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West try consigns Lions to first loss of NZ tour

Reuters logo Reuters 7/06/2017

Blues' Rieko Ioane celebrates scoring their first try. © INPHO/REX/Shutterstock Blues' Rieko Ioane celebrates scoring their first try. Auckland Blues flyhalf Ihaia West scored a brilliant 75th minute try to consign the British and Irish Lions to a 22-16 loss in the second game of their 10-match tour of New Zealand at Eden Park on Wednesday.

Replacement West scooted over after superb offloads from Steven Luatua and Sonny Bill Williams just as the visitors looked to have seized the momentum with a 16-15 lead over the Super Rugby side.

Winger Rieko Ioane and centre Williams scored first half tries while starting flyhalf Stephen Perofeta added a conversion with West slotting a penalty and then converting his own try for the home side.

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Number eight CJ Stander scored a try, with fullback Leigh Halfpenny slotting the conversion and three penalties for the Lions, who next face the seven-times Super Rugby champion Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

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