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Seymour’s double as Lions draw with Hurricanes

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Tommy Seymour: tries. (Photo: Terry Murden)

Two tries from Tommy Seymour weren’t enough to give the British and Irish Lions victory over the Hurricanes in Wellington, with the visitors having to settle for a 31-31 draw after throwing away a 14-point advantage in the second half.

The Glasgow Warriors’ brace either side of the interval and a George North try had Warren Gatland’s side in command at the Westpac Stadium but a yellow card for Ireland’s Iain Henderson 15 minutes from time proved costly.

Trailing 31-17 at the time, the Hurricanes hit back with two converted late tries to level the match, the Lions’ last midweek game of the tour.

Seymour’s double made him the leading try scorer on the 2017 tour but it remains to be seen whether he has done enough to earn a place on the bench for the second Test against the All Blacks on Saturday at the same venue.

It was a big disappointment for the team, who had been looking for a timely lift after the first Test defeat last weekend.

“We felt we played some good rugby,” said Gatland.

“That yellow card was initially a penalty for us and it gets reversed.

“We had Henderson off the field for 10 minutes and conceded 14 points. That’s the game in a nutshell.”

Scotland stars Finn Russell and Allan Dell were among the replacements, while scrum-half Greig Laidlaw started the match and combined well with Seymour for the game’s opening try.

Stand-off Russell only got a few minutes as a head injury replacement for Dan Biggar and Gatland will no doubt be criticised for not utilising the bench, with fatigue arguably costing the Lions dear in the final analysis.

Kristian Dacey, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, Dell and Gareth Davies all remained unused as the visitors buckled under pressure at the end.

“Those players were called out as cover to protect as many of the Test 23 as we could,” explained Gatland.

“I know a lot has been made of that. We didn’t want to expose possible members of the Test 23.

“So much was made of devaluing the jersey that we decided we would try and get through the game with as many of the starting XV staying on as could.

“So much was made of that, you understand people’s views but we made the collective decision that they would be just HIA or injury replacements.”

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