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By Mike Henson

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  1. 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...

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    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.

  3. 'They care for each other'

    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    Billy V

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

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    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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    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    Ugo Monye is answering your questions and giving his thoughts on BBC Sport Facebook.

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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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  7. 'The players are learning'

    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    Warren Gatland

    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."

  8. The game in review

    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    Ross Harries

    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.

    Jonathan Joseph
  9. 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.

  11. Ugo Monye live on BBC Facebook

    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    Go, go, go!

    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.

  13. Facebook live with Ugo Monye

    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    Ugo Monye

    Where now for the Lions?

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

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    Ugo Monye

    Former Lions and England winger

    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.

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

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    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    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."

  16. 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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  18. Lions suffer second tour defeat

    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    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.

    Lions react
  19. Full-time

    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

    HIghlanders celebrate
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    Highlanders 23-22 British and Irish Lions

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

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

    This is it...