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Lions collapse was unacceptable, admits angry Best

 

By Staff Reporter

Battered and bruised Rory Best described the nature of the British and Irish Lions' loss to the Otago Highlanders yesterday as unacceptable.

The tourists squandered a strong winning position in Dunedin, entering the final quarter 22-13 up and conceding 10 unanswered points to the Super Rugby side who were missing some of their leading All Blacks. It was their second defeat on tour.

Best was off the pitch for the late collapse, but said the players would take collective responsibility for the poor finish; urging the squad to rally behind the team who face the Maori All Blacks on Saturday in Rotorua.

After a strong side got the tour up and running with a memorable win over the previously unbeaten Crusaders on Saturday, Best conceded yesterday's result is a setback. "It's a bit of a hiccup for us, the boys on Saturday laid down a marker and we wanted to pick that up," he said. "We're really, really disappointed to have lost that game."

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