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Video: Onwards and upwards for Henshaw and Lions

The Lions slipped to an agonising late defeat to the Highlanders on Tuesday but centre Robbie Henshaw is adamant that the squad will not be dwelling on their disappointment.  

“We gave it our all but unfortunately we came up short.”

Next up for the Lions is Saturday’s clash with the New Zealand Maori, with the Test series against the All Blacks now only ten days away.

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The Lions built an impressive 22-13 lead in the second half as tries from Sam Warburton and Tommy Seymour – added to Jonathan Joseph’s first-half opener – put them in a position of strength.

But the Dunedin-based Highlanders came storming back and Marty Banks’ late penalty proved the difference between the two sides.

However, the 23-year-old Henshaw – who made ten carries and seven tackles in an energetic display – knows there is no time on a Tour like this to feel sorry for yourself.

“It is very frustrating and very tough for us to take as a squad after the loss. But we look to move onto the next one now, better ourselves and better the jersey,” he said.

“The positives are that we got a few tries on the score sheet and broke them down in a couple of areas, we weren’t far off from getting that fourth try that would have sealed the win.

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“A couple of decisions went against us and we paid the price for it, we will look to tidy up some certain areas and re-assess next week and try and better the performance again.

“There was a big onus on us to better the Crusaders performance and kick on, we definitely looked at ourselves to do that and we were nearly there.

“We gave it our all but unfortunately we came up short.”

After opening up a nine-point lead, the Lions failed to kill off the game as their ill-discipline brought the hosts back into it at a raucous Forsyth Barr Stadium.

And Henshaw hopes his side have learned their lessons in that regard for the bigger tests to come.

“It is a case of keeping our foot on throat, don’t let them play and we didn’t do that, simple as,” he added.

“We let them in through a couple of our own errors and our own discipline let us down a little bit as well.

“We will have to learn from it, if you grant teams like the Maori and the All Blacks opportunities like that then they will take them all day long. We will have to learn from it and get over it.”

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