It all went so perfectly until the very last act as the Highlanders pulled off one of the great upsets to topple them in their own backyard. But they bounced back in 2016 - with All Blacks Dane Coles and Beauden Barrett to the fore - to blitz all in their path on the way to a maiden Super Rugby crown.
The start to the defence of their crown this year has looked equally impressive, they racked up a combined 24 tries in just the first two rounds of games.
Nehe Milner-Skudder is back firing fit to form a potent back three partnership with Julian Savea while the afore-mentioned Barrett's younger brother Jordie is another for Lions fans to look out for.
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