Hogg to miss remainder of Lions tour

Hazel Gray
June 14, 2017

"It is an honour to have been involved in a second British & Irish Lions tour and I have hugely enjoyed my time with the squad and I'm very excited about the potential of this group".

"The guys are disappointed", Gatland told reporters in Dunedin.

The score was level 10-10 at halftime and the Loins led 22-13 in the second half.

Center Jonathan Joseph and winger Tommy Seymour scored earlier tries as the Lions were goaded by the Highlanders into producing some of their best attacking form on tour.

On 53 minutes skipper Warburton put the Lions into a commanding lead but the 10 answered points that followed - firstly from Liam Coltman's converted try and then Banks's penalty - secured victory for the Highlanders.

The Lions wrestled the upper hand in the scrum in the 12-3 win over the Crusaders, but the Christchurch hosts maintained throughout they had claimed the edge.

"I think if you start to look ahead to the Test matches you lose sight of what is important", he maintained.

All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster has brushed off the British and Irish Lions' greatest threats, saying his side will be well prepared. "That was something we tried to rectify going into the second half and I thought when we got quality ball on the front foot that's when we looked risky".

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"It was heavy in the last quarter and we need to address that and we spoke about nailing big moments, so there's one or two moments we need to keep improving on".

Warburton said the Lions' discipline was disappointing.

Against the Crusaders the Lions' rush defence was evident, but it was clear the Highlanders had done their homework as they kicked frequently. "We know we need to better in those moments to make sure we don't compound our errors". "There were high-pressure situations in the game which we probably could have dealt with a little bit better".

The first three-and-a-half minutes set the tone, with non-stop rugby from both teams eventually resulting in a successful penalty shot from Highlanders five-eighth Lima Sopoaga.

The Lions produced a brilliant try to Joseph in which their backs at last showed finishing skill.

The Lions had the flawless start to the second half as Seymour read a Sopoaga cross-field kick to perfection and the Scotland worldwide charged through for the Lions' second try.

Welshman Leigh Halfpenny, player of the test series on the successful 2013 tour of Australia, now looks certain to take the number 15 jersey for the matches against the All Blacks. "The referee ultimately made a decision and we just have to get on with it, and move on to Saturday".

However, his first and only missed tackle came when the Saints player, fearless as ever, collided head-first with Waisake Naholo's left elbow and appeared to be knocked out.

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