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Summary

  1. Final score: Lions 22-23 Highlanders
  2. Lions have now won two and lost two games on tour
  3. Naholo, Coltman tries, Sopoaga 2 pens & 2 cons, Banks pen for Highlanders
  4. Joseph, Seymour, Warburton tries, Biggar pen & 2 cons for Lions
  5. Lions' Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg our of tour

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By Mike Henson

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Next up... the Maori. Don't miss it

Fair to say it's not been the perfect day for the Lions.

First they lost Scottish full-back Stuart Hogg for the remainder of the tour to a facial injury sustained at the weekend.

And that was followed by their second defeat on tour as a revved-up Highlanders team came from behind to win a cracking game 23-22 in Dunedin.

The good news is... the Lions scored some tries. Three to be precise, meaning they a) out-scored the hosts try-wise and b) now have five on tour.

Next up, the New Zealand Maori, who beat the Lions in 2005. They are a very good side - can the Lions take them down?

Join us from 07:30 on Saturday to find out. Until then, make sure you show the same passion and desire that saw the Landers to victory. It's the only way to live...

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

The Highlanders' All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo produced another reminder of the threat to be expected in the Test matches. He was by far the best player on the pitch and looked hungry, powerful and dangerous, and come up with a lovely finish for his try.

All games are big in New Zealand and for the locals this win will be huge. It is a bitter blow not to back up one good win with another. Saturday offers a new opportunity in the form of the New Zealand Maori but of course a stiffer challenge.

'They care for each other'

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England number eight Billy Vunipola - missing from the tour through injury - sees a little of the Saracens' brothers-in-arms spirit about the Lions.

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Plenty of positive things for the Lions, but just as many - if not more - concerns for Warren Gatland. Discipline is an issue while too often the Lions coughed up the ball in key areas. The scrum disintegrated at the wrong time as the replacements struggled to make an impact. Gatland's press conference about to start - all the news coming up on BBC Sport.

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Chris Hill: I'm not having Warren Gatland, just seems so limited as a coach a reliant on power rugby. Could be embarrassing against ABs

Alfredo Furmanek: Lions not competing for the high ball due to risk of penalties and sinbins. Fine margins will be key on this tour

John Sadler: southern hemisphere refereeing puts Lions at a huge disadvantage IMO - totally different interpretation at scrum and breakdown

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'The players are learning'

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Lions coach Warren Gatland speaking to Sky Sports: "We gave away a line-out for their try after having cleared our lines. We know we need to better in those moments to make sure we don't compound our errors. We were inaccurate at times, they kicked the ball quite smartly to put us under pressure. The players are learning that it is about playing for 80 minutes and being in the moment.

"We always said that coming to New Zealand was going to be tough against the Super Rugby sides. They are the best rugby nation in the world."

The game in review

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Scrum V presenter at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Another epic game. Another heart-breaking defeat. The Highlanders play at a frenetic pace, and during the opening quarter, had the Lions scrambling. Waisake Naholo was a constant menace before crossing for the opening try. But Jonathan Joseph showed his credentials in response, his pace and footwork taking him over the line. Ten-all the half time score.

It was the Lions who struck first after the break, Tommy Seymour showing his predatory instincts with a perfectly timed interception. But the Highlanders showed they could go the direct route when they needed to, hooker Liam Coltman barrelling over from a driving line-out that took them within two points, before Marty Banks nudged them ahead with a penalty. The Lions had a chance to win it in injury time, but Jonathan Joseph spilled the ball in contact.

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Was Dan Biggar your Man of the Match?

... because ex-Lions and Wales flanker Martyn Williams is of that opinion.

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Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

The Lions' game is starting to look more rounded and all the hard work attack coach Rob Howley has been putting in with the players is starting to pay dividends.

It was an impressive return for Sam Warburton. He played 68 minutes on his return from injury, which he'll be pleased about, and responded well to a great showing from Sean O'Brien on Saturday. He looked busy in defence and capped off his return with a try early in the second half.

It was a more cohesive Lions performance this morning - there were not too many stand-out players but it was a good team performance. Frustrations will be the loss obviously.

This tour is all about winning, but ultimately it is a tour that will be defined by the Test series itself. However, the amount of individual errors in defence is a concern - there were far too many missed tackles, which prevented the type of continuous pressure with line-speed the Lions produced aganst the Crusaders.

But discipline, the set-piece and three tries will put will put smiles on the coaches faces.

Head over to BBC Sport's Facebook page for a live chat with Ugo about the game.

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Former Lions player Ugo Monye is LIVE taking your questions after the Lions’ narrow defeat by the Highlanders. What did you make of the match? And what about two defeats in four matches for Warren Gatland’s team? Send him your questions now.

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Daniel Lewis: I know this is really defeatist but I just can't see the Lions beating New Zealand.

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Where now for the Lions?

Ugo Monye is ready to answer your questions live on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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A brilliant game played in a wonderful spirit at a fast tempo. The Lions were unable to build on the momentum from Saturday's impressive win against the Crusaders. The boys will be hurting and most definitely frustrated after having played well for large parts of the game.

