Saturday, 8 July 2017

British and Irish Lions draw final Test against New Zealand



The British and Irish Lions have drawn their final match against the All Blacks, with the three-match Test series ending level in New Zealand.
 
The match at Auckland's Eden Park ended 15-15, with the two sides each having taken one of the two previous showdowns.


Owen Farrell kicked a penalty in the 78th minute which drew the visitors level.


Then in the dying seconds, the hosts were awarded a penalty by referee Romain Poite for replacement hooker Ken Owens being offside.


Poite  then changed his decision following a video review and he judged the offence to be accidental as he reduced the punishment to a scrum.


The penalty had been within kicking range and could have given the Kiwis victory.


Alun Wyn Jones of the Lions is felled by a high tackle from Jerome Kaino


The All Blacks had scored two tries in the first half by Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett.


His brother Beauden Barrett kicked a conversion and a penalty.


The Lions' points all came from penalties, with four by Farrell and one by Elliot Daly.


New Zealand won the first Test 30-15, the Lions clinched the second 24-21, and the deadlock in Saturday's finale left home fans in stunned silence.


Lions skipper Sam Warburton said of the draw: "It's a difficult one. It's got to be a first, surely? It's difficult as players when you go through all the pressure and the emotion of the week, obviously it's all geared towards winning. It's better than losing I guess!


"I don't really know what to make of it, I was ready for extra-time. We've come to the double world champions and not get beaten is something we can take credit for."


Kieran Read of the All Blacks remonstrates with the referee over the decision not to award a last minute penalty


All Blacks captain Kieran Read said: "I feel pretty hollow. Walking away with a draw doesn't really mean much. Perhaps I'll look back at this and the series with a bit more pride, but it's hard to know what we're feeling right now."


Former England international Will Greenwood told Sky Sports: "This is one of the weirdest atmospheres I've ever experienced in a stadium, no-one really knows what to do.


"It's a very, very strange feeling down here at Eden Park. Do the players and fans congratulate each other?"


Former England coach Sir Clive Woodward tweeted that the game had been 'truly brilliant'.



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