Big blow as Hogg's tour is over

Lynette Rowe
June 14, 2017

"I'm gutted to be leaving the Tour at this stage", Hogg said.

STUART HOGG is flying home from the Lions tour after a doctor warned he could go BLIND if he played on.

Hooker Liam Coltman crossed the whitewash after a rolling maul to set up a tense final 20 minutes.

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

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. The weekend's challenging clash against a strong New Zealand Maori lineup may now become pivotal the Lions' test buildup as coach Warren Gatland unveils his first-string XV.

The southern men opened the try-scoring through All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo who had a stunning game from start to finish.

"We [gave away] a couple of scrum penalties that were disappointing".

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"It's massively frustrating. We managed to build a positive lead, we were in a good position, playing some good stuff, but we let ourselves down by not closing the game out", said Biggar.

"I think if we could go back in times there were a few things we would have changed about that which hopefully would have seen us come out on the better end of the scoreboard".

The British & Irish Lions were made fight tooth and nail against Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, and they needed every break, big performance and piece of craftiness they could get. We were a little bit inaccurate at times. Highlanders coach Scott MacLeod on whether Waisake Naholo had played his way into the All Blacks side: "I'd like to hope so, we hold high expectations of Waisake as he does for himself".

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. Conversions: Lima Sopoaga, Marty Banks.

Elliot Daly missed with a late, long-range effort for the Lions.

The Highlanders may only be ranked fourth of the five New Zealand franchises in this year's tournament but the 2015 Super Rugby champions have won 10 of their 14 matches and are assured of at least a playoff berth.

The Wales and Ospreys player returned from a head injury to produce a solid display against the Highlanders, despite the Lions' defeat.

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