But on a tour as unrelenting as this one the Lions will have to dust themselves down and pick themselves up as the New Zealand Maoris are on the horizon - that is the real unofficial fourth Test.

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Lions captain Sam Warburton speaking to Sky Sports: "For one reason or another the penalties got up into double figures. It was a game where it was going to be thrown around a bit more, but our first and second arrivals on the breakdown were a little late.

"We scored a couple of tries, we looked good when we were direct. We are looking forward to the challenge of the New Zealand Maori on Saturday."

Lions 'must sort out aerial battle' - Devereux

1989 Lions centre John Devereux is unimpressed by how the Lions are dealing with high kicks.

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Andrew Priestley: The Lions couldn't match the Highlanders' high-intensity game for the full 80 mins. They ran completely out of steam after 65 mins

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Lions suffer second tour defeat

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A second tour defeat from four matches. The Lions are feeling the pain on this trip around New Zealand.

Jonathan Joseph spills forward as he takes a crash ball up into the teeth of the Highlanders' defence.

It is hoofed dead and the hosts' celebrations are loud and proud.

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Full-time

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A Highlanders back swats the ball forward, knocking on deliberately.

Owen Farrell kicks the penalty up to the Highlanders 22m.

This is it...

Missed penalty

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Just short!

A metre at most.

But the Lions have the ball off the restart.

One more roll of the dice.

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Turnover!

The Lions have to attack from in their own half.

Wide it goes.

Eliott Daly is shoved into touch.

But there is a penalty in the backfield.

Daly points to the sticks. It is in his own half. An absolute monster for the replacement, even with his siege gun boot.

57m to fly....

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Patrick Osborne gets up above Jack Nowell as the pair contest a Highlanders box-kick.

The referee rules in the hosts favour. Scrum-down Highlanders.

Time is seeping away for the Lions...

Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

This crowd like the rough stuff more than any other so far in New Zealand. Raucous reactions to both the rolling maul try, the penalty at the scrum... and the scuffle that followed.

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Marty Banks

He does.

The Lions are staring down the barrel of a second tour defeat.

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The Highlanders have got a huge shove on at the scrum, sending the Lions stumbling backwards. Siate Tokolahi has Dan Cole on toast.

Penalty to the home side!

And a bit of verbal afters. James Haskell getting a bit frisky.

Never mind that. Marty Banks is lining up a kick to put the Highlanders ahead with seven to go...

He should get it.

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Highlanders up to the Lions 22m line as Richard Buckman claims a steepling up and under and then Jimmy Lentjes motors on.

The ball has gone forward through.

Sighs of relief among the travelling party in the perspex box on high.

Lions with the put-in on their own 22m.

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Alun Wyn Jones is held up in the tackle. Scrum-down on halfway for the Highlanders.

This is still on a knife edge.

Missed penalty

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Just a couple of yards wide.

It is still a two-point ball game.

Justin Tipuric comes on for Sam Warburton for the Lions.

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Farrell is indeed going to take on the kick... 35m out and on the angle.

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Penalty to the Lions.

Full-back Richard Buckman went in early on a tackle on Jack McGrath.

This might be kickable.

It won't be Dan Biggar who takes the shot though. He is hobbling off with a dead leg. Owen Farrell is on.

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Small Man Peaky: Everything that the Lions were doing so well last week has gone to pot. Attack starting to form, but set piece and defence poor.

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Good turnover work from Sam Warburton, who is still motoring in the final quarter despite that injury.

A bit of aerial ping-pong. That is the sort of wiff-waff the Lions like.

CJ Stander barges up to the Highlanders 10m.

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The Lions have a scrum just outside the Highlanders 22m line after Josh Dickson makes a mess of the kick-off.

But the set-piece goes awry with Dan Cole pinged when it should have gone the other way.

The Leicester man is not amused.

Elliot Daly is on in place of Jared Payne at 15.

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BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Lions have to keep playing. Will be a struggle to defend a two-point lead for the final 15 minutes.

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Liam Coltman (con Banks)

The Highlanders get low, set and moving.

The Lions can't match those body positions or organisation and it is hooker Liam Coltman who emerges from the depths with the ball and a wide grin.

An excellent conversion from Marty Banks as well.

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Another big line-out for the Lions to defend.

The Highlanders are going for the shove-over from five out...

Ugo Monye

Former Lions and England winger

A great start to the second half from the Lions - two tries in 13 minutes and they have equalled the same amount of tries scored prior to this game with that quick flurry.

We are seeing a Lions team that is progressing steadily, with improvement again from the huge victory against the Crusaders. We've seen suffocating defence, brilliant line-speed in defence and a masterful display of game control from Conor Murray and Dan Biggar.

Lions aren't quite roaring but they're looking very tidy.

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Turnover!

Superb from Iain Henderson, who spots the Highlanders get lax over the breakdown and counter-rucks to pilfer possession.

Greig Laidlaw - on for Rhys Webb - boots clear.

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The Highlanders take the set-piece, but the Lions defence is standing strong.

The hosts have been forced back to 10m out by the fast red defence.