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Summary

  1. Full-time score: Lions 32-10 Maori All Blacks
  2. Lions have now won three, lost two on tour of New Zealand
  3. Penalty (automatic 7 pts), Itoje tries, Halfpenny 6 pens & 1 con
  4. Messam try, McKenzie con & pen for Maori
  5. Lions have called up six new players to join squad

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By Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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Until next time...

So that's five down, one to go as the battle for a Test spot hots up and the anticipation of facing the world champions builds.

This time next week we'll know whether the Lions can stand up to the all-conquering All Blacks.

It's the Chiefs up next for the tourists on Tuesday, before the spotlight of the first Test on Saturday. Join us for both from 07:30 BST - see you then!

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Nearly time for the main event...

Maori All Blacks 10-32 British and Irish Lions

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at the Rotorua International Stadium

The Lions' template is clear, but will it be enough?

Won't have to wait long to find out. But this was a huge - and essential win - ahead of the main event next Saturday.

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Neil Leverett: don't think @lionsofficial should get carried away. Tight game before Kerr-Barlow binned. Struggling before

Robin Warnock: what a stand in to have Johnny Sexton superb but the Haka is a thing of beauty

Dell and Russell join the party

It's official - Scotland duo Allan Dell and Finn Russell have been called up to join the Lions following Scotland's win over Australia earlier on Saturday.

They join four Welshman - Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill and Gareth Davies - who were added to the touring party earlier today.

What does today say about the Test series?

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

If the Lions can bottle this gameplan, allied with all the other key ingredients needed in international rugby, they can win the Test series against New Zealand.

In saying all that, as impressive as tonight's victory was, you just know they'll have to be 10 or 20% better next weekend at least in order to win!

To win 32-10 against an emotional and very talented New Zealand Maori team is not to be underestimated. The Maori were not at their very best, but the Lions made them look that way. Roll on next Saturday!!!!

We dominated things - Gatland

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Lions coach Warren Gatland was impressed with his side's performance, but maintains there are still places to play for in the Test team.

"It was pretty good," Gatland told Sky Sports. "If you look at territory and possession we dominated things. A couple of stupid penalties in the first half, but we managed the game well and squeezed the life out of them.

"We've been guilty of putting ourselves under pressure but we got some go forward - even the try they scored was a lucky, speculative kick through.

"We're benefiting from the experience of playing the quality of sides we are."

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Who impressed Ugo?

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

There were so many positives from today - not just the effective gameplan but also many good individual performances. With the injury concern around Owen Farrell it was important for Johnny Sexton to step up today, and that he did.

The fly-half looked a threat with ball in hand, challenging the Maori defensive line, and he showed lovely distribution and a strong kicking game. Sexton was not alone though.

Open-side flanker Sean O'Brien was very good again, giving Warren Gatland a selection headache ahead of the first Test - does captain Sam Warburton play ahead of the Irishman?

George Kruis was imperious in the line-out again, but offers so much more than that. Taulupe Faletau was busy and industrious, and Ben Te'o is nailed on to start at 12 in my opinion - he has made more line breaks than any other Lions player.

Leigh Halfpenny was superb from the tee and Conor Murray once again was just brilliant in the wet conditions. And then there was the powerful front row providing a penalty try. They were very impressive as a unit.

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'Lions pass test with ease'

Maori All Blacks 10-32 British and Irish Lions

Ross Harries

Scrum V presenter at the Rotorua International Stadium

It was billed as the unofficial fourth Test, and it’s one the Lions ultimately passed with ease.

They may only have scored two tries, but they delivered a performance of controlled power that pummelled the Maori into submission.

The scrum proved a potent weapon – rewarding the Lions with a penalty try, and paving the way for Maro Itoje’s score.

The Maori had looked threatening in the first half, crossing for the game’s first try after a defensive error from George North allowed Liam Messam to dive over.

But they were kept scoreless in the second half, as the Lions tightened the vice - Sean O’Brien and Maro Itoje among a number of those furthering their Test claims.

Leigh Halfpenny was another – his 20 points giving the tourists the most comfortable of cushions on the scoreboard.

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

A win was imperative and a performance to be proud of was much needed. Thankfully the Lions produced both this morning with a record win against the New Zealand Maori.

The Saturday team is unbeaten on tour and today's performance will have given them a huge shot of belief a week before the first Test. The fundamentals and foundations of the gameplan for the Lions were there for everyone to see, namely All Blacks boss Steve Hansen, who was an interested spectator in the stands.

Physicality, set-piece, line-speed, workrate and a top-notch kicking game are the hallmarks of a strong Warren Gatland team, and this Lions are not going to deviate from what has brought him plenty of success before.

