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Summary

  1. Final score: Lions 16-22 Blues
  2. Lions now won 1, lost 1 on 2017 tour
  3. Next up - the mighty Crusaders on Saturday
  4. Stander try, Halfpenny con & 3 pens for Lions
  5. R Ioane, SB Williams, West tries, Perofeta con, West pen & con for Blues

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Eden Park, Auckland

Lions had plenty of ball, but lacked a cutting edge. Blues had it in spades. Could be the story of the tour.

Bye for now

Blues 22-16 British and Irish Lions

Which all makes Saturday even bigger....

The Lions take on the Crusaders - who have not lost a match all season.

It has been dubbed the fourth Test.

It does not get any easier.

See you there.

Down, but not out

Blues 22-16 British and Irish Lions

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The Lions trudge off having copped their first defeat of the tour in their first real test.

There were plus points. They were better than Saturday. They dominated in the scrum and the line-out was solid.

But the skill and the fight in the Blues exposed what a mammoth task they have in front of them.

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'Great game from both teams'

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Former All Black scrum-half Piri Weepu enjoyed that one...

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'We will improve'

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Warren Gatland
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British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland speaking to Sky Sports: "It felt like there were lots of positives from today, our set-pieces were good but we will need to impress on the team the need to focus on the penalty concession. If we can halve that it will make a big difference.

"We need to stop the offload game - we know how dangerous that can be.

"That try on half-time was pretty unlucky. I think if we tighten up in a couple of areas to maintain that pressure we can get that momentum back.

"We have improved from the opening game with the time we have spent together and we will improve again before Saturday."

Blues 22-16 British and Irish Lions

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Leigh Halfpenny and Justin Tipuric stand dejected
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Dave Sommerville: Critics will pour firth the vitriol but this was a class Blues team feasting many All Blacks - and it's still early days

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Harlequins resident Kiwi Nick Evans says keeping the ball in hand is essential against New Zealand sides.

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

Well a tough tour just got tougher. The impact of the Lions losing to the Blues cannot be underestimated.

Winning is everything on these tours but a performance was a bare minimum. Unfortunately, and more so in the second half, we didn't get either.

Congratulations to the Auckland Blues on a fantastic game - a once in a lifetime opportunity was grabbed with both hands.

Under the tutelage of Tana Umaga we should've expected their team to be emotionally on the edge, well-drilled and powerful. They were all those things.

Saturday's game, against the best franchise of the era in the Crusaders this Saturday, is a must win. Not quite panic stations but the Lions need to get this tour back on track in Canterbury.

Ask Ugo your questions via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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British and Irish Lions players stand dejected after the tour match
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Ugo Monye - a tryscorer in the Lions' third Test win over the Springboks in 2009 - is giving us his view on today's defeat for Lions shortly.

You can get across and ask Ugo your questions via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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British and Irish Lions captain Ken Owens speaking to Sky Sports: "I think our discipline lost the game. We gave away a lot of penalties and our contact areas in first and second phase, especially in the first half. The speed of the game is quick, but I think we are matching them physically, our attacking shape was better than on Saturday.

We are disappointed, but we go on to the next game. We are going to have to be harsh on ourselves and get our tour back on track on Saturday.

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Tana Umaga high-fives his way out of his coaching box. Warren Gatland takes a long, hard look down onto the pitch.

The Lions were steady and assured, but the Blues moments of magic - Reiko Ioane to the fore - took the day.

The Lions will need some of that magic if they are to compete on this tour, never mind the Tests.

Steve Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby producer at Eden Park, Auckland

Blues players celebrate
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One of the locals just walked past with a simple message for the Lions. "All the best for the next one," he said. "That's our worst franchise."

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Ihaia West of the Blues celebates
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Overthrown!

Blues 22-16 British and Irish Lions

Penalty Lions!

I'm not sure why. Johnny Sexton is not asking either. He kicks to the corner.

Rolling maul over the line and the touchline conversion for victory?

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

That try is about main man Sonny Bill Williams again! Pure class to bisect the Lions defence from 60 metres out! Pace, skill and X-factor. The hallmarks of All Black rugby

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The Blues DO win the line-out.

And they are eating up the clock with slow one-out runners on their own 22m.

A minute left...

Blues 22-16 British and Irish Lions

Penalty Blues!

Joe Marler gets separated from his team-mates and is tied up by Akira Ioane.

The Blues boot up to their own 22m line.

Claim this line-out and it might be curtains for the Lions.

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Lions up to within 10 metres.

The Blues packing tight in defence around the fringes...

Converted try - Blues 22-16 Lions

Ihaia West (con West)

Ihaia West celebrates
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New Zealand teams aren't out of a match until they are back in the dressing rooms.

A delicious offload from Akira Ioane springs Sonny Bill Williams who canters in behind the red defence.

Then Ihaia West pops up on his shoulder, swerves past Leigh Halfpenny and slides under the posts.

The Lions have five minutes to score a try.

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The Lions forwards are right into this, loving their dominance in the close combat.

Courtney Lawes wins a wrestle, keeping the ball off the floor and turning over possession.

Maro Itoje leaps and pumps a fist in celebration, Kyle Sinckler chest bumps off him.

Now, to snuff this game out and take the W.

