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Video: Lions leaders will come to the fore says Biggar

The Lions slipped to their second defeat of the Tour on Tuesday night against the Highlanders but Dan Biggar is confident the leadership within the squad will turn the ship around on Saturday.

“We need strong characters both on and off the field.”

The squad have already moved on to Rotorua to prepare for Saturday’s clash against the Maori All Blacks.

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Warren Gatland’s side have already demonstrated their resilience on this Tour, having bounced back from their loss to the Blues last week to beat Super Rugby leaders Crusaders three days later.

And with leaders like Sam Warburton, Alun Wyn Jones, Greig Laidlaw and Rory Best in their party – Biggar knows the tourists have already put Tuesday’s narrow defeat in Dunedin behind them.

“It is about making sure we are strong as a team and as a management,” said the 27-year-old.

“We need strong characters both on and off the field and we have that in abundance with a no shortage of leaders and we need that for Saturday for what is probably the fourth Test match against the Maori.

“The squad and the talent that the Maori have is huge, but what we have got in this squad is an abundance of team spirit and togetherness.

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“And sometimes on Tour you just have to roll your sleeves up, every game is like a Test match out here so we need strong characters now to back it up.

“We don’t want people to shy away now, we need to front up and take the positives – it is probably a harsh learning curve from those last ten or 15 minutes.”

Biggar’s first start on Tour – against the Blues – was ended prematurely by injury but on Tuesday he lasted past the hour mark in an impressive fly half display.

But Marty Banks’ late penalty gave the locals a dramatic win – despite the Lions scoring three tries through Jonathan Joseph, Tommy Seymour and Sam Warburton.

“It’s fine margins,” added Biggar.

“Ultimately we have made an error from a re-start and backed that up with three or four penalties on the bounce which is really frustrating.

“We had done all the hard work in terms of building a lead after absorbing everything they had thrown at us and that is what has cost us tonight.

“I thought we played some decent stuff, obviously the stadium lends itself to attacking rugby and both teams tried to play.

“It was nice to get a few tries on the board but that is kind of even more frustrating, that we managed to play what we wanted to with some structures but could not close it out.”

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