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Hurricanes and Lions serve up Wellington thriller

Hurricanes 31,Lions 31:
THIS game was truly what top class rugby entertainment is all about. A hard-fought thriller with the outcome in doubt right up to the final play in Wellington this morning.
The Lions started the second half with the benefit of a 7-23 lead but they were rocked back by a brilliantly taken try by centre Laumape, converted by Barrett, that reduced the lead to 14-23. The Hurricane full back then missed a penalty chance but his kick on 48 minutes edged his side closer at 17-23. The home side lost scrum half Hur to a yellow card on 57 minutes and a Biggar penalty increased the Lions lead to 17-26. Ian Henderson was having one of the games of his career and went close to a score and when Tommy Seymour went over for his second touchdown it looked as is this was to be the Lions’ day. George North had a toe in touch as another touchdown was disallowed while a dangerous tackle by Henderson saw the Ulster man sin-binned with 15 minutes to go.
The Hurricanes staged a dramatic recovery. Goosen sailed in near the posts with Barrett adding the extras and another late try from Fifita, again converted by Barrett levelled what was a most enjoyable exhibition of pure rugby.
It was 7-23 to the Lions at half time and they fully deserved their lead. A Dan Biggar penalty had given the visitors the lead and it was tough and close until the Lions increased their lead on 16 minutes. Tommy Seymour put in a big tackle close to his own line, Greig Laidlaw ran clear and Seymour was up in support to race to the posts, also adding the conversion.
Robbie Henshaw had to go off with an injury before a Dan Biggar penalty pushed the visitors’ lead to 0-10 from a penalty with 21 minutes played. The Hurricanes lifted their game and a try by Glasgow-bound Givins, converted by Black, reduced the lead to 7-13 on 26 minutes.
Another Biggar penalty increased the Lions lead to 7-16 before a sweet offload by Ian Henderson on the deck sent George North haring through for a try that Biggar again converted to give Gatland’s side that 7-23 lead at the break.
Lions: J Nowell (England), T Seymour (Scotland), J Joseph (England), R Henshaw (Ireland), G North (Wales), D Biggar (Wales), G Laidlaw (Scotland), J Marler (England), R Best (Ireland, capt), D Cole (England), I Henderson (Ireland), C Lawes, J Haskell (both England), J Tipuric (Wales), CJ Stander (Ireland).
Replacements: K Dacey (Wales), A Dell (Scotland), T Francis, C Hill (both Wales), G Kruis (England), G Davies (Wales), F Russell (Scotland).

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