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West try consigns Lions to first loss of NZ tour

Super Rugby

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – 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.

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Auckland Blues flyhalf Ihaia West chases a loose ball. Photo: EPA / David Rowland

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.

South African-born, former Blue Bulls number eight CJ Stander, who switched nationality to Ireland, scored a try, with fullback Leigh Halfpenny slotting the conversion and three penalties for the Lions.

The Lions next face the seven-times Super Rugby champion Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday.

Scorers:

Blues – Tries: Rieko Ioane, Sonny Bill Williams, Ihaia West. Conversions: Stephen Perofeta (2), West. Penalty: West.

Lions – Try: CJ Stander. Conversion: Leigh Halfpenny. Penalties: Halfpenny (3).

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