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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 June 2005, 06:19 GMT 07:19 UK
NZ Maori v Lions photos

Shane Williams' wing is targeted early on by the Maori

The Lions kick off and soon discover that their hosts will be targeting Shane Williams' wing as a high kick goes his way

Matt Dawson shows a clean pair of heels to the Maori defences

The tourists' first chance comes when Matt Dawson breaks and earns a penalty after the hosts infringe at the ruck

Stephen Jones gets the Lions' scoring underway

Fly-half Stephen Jones makes no mistake with the kick as the visitors take a 3-0 lead

Rua Tipoki evades Stephen Jones as the Maori look for the first try

The Lions find themselves 6-3 down after conceding two penalties - centre Rua Tipoki attempts to add to their deficit

Brian O'Driscoll attempts to score the first try of the match

With Jones making it 6-6 at the break, captain Brian O'Driscoll tries to round Luke McAlister as he hunts for the first try

Carlos Spencer feels the full force of Simon Shaw's tackle

Star fly-half Carlos Spencer comes off the bench as the hosts boost their attacking options in the hunt for more points

Leon MacDonald makes things very difficult for the Lions as he scores the opening try

McAlister then converts a penalty before Leon MacDonald breezes through to score and put the Lions 16-6 down

Rua Tipoki earns another scoring chance for the Maori

Tipoki continues to trouble the Lions and draws another penalty out of Gordon D'Arcy - McAlister takes full advantage

Brian O'Driscoll carves his way through the midfield for a well-worked try under the posts to make it 19-13

With five minutes to go, O'Driscoll gives his side a chance by going over under the posts to cut the gap to six points

Simon Shaw andBrian O'Driscoll reflect on defeat

Dawson almost snatches a win but the Maori hold on for a 19-13 win as the Lions suffer their first defeat of the tour

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