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The 15 pictures that tell the story of the British and Irish Lions' defeat to Highlanders

A light-hearted look at another disappointing day in photographs

By Gareth Hanna

It was a match that somehow ended in frustration for Warren Gatland's Lions but hopefully these pictures can cheer you up a little bit.

It had been a fast and frantic game with the Lions holding the lead for a long period until a late comeback rocked the tourists.

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The Lions had led by as many as nine points during the second half but couldn't convert that lead into a victory as the hosts scored ten points in the final 20 minutes to nick the win. Marty Banks slotted home the winning penalty on 74 minutes but Elliot Daly came inches from earning back the advantage when his 55 metre effort fell short with two minutes on the clock.

From a celebratory pyramid, through Rory's reaction to the Ruan Pienaar picture (may not be true) to Sam Warburton perfectly embodying the feelings of fans, it's all in the pictures.

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