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The British and Irish Lions managed a win and a loss in their third and fourth game on this 2017 tour of New Zealand. All four games came against local professional sides. Next up is the fifth contest against the Maori All Blacks this Saturday at Rotorua Stadium.
After splitting the first two-matches, the Lions beat the Crusaders 12-3 at Ami Stadium in Christchurch from four penalty goals by Owen Farrell. The All-Star visitors lost a heart breaker to the Highlanders 23-22 at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin. A late penalty goal by replacement Marty Banks gave the home side the hard fought win. The kick came at the 74th minutes of play and the Lions did not score in the closing minutes.
The professional sides feature many All-Black players, competing on a high level of play. Yet, from years of former Lions' tours to Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand, the visitors should win these clubs matches but that has not been the case on this tour.
After the Maori encounter this Saturday, next week, the Lions play the Chiefs at FMG Stadium, Waikato, Hamilton before meeting the All Blacks in the first of three Test matches.