Dunedin - Highlanders captain Luke Whitelock highlighted his side's
kicking game as being vital in their 23-22 win over the British and Irish
Against the Crusaders the Lions' rush defence was evident,
but it was clear the Highlanders had done their homework as they kicked
Tries from Waisake Naholo and Liam Coltman, along with the
boots of Lima Sopoaga and Marty Banks, saw the Highlanders claim a memorable
win, with Whitelock explaining afterwards that he was delighted with the success
before revealing how they negated that blitz defence.
"We've been preparing and obviously watching the games
the Lions have played. Everyone started to roll into town and there was a huge
buzz with the Lions supporters arriving. It was a frantic game that went down
to the wire and was awesome to be involved in," he told Sky Sports.
"Whatever we wanted to do we wanted to make sure we did
it as a team. We got our kick plan a lot better which took away some of their
line speed that we knew they were going to bring and I think we handled the
pressure moments pretty well."
He added on what the Lions strengths were: "They just
keep coming. When they are running flat and at holes when they get in behind
you it's pretty hard to stop. They put us under a lot of pressure at times and
that resulted in points."