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Lions suffer another loss in New Zealand

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 01:23

British and Irish Lions cast aside nine point lead to allow Otago Highlanders to come back

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SHOWS: DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND (JUNE 13, 2017)(TVNZ - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1. LIONS COACH WARREN GATLAND AND CAPTAIN SAM WARBURTON INTO NEWS CONFERENCE 2. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS COACH WARREN GATLAND SAYS: "We have probably shot ourselves in the foot haven't we with some turnovers and some penalties towards the end of the game, and have allowed them the opportunity to sneak it from us. So we are disappointed but there are some big moments, some key moments for us that we need to learn from. And to improve so that we are better next time that we take the field. I think the big lesson is that New Zealand sides keep playing for 80 minutes and they keep going for the full 80 minutes and that was probably the big learning that some of the players got from tonight." 3. WHITE FLASH 4. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS COACH WARREN GATLAND SAYS: "You know very very fine margins and they are the fine margins that we miss a penalty that Owen would normally kick every day and at the other end Marty Banks kicks a penalty and it is the difference between losing by a point and winning by a couple." 5. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS CAPTAIN SAM WARBURTON SAYS: "You know Gats alluded to it. There was a string of I think about four penalties and when you are giving away field position, 40, 50 yards each time it does, it hurts you. So I think if you look back I would not blame one instance but it's that there was a string of too many penalties that we gave away. And obviously you have got to give credit to the Highlanders, they forced them out of us but you know a lot of them you could look back and say there were avoidable." STORY: Another loss, another lesson for the British and Irish Lions on their tour of New Zealand coach Warren Gatland said after they squandered a nine-point lead to lose 23-22 to the Otago Highlanders on Tuesday (June 13). It was the second loss of their 10-match tour of New Zealand after they were also overhauled by the Auckland Blues in their 22-16 loss at Eden Park last Wednesday. The loss at Otago Regional Stadium, however, was a bigger blow for the tourists after they had impressed with a 12-3 win over the Canterbury Crusaders last Saturday and looked to have begun to get some momentum into their tour. "We shot ourselves in the foot with some turnovers and penalties in the last 10 minutes," Gatland told reporters in Dunedin. "There are some key moments to learn from. The big (lesson) is that New Zealand sides play for 80 minutes." Marty Banks won the game for the home side when he slotted a 74th minute penalty, however, two powerful scrums from their replacement front rowers had given them the field position for the flyhalf to seal the opportunity. The Lions had earlier failed to put the game away with the ultra-consistent Owen Farrell missing a penalty that would have given them a 25-20 lead with 12 minutes remaining. Gatland, however, said his side should have taken control of the match before then anyway. Lions captain Sam Warburton added he was disappointed his side had given away too many penalties, with referee Angus Gardner warning the Welshman that they could face a yellow card if they continued to transgress. The loss had also upset their momentum as they head into the clash with the Maori All Blacks in Rotorua on Saturday.

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Lions suffer another loss in New Zealand

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 01:23