Marty Banks gives Highlanders thrilling win over British and Irish Lions


Marty Banks gives Highlanders thrilling win over British and Irish Lions

New Zealand see the Pacific islanders as a chance to ideal what they learned from watching the Lions in their tour matches, which include a victory against Super Rugby's unbeaten Canterbury Crusaders and defeats to the Auckland Blues and Otago Highlanders.

It resulted in a chaotic scramble in the final minutes, when replacement fly-half Marty Banks potted a penalty to give the Highlanders a one-point edge.

Already underdogs to beat the All Blacks in the three-match series, anticipation of an upset will only have decreased following a start to the tour that has seen them lose two of their first four games.

"I look to those two penalties against Dan Cole, and I think the first one's a penalty to us, the loosehead has gone down, " said Gatland.

The Lions now head to Rotorua to face the Maori All Blacks in their 5th game of the 10-match tour on Saturday with Gatland set to pick his strongest side with an eye on the first test against the All Blacks on June 24.

Jonathan Davies must prove his fitness in training on Thursday to be able to stake a British and Irish Lions Test match claim in Saturday's Maori clash.

Elliot Daly attempted to return fire but his long-range penalty effort fell just short, before centre Jonathan Joseph's knock-on after the siren dashed hopes of a last-gasp comeback.

Naholo scored a well-taken try as the Highlanders took down the Lions 23-22 in Dunedin on Tuesday.

Reserve first five-eighth Marty Banks landed a wide penalty six minutes from time to clinch victory in their first match against an global team.

"We've got ourselves in front and the boys say they were reasonably comfortable", Gatland said. We know we need to better in those moments to make sure we don't compound our errors.

"That's disappointing, we know we have to be better in those moments". "There were high-pressure situations in the game which we probably could have dealt with a little bit better".

The Lions hit back after Joseph made up for his missed tackle on Naholo with a try of his own.

The Highlanders - as with the Crusaders on Saturday - spent much time telling the officials that they boasted the more powerful scrum.

"He is a fantastic player and a very tricky opponent but one we are looking forward to". It was a tight game, a proper game of chess, but we've got to learn how to come away from these matches with a win.

Asked about another head-injury casualty, England lock Courtney Lawes - forced off in the first half against the Highlanders - he added: 'He's been okay today but we will see how he goes for the rest of the week.

Highlanders often get bagpipes or pipe bands in for their Super Rugby games so expect something along those lines.

Just after halftime, Seymour timed his challenge for a cross kick by Sopoaga, won the ball cleanly in the air and dashed away to score, putting the Lions ahead 15-10.