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The British and Irish Lions take on the Otago Highlanders in the fourth match of their tour of New Zealand, with Warren Gatland hoping to build momentum following the victory over the Crusaders at the weekend. Follow the latest here.

  • Highlanders vs British and Irish Lions kicks off at 19:35 local time [08:35 BST]
  • Gatland makes 15 changes with fresh starting line-up at Forsyth Barr Stadium
  • Sam Warburton returns to captain Lions, Dan Biggar back from injury
  • Highlanders without nine players due to All Blacks call-ups

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Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of the fourth match of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand as they take on the Highlanders at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
If you're just waking up in the UK, you'll probably have missed the news overnight that Stuart Hogg has been ruled out of the remainder of the tour, having suffered a broken cheekbone when he was elbowed (accidentally) by his own teammate, Conor Murray, during the win over the Crusaders. Here's the full story:
Andy Farrell has taken the plaudits for the defensive display against the Crusaders, but he still believes there's room for improvement despite them conceding just three points in Christchurch: 
Tonight's match takes place at the state-of-the-art Forsyth Barr Stadium, complete with a full roof (thankfully as it's been snowing in Dunedin today) but the Highlanders used to roll out at Carisbrook, otherwise known as the 'House of Pain'. Want to know more about it? Jack de Menezes visited the old site this week to see what's happened to it:

With no changes, here's how the teams line-up:

Highlanders: Richard Buckman; Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Teohorangi Walden, Tevita Li; Lima Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington; Daniel Lienert-Brown, Liam Coltman, Siate Tokolahi; Alex Ainley, Jackson Hemopo; Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Luke Whitelock.
Reserves: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Josh Dickson, James Lentjes, Josh Renton, Marty Banks, Patrick Osborne.
 
British and Irish Lions: Jared Payne; Jack Nowell, Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, Tommy Seymour; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Joe Marler, Rory Best, Kyle Sinckler; Courtney Lawes, Iain Henderson; James Haskell, Sam Warburton, CJ Stander.
Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Dan Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Greig Laidlaw, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly.
Jack de Menezes is inside the Forsyth Barr Stadium ready to call the action as it happens:
It's set to be a sell-out 29,481 capacity crowd here at Forsyth Barr Stadium, which is lit up in all it's glory under the perspex roof that towers over the stadium in Dunedin waterfront. Both teams are going through their warm-ups, and as usual there's a few extra Lions members out there that aren't in the matchday squad taking advantage of the extra training session. The rest are all stood on the touchline taking in the atmosphere, with a few speaking to fans and others on their phones.
The big talking point of today's game is the form of captain Sam Warburton and whether he can play the first Test. If he gets taken off around the 60-minute mark today then there is a good chance he will be involved against the New Zealand Maori on Saturday - which is likely to involve 90 per cent of the Test side.
Stuart Hogg is here at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, but he won't be taking any further part in the tour after suffering a broken cheekbone - as you can see from the picture. The unfortunate scenario surrounding the injury stems from the fact that Hogg ran into his own teammate - and roommate! - Conor Murray while chasing his own kick in the game against the Crusaders. When your luck's against you...
Stuart Hogg pitchside ahead of his return home to the United Kingdom
 
Only 10 minutes to go until kick-off now. Dan Biggar, who is the only Lion in the team today who has played here before will get the game underway as he looks to push for an unlikely Test place. Sexton and Farrell worked brilliantly in tandem together on Saturday and that leaves Biggar with it all to do, despite only managing around 30 minutes of action so far.
While the team on Saturday against the Crusaders had a Test team feel about it, today's side looks, Warburton aside, like more of the weekday side. Webb will surely be on the bench for the Tests and CJ Stander could also be involved but for the most part this looks like a weekday side.
The Lions are out on the pitch at the Glasshouse as Luke Whitelock leads out the Highlanders to a great roar.
Here we go then, Biggar thumps the ball high into the night and we are off!
1 min: A fairly even start to the game so far. The ground here has been described as a cricket pitch so expect lots of running rugby. The Highlanders do look up for this...
3 mins: The Highlanders just had two great chances on both sides of the pitch. It took a strong stop from Jared Payne on the right and then a well-time tackle from Robbie Henshaw. We do come back for the penalty for the offside though and Lima Sopoaga kicks the three points. 3-0.
6 mins: Webb is providing some really quick ball for the Lions and his forwards are attacking the gainline brilliantly. They've made a lot of ground but they're held up and the Highlanders do well to win the penalty. We're shaping up for our first scrum of the game now.
10 mins: An absolutely thumping hit from Webb on Fekitoa to send him into touch. He really meant that. 
11 mins: That's what Webb can bring you! The drive from the lineout was stuck and a standstill and Webb sneaks around the blindside, throws a fantastic dummy and sets the Lions away. Incidentally, Fekitoa is off for a head injury assessment from Webb's earlier hit.
13 mins: Webb, who has been outstanding so far in Dunedin, makes another break but Haskell knocks on and the pressure is given up. The Lions must learn to take these chances.
15 mins: TRY OR NO TRY?
 
That's the question. They're checking two tries here. First by Tommy Seymour and secondly by Rhys Webb. We look at Seymour's first, it's very close but it doesn't look like it. And the second... Webb loses control of it as he grounds it. Neither will be a try. We go back for a penalty for offside. 
 
The Lions have to start taking these chances. 
15 mins: Biggar slots the penalty and we're all square here. 3-3.

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What time does it start?

The match kicks off at 07:35 NZ time [08:35 BST] on Tuesday.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 from 08:00 BST.

Teams:

Highlanders: Richard Buckman; Waisake Naholo, Malakai Fekitoa, Teohorangi Walden, Tevita Li; Lima Sopoaga, Kayne Hammington; Daniel Lienert-Brown, Liam Coltman, Siate Tokolahi; Alex Ainley, Jackson Hemopo; Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Luke Whitelock.

Reserves: Greg Pleasants-Tate, Aki Seiuli, Siosuia Halanukonuka, Josh Dickson, James Lentjes, Josh Renton, Marty Banks, Patrick Osborne.

British and Irish Lions:

Jared Payne; Jack Nowell, Jonathan Joseph, Robbie Henshaw, Tommy Seymour; Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb; Joe Marler, Rory Best, Kyle Sinckler; Courtney Lawes, Iain Henderson; James Haskell, Sam Warburton, CJ Stander.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Jack McGrath, Dan Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Greig Laidlaw, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly.

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