Banks gives Highlanders thrilling win over Lions

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Highlanders winger Tevita Li, center right, makes a run down field against the British and Irish Lions during their game in Dunedin.

It is all about interpretation.

"We gave away too much possession at the break down and turned over too much ball in attack". They've seen a different picture.

Whangarai and his subdued outing in the tour opener seemed a world away, with Henderson recapturing the form last seen against England in the Six Nations, a game that seemingly sealed his place on this tour. Do you think the All Blacks would change Savea's position so he could stop a danger man on the other side? Payne thought he had scored his first ever Lions try 11 minutes into the match, going over in the left corner, only for the TMO to decide Stephen Perofeta had dragged his foot into touch before he got the ball down.

"You've got to look at yourself in the mirror and say there's no point in doing those things, because it's to the detriment of the team".

Perhaps they will place themselves under more pressure, knowing they need to win and all that, but there is a clear difference to me now between the top 20 odd versus the rest in this Lions team. "It's obviously not ideal to lose the game and it's probably not ideal for a lot of the chances to lose the game because ultimately you are judged on performances and performances give you results". He added pace and was looking for space around the breakdown, but it has to be said his box-kicks didn't match those of Murray against the Crusaders. They went for it then, learning that aiming low is not the route to success in New Zealand. It takes a long, long time to flawless your craft.

It all depends how the game, and the scrum, is refereed.

The Lions seemed far more willing to chance their arm, with centre Jonathan Joseph particularly unsafe - though it proved their undoing on the last play of the game, flinging the ball wide when keeping it in tight and playing for a penalty might have been the way to go.

"Tuesday was certainly better from Warby and it was nice for him to get a run-out", Jenkins said "There were quite a few turnovers from him".

You let go of the handbrake when you're going down a hill and the vehicle moves forward.

"We got penalised rightly so for the one that they kicked but there was another couple where their prop was on their knees and stuff". The squad will have a pretty big dossier on referees, what they like, what they don't like, what they give penalties for in the scrum, how many scrum penalties they've ever given, stuff like that.

"If the Crusaders felt they were on the wrong side of a few decisions, we felt a little bit the same way tonight", he said.

"But the group of guys we have got are hugely motivated for what's around the corner". The New Zealand sides will be very quick to pick up on any trends, whether on defence or attack, as the tour unfolds. Fast and edgy and unrelenting, that is how they play the game down in the southern hemisphere. The last was the best, coming at the end of a long series of phases in the Highlanders' 22 after the Lions had pressurised the hosts from a restart. What the Kiwis really respect, though, is a team that takes it to them.

"We just weren't ruthless enough and that's ultimately where we are at with that".

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