Highlanders turn the screw late to seal victory over Lions
Tourists suffer second defeat
T: Naholo, Coltman C: Sopoaga, Banks P: Sopoaga 2, Banks
T: Joseph, Seymour, Warburton C: Biggar 2 P: Biggar
Half-time: 10-10. Handicap: Highlanders +5, Lions -4
The Lions lost their second match of the tour to Super Rugby outfit the Highlanders in a hard-fought clash under the roof in Dunedin.
The Lions had been four-point handicap favourites following their victory over the Crusaders on Saturday and outscored their opponents by three tries to two, with Jonathan Joseph, Tommy Seymour and captain Sam Warburton all crossing.
The sides were level at 10-10 at the break, and the Lions led 22-13 in the second half. But ill discipline cost them while the hosts managed to turn the screw at the scrum.
Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman scored a try on the hour mark which was converted to leave the scores as 20-22, and a penalty six minutes from time sealed the deal.
Next up for the Lions it's the New Zealand Maori in Rotorua - the tourists are 8-13 to bounce back with a victory and give up four points on the handicap.
The first Test against New Zealand is in Auckland on June 24. The All Blacks are 1-4 to win the three-match series and 8-13 for a 3-0 whitewash.