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Jennifer Harris: Well done Lions. Looking more positive ahead of next weekend.

Andrew Priestly: George North's stock has been on the wane since the last Lions tour. It'll be very interesting to see of he is given a Test start.

Lowheader: Be wary BIL fans and commentators ...... your cricket counterparts were OTT with praise right up to the game against Pakistan

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'We're improving every game'

Maori All Blacks 10-32 British and Irish Lions

England's Maro Itoje crossed for a try in the second half, and the talented lock says the Lions camp is getting stronger by the day.

"I feel as if we are improving every game," he said. "Our line-out and scrum are getting better. The team cohesion is getting tighter, getting stronger.

"The boys put an incredible amount of effort into the detail around the line-out - the work they do is top notch."

'It's starting to get serious now'

Maori All Blacks 10-32 British and Irish Lions

Here's a bit of reaction from Peter O'Mahony, who skippered the Lions today.

"A huge day for me personally and anyone who put any effort in in my family, dad arrived yesterday, so it was good timing - a huge honour to picked for the Lions but to captain them, I'm hugely proud," he told Sky Sports.

"I thought the scrum and line-out were good on both sides of the ball, we played the weather conditions well. It's starting to get very serious now."

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Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at the Rotorua International Stadium

The Crusaders and the Maori, stuffed with world-class game-breakers, have managed 13 points over 160 minutes of rugby.

That is very encouraging for the Lions.

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Full-time

Maori All Blacks 10-32 British and Irish Lions

That's it! Full-time at the Rotorua International Stadium. A good hit out for the Lions and plenty of points on the board to boot.

Stick with us for the reaction, and get on over to the BBC Sport Facebook page to catch Ugo Monye live.

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Ben Te'o loves a tear up. Especially when he's ball in hand, fronting up to the opposition defence.

This time he takes on the Maori All Blacks from just outside his own 22 and sends bodies sprawling in his wake.

Ben Te"o of the Lions
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Maori All Blacks 10-32 British and Irish Lions

Sam Warburton is told his side should be "very careful" or things will escalate.

It's a Maori All Blacks scrum and they have a little bit of momentum in these closing stages.

Good defence again from the Lions, though. They win the scrum - that forward pack has really earned its money today.

Maori All Blacks 10-32 British and Irish Lions

Can the Maori All Blacks put a marker on this game in the final few minutes? They're looking to put a marker on Dan Biggar and Sean O'Brien as a few tempers boil over.

It looks full-back James Lowe was involved for the hosts, and was there an elbow thrown somewhere in there?

The Lions would do well to not get caught up in that. Ben Te'o is still having his say, before he's dragged away. Smart move.

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Anthony Watson picks and goes again but bounces off a Maori All Blacks-shaped wall.

Have the hosts snaffled that in the breakdown? No, it's knocked on. Greg Laidlaw gets the put in.

It's Scotland to Wales as Laidlaw flings a pass to Dan Biggar and eventually England's Elliot Daly has the ball in his grasp - good hands.

But we're back to where we started. Another scrum. This time for the hosts.

Greig Laidlaw of the Lions is tackled
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Gaj Wallooppillai: Lions haven't been firing on all cylinders and should have put more points on the board but a good performance regardless

Dennis Ethan: Leigh Halfpenny >> Owen Farrell

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The Rotorua International Stadium has fallen a little quiet, although that might be because of the pouring rain rather than the scoreboard...

And there goes Ben Te'o, soaring through a gap and desperately looking for support which eventually arrives in the shape of Greg Laidlaw after the hosts have regrouped.

The Lions still have it. But Leigh Halfpenny has to go to ground to take a sloppy pass.

Ben Te"o of the Lions makes a break
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Penalty - Maori All Blacks 10-32 Lions

Leigh Halfpenny, 70 mins

Leigh Halfpenny, cool as you like, strokes another three points over to take the Lions beyond the 30 mark.

Ten minutes to go and they look to have a confidence-boosting win wrapped up. But we thought that in mid-week too...

Maori All Blacks 10-29 British and Irish Lions

Anthony Watson collects a pass and attempts to wriggle his way through a sea of black shirts from a standing start.

It's whisked along the line with Ken Owens and Taulupe Faletau joining the attack, forcing the Maori All Blacks to give away another penalty.

Maori All Blacks 10-29 British and Irish Lions

The Lions defence has been on the ball today. They're up quickly again, led by Maro Itoje, to close out any All Blacks threat.

Dan Biggar is on for Johnny Sexton and off goes Conor Murray for Greg Laidlaw.

Maro Itoje of the Lions catches the ball
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Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at the Rotorua International Stadium

Sam Warburton on for the final quarter. Last chance to play his way into the Test team, or will Warren Gatland look to play him and the excellent Sean O'Brien in the same back row?