Penalty - Blues 15-16 Lions

Leigh Halfpenny

Leigh Halfpenny kicks a penalty
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You wouldn't want anyone else taking it.

Leigh Halfpenny blocks out the jeers and splits the sticks to put the tourists ahead.

Blues 15-13 British and Irish Lions

Joe Marler takes his opposite number apart at scrum time, sending the Blues scrum skidding back at a rate of knots.

Both he and Sinckler are keen to give the Blues front row a debrief on that set-piece.

More importantly, Leigh Halfpenny is lining up a kick, 40m out, to take the Lions back in front.

Eden Park is jeering as he prepares to strike...

Kyle Sinckler carries the ball
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The Blues are still managing the game well and looking the more threatening with ball in hand. Liam Williams' yellow card is another illustration of the Lions poor discipline throughout the game so far.

He probably got let off the hook on the first collision in the air but there can't be many arguments with the second one. Having said that the Lions tempo has been better since going down to 14 men so you have to credit the boys in terms of their belief and ability to react to the sin bin

A two-point ball game with 12 minutes to go. The Lions have to dig deep. This week has billed as a decisive one with the Crusaders on the horizon. which makes the closing exchanges of this game immense.

You can put your questions directly to Ugo as he is doing a Facebook Live with us after this match - stay tuned for more details!

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Eden Park, Auckland

Liam Williams ready to come back on. Lions won the sin-bin period 3-0.

Replacement

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Elliot Daly wallops a penalty kick up towards the Blues 10m line as Liam Williams trots back into the fray.

But Ken Owens' throw into the line is skew-whiff, wasting a prime attacking position.

That is Owens' last act. On comes Rory Best who takes the captaincy as well.

Penalty - Blues 15-13 Lions

Leigh Halfpenny

With a minute left on Liam Williams' sin-bin, the Lions are back to within a score of any kind.

Will a full complement get the job done for the tourists?

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Ken Owens takes a good flat ball. Rhys Webb snipes tight to the breakdown.

The Lions are keeping the ball and cranking up the pressure.

Penalty as Augustine Pulu fails to roll away.

Ken Owens asks Leigh Halfpenny to kick this one and try and reduce the debt to two points with 15 to go.

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Courtney Lawes is tackled
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The Lions trying to build some momentum in midfield as Kyle Sinckler and Courtney Lawes get a rumble on.

CJ Stander gets some go-forward as well.

But no sign of any gaps opening up in this Blues defence...

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The Blues with a scrum 25m out and central.

Rieko Ioane turns Jack Nowell inside out once again, before dragging another two Lions defender over the line with.

Fortunately for the Lions, the pass to the Blues wing was forward from Ihaia West.

I don't think this is the last time we are going to see Rieko Ioane on this tour.

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Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Eden Park, Auckland

Lions discipline is all over the place in the second half. Will cost them the game at this rate.

Sin-bin

Lions' Liam Williams

Matt Duffie of the Blues is tackled in the air by Liam Williams
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There is not a malicious fibre in Liam Williams' body but that is none-too bright.

Once again he goes up for an aerial challenge with Blues winger Matt Duffie. Once again he takes out his opposite number when second favourite to catch the ball.

Pascal Gauzere issues yellow and the Lions are right up against it with a little over 20 minutes to go.

Blues 15-10 British and Irish Lions

The Lions are recycling the ball well, churning out quick possession for Rhys Webb after good runs from Maro Itoje and Liam Williams.

But the Blues defence is not breaking down. Robbie Henshaw has to settle for a grubber into the Blues 22m when faced with a wall of Kiwis.

Blues 15-10 British and Irish Lions

Matt Duffie of the Blues is tackled in the air by Liam Williams
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Liam Williams gets a little over-eager as he flies up in pursuit of Johnny Sexton's precision bomb, taking out Blues winger Matt Duffie in the air.

Williams is all apologies, but the referee reverses the penalty advantage that the Lions had in their back pocket.

Blues grateful for that free shot at clearing their lines.

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

Jack Nowell ended the season as a try scorer in the final as Exeter won the Premiership, but he hasn't had the same sparkling touch in a red shirt.

His workrate can never be faulted but a couple of poor defensive reads and uncharacteristic unforced errors haven't allowed us to see the talent which we all know he possesses.

In general terms, whatever messages were delivered to the Lions at half-time weren't heeded. In the opening 15 minutes we've witnessed a boost in intensity for the Blues, who have had a try disallowed and enjoyed a monopoly on territory and possession.

The Lions need to get a foothold in the game. They must regain possession and keep hold of the ball!

Replacements

Blues 15-10 British and Irish Lions

Warren Gatland smashes glasses and breaks out the fresh legs.

Peter O'Mahony, Kyle Sinckler and Joe Marler are on in place in James Haskell, Dan Cole and Jack McGrath.

Penalty - Blues 15-10 Lions

Ihaia West

Over she goes.

Blues 12-10 British and Irish Lions

Augustine Pulu of the blues passes the ball
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Maro Itoje comes crabbing over the top of a ruck, knocking the ball out of the hands of Augustine Pulu.

Illegally though according to the referee.

Replacement Ihaia West - on for Stephen Perofeta - lines up the penalty kick.