanders.

"That gave them way too much territory and momentum and they scored off that eventually".

The Lions now have a 2-2 record in New Zealand after arriving in the country two weeks ago.

"We are looking forward to the challenge of the New Zealand Maori on Saturday".

It only took the Lions two minutes into the second half to score their second try of the game when Seymour brilliantly read a cross-field kick from Sopoaga and jumped ahead of Malakai Fekitoa to pluck the ball in the air and race away from 45 metres. "It was a good tight match but if we could go back in time, I think there's a few things we'd have changed out there". "Gats will pick the team on the Saturday, then the Tuesday, then the Saturday and we'll see how it goes but I don't think anyone likes losing".

13 June 2017; A general view of the action during the match between the Highlanders and the British & Irish Lions at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. As assistant coach Andy Farrell said in the week, the Lions made a pact before flying out not to be dragged down by negative factors they can not control.

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Far from starting to panic, the Lions got their hands on the ball and they launched the next three attacks but each time they failed to look after the ball properly and gave it away.

"There were a couple of scrums, a couple of big moments at lineout time and we have missed three points, they have kicked three points, and that has been the difference of the game". We have to probably be a little more adaptable than we were and yeah, it's frustrating.

Tour captain Warburton had a less than impressive first half but popped up with a close-range try after the break. Biggar looped around his center and passed to Joseph, who burst through a hole in the Highlanders' defense.

Sam Warburton crossed shortly afterwards to put his team nine points up.

Elliot Daly attempted to return fire but his long-range penalty effort fell just short, before centre Jonathan Joseph's knock-on after the siren dashed hopes of a last-gasp comeback.

"Everyone was outstanding. We wanted to play at speed and we converted that into pressure", Highlanders captain Luke Whitelock said.

The Lions got high, let them drive across us, weren't quite as aggressive as they needed to be and unfortunately it looks pretty bad then when they trample over the top of you.

The Lions had a serious injury setback when they lost lock Courtney Lawes to a head injury.

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