Sam Warburton of the Lions charges upfield
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John McEnerney: some of the performances will give WG a selection headache. O'Brien ahead of Sam W & POM defo in with a shout of a Test berth

Megan Pierce: I don't really understand the surprise that Halfpenny can pull it out of the bag, has done it time and time again.

Danie Lewis: Surprised wingers George North and Anthony Watson haven't started reading a book.

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Sam Warburton's first involvement is to be part of another powerful Lions scrum, but the All Blacks hold on bravely this time and win a turnover at the breakdown.

Damian McKenzie wants rid. The talented fly-half pumps that into touch.

More changes for the Lions - England's Kyle Sinckler getting some game time.

Player watch - Johnny Sexton

Nial Foster

BBC Sport Northern Ireland at the Rotorua International Stadium

In extremely wet weather Lions fly-half Johnny Sexton has outfoxed the opposition and the conditions. He's been defensively astute throughout and going forward he has led by example.

If Sexton's the conductor then Conor Murray is the lead violinist - the Munster man has inspired the back line by adding constant pressure which has allowed those around him to flourish.

Conor Murray is tackled
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Here comes Elliot Daly as George North jogs off for a breather.

Peter O'Mahony looks to be in a bit of trouble, and it's the tour skipper Sam Warburton who is on to replace him.

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The Maori All Blacks are struggling to get out of their own 22 at the minute as the Lions continue to apply the pressure.

Another scrum five metres from the line sees Conor Murray go himself before being bundle over. That's a penalty, and the Lions opt for another put in.

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A couple of changes for the Lions as Mako Vunipola and George Kruis make way.

Jack McGrath and Iain Henderson are on.

Jack McGrath of the Lions receives the ball under pressure from Ben May of the Maori All Blacks
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Player watch - Leigh Halfpenny

Ross Harries

Scrum V presenter at the Rotorua International Stadium

Seventeen points and counting for Halfpenny, who’s surely done enough to secure his Test spot now. It was his dangerous scythe down the wing that led to Tawera Kerr-Barlow’s illegal tackle and yellow card. And the Lions took full advantage while the Maori nine was off the field.

It’s easy to forget how slick his core skills are too - he’s a master at drawing his man and releasing the pass.

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Tawera Kerr-Barlow is back on the field as the Maori All Blacks return to full numbers.

How they've paid for that sin-bin...

The Lions are really clicking into gear up front and a rolling maul takes them inside the hosts' 22 before Conor Murray, Johnny Sexton and Ben Te'o work it through hands.

But that's dropped forward by Sean O'Brien.

Ben Te"o is tackled by Maori All Blacks" Charlie Ngatai (left) and Thomas Franklin
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Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at the Rotorua International Stadium

After a first half tussle, the Lions are now well on top at scrum time, a good sign ahead of next week. You can just feel the energy sap out of the crowd here as the Lions take control.

It is now POURING down in Rotorua. The Lions pack won't mind that one bit. Maori looking a little crestfallen.

Former England and Lions hooker Brian Moore...

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Andrew Priestley: Leigh Halfpenny is your starting Test full-back. Defensively sound, skillful in attack and very accurate off the kicking tee

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Converted try - Maori All Blacks 10-29 Lions

Leigh Halfpenny, 55 mins

Leigh Halfpenny keeps his 100% record alive this tour - that's five penalties and a conversion now for the Wales full-back today.

Leigh Halfpenny converts
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Try - Maori All Blacks 10-27 Lions

Maro Itoje, 54 mins

The Maori All Blacks must be sick of the sight of these five-metre scrums for the Lions - especially with their nine Tawera Kerr-Barlow off the field.

The Lions go blind from the base this time, Taulupe Faletau is held up but there's Maro Itoje on hand to pick up and smash over from a metre or so.

Taulupe Faletau of the Lions is hauled down short of the tryline
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Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

The Lions have started the second half as they started the game, with control, composure and power. As poor as some of the penalties the Lions have given away both in this game and on tour have been, the All Blacks must be aware of the threat that the Lions pack provides.

The world champions also won't be able to give away penalties 50m out as Leigh Halfpenny is metronomic from the tee. That means the driving maul game in the All Blacks 22 could be devastating.

The gameplan is a simple one and rightly so. It's a gameplan which thrives on territory, kicking and a strong set-piece. The line-out has been a point of difference so far this tour and now the scrum too, as shown by that pressure which brought the penalty try.

It looks like the sum of all parts are coming together at the right time!

Charlie Ngatai of the Maori All Blacks cleans up the loose ball under pressure from Anthony Watson of the Lions
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