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2005 Lions Tour: Saturday, June 18 Otago 19 Lions 30, Dunedin Scorers: Otago: Try: Danny Lee; Con: Nick Evans; Pens: Evans 4 Lions: Tries: Will Greenwood, Ryan Jones, Shane Williams; Cons: Charlie Hodgson 3; Pens: Hodgson 3
Five Irish players started, and fly-half Ronan O'Gara was subbed on late, as the Lions mustered up win number four on their tour of New Zealand.
It was not all plain sailing on a night when Wales duo Ryan Jones and Shane Williams scored the crucial tries which finally saw daylight put between Otago and the visitors.
The home side went 6-0 up inside the first 11 minutes after debutant fly-half Nick Evans had punished Donncha O'Callaghan and number 8 Jones for errors.
While England's Charlie Hodgson pegged the game back to 6-6 with two penalties of his own, Otago soon earned a 13-6 lead thanks to some poor Lions defending.
Maori winger Neil Brew burst through Denis Hickie's tackle and then bounced off Hodgson to send scrum-half Danny Lee scampering over in the corner.
Hodgson redeemed himself by firing up a crossfield to the right for Will Greenwood to notch the Lions' opening try, and the leveller just before the break at 13-13.
Evans tagged on a quick penalty after the interval but then the Lions gradually moved up a gear. Debutant and eventual man-of-the-match Jones was put over by his international team mate Shane Williams, for Hodgson to convert.
Although Evans reduced the tourists' advantage back to 20-19, another Hodgson penalty and a sizzling try for wing Williams, set-up by Jones and moved out wide to the left by the swift handling of Greenwood, replacement Ollie Smith and Ireland full-back Geordan Murphy, ended the game as a contest.
OTAGO: Glen Horton; Hayden Pedersen, Neil Brew, Seilala Mapusua, Matt Saunders; Nick Evans, Danny Lee; Carl Hoeft, Jason Macdonald, Craig Dunlea, Filipo Levi, Tom Donnelly, Craig Newby (Capt), Josh Blackie, Grant Webb.
Replacements used: Jason Shoemark for Brew (47 mins), Jed Vercoe for MacDonald (62), Alando Soakai for Blackie (78). Not used: Jeremy Aldworth, Andrew McClintock, Chris Smylie, Ryan Bambry.
BRITISH & IRISH LIONS:
(15) Geordan Murphy (Leicester/Ireland) (14) Denis Hickie (Leinster/Ireland) (13) Will Greenwood (NEC Harlequins/England) (12) Gordon D'Arcy (Leinster/Ireland) (11) Shane Williams (The Ospreys/Wales) (10) Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks/England) (9) Chris Cusiter (The Borders/Scotland) (1) Graham Rowntree (Leicester/England) (2) Gordon Bulloch (Glasgow/Scotland) (Captain) (3) Matt Stevens (Bath/England) (4) Simon Shaw (Wasps/England) (5) Donncha O'Callaghan (Munster/Ireland) (6) Simon Easterby (Llanelli Scarlets/Ireland) (7) Martyn Williams (Cardiff Blues/Wales) (8) Ryan Jones (The Ospreys/Wales)
Replacements used: Ollie Smith (Leicester/England) for D'Arcy (48 mins), Matt Dawson (Wasps/England) for Cusiter, Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks/England) for Stevens, Steve Thompson (Northampton/England) for Bulloch, Danny Grewcock (Bath/England) for Shaw (all 62), Ronan O'Gara (Munster/Ireland) for Hodgson (70), Michael Owen (Newport-Gwent Dragons/Wales) for Jones (77).
HT: Otago 13 Lions 13; Attendance: 38,000 Referee: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)