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Highlanders hold off gritty Lions

Rugby

Replacement back Elton Jantjies missed a conversion kick in the final seconds to hand the Highlanders a tense 23-22 win in their home Super Rugby match in Dunedin on Saturday.

Jantjies' difficult kick from near the touch-line rebounded off the right post to fall to safety and left the visitors heartbroken after they had clawed back from a 23-0 halftime deficit.

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DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10: Richard Buckman of the Highlanders scores a try during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Lions at Forsyth Barr Stadium on May 10, 2014 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Rob Jefferies/Getty Images)

The Highlanders were dominant early, with winger Richard Buckman scoring a brace of tries and replacement Gareth Evans grabbing a third in the first half.

The Lions stormed home with four second-half tries to finish with two bonus points, but Jantjies' tough miss gave the Highlanders their sixth win from 10 games, keeping the New Zealand side in touch with the playoffs race. – Reuters

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