GOODBYE FROM US
THAT'S ALL FOLKS
Thanks for joining us for a pulsating draw at Eden Park which brought down the curtain on an entertaining Lions tour of New Zealand.
It's been a thrilling five weeks - hard to believe it's over already - and it ends with four Lions victories, four wins by New Zealand sides, and two draws. Honours even, in every sense.
On reflection, Jamie George says his emotions were very mixed after the draw against New Zealand.
CAN WE GO AGAIN?
There’s understandably a lingering sense of disappointment
in air after neither side managed to secure a series victory. All Blacks
fly-half Beauden Barrett mirrored calls for series to be decided one way or another...
“It’s not the result either team wanted but it was a great
spectacle. It would have been good to see a result, I was ready to go for another
“Even the Lions would have like to have gone on to find a
winner, maybe a ‘first-point-wins’ scenario. If only we could have another
“The Lions played very well to come back, Owen Farrell
kicked very well. We played a lot of footy, came close a number of times but
they were good enough to come back and fight for that draw.”
'THE TIME OF MY LIFE'
Despite a disappointing end to the Lions series against New Zealand, Maro Itoje told Sky Sports it's been the best time of his life.
HIGHLIGHTS: NZ 15-15 LIONS
LONG LIVE THE
Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick reflects on a tour which has underlined the need for the British & Irish Lions in world rugby...
“From where the Lions were in 2005 to where they are now
is phenomenal. A lot of that is down to Warren Gatland, who understood what was
needed to win in New Zealand.
"He had to earn the respect of the New Zealand public
and players and he has definitely done that. It’s been amazing and wonderful to
see what the Lions, and their fans, have done. There is no reason why Lions
tours cannot continue, it’s been wonderful!”
SEA OF RED
Not the outcome many envisaged pre-tour but after a pulsating series from first minute to last, the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand will go down in rugby folklore...
READ RUES PENALTY
The series presentation gets underway at Eden Park, with Keven Mealamu handing Kieran Read his 100th All Blacks cap.
SIR CLIVE REACTS
NOT A BAD SHOUT...
READ RUES PENALTY
All Blacks captain Kieran Read pulled no punches as his 100th international cap ended in stalemate...
“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.
is that penalty was correctly called first time around. That wasn’t why we didn’t
win though, it was an accumulation of things. We’ve just got to deal with it.”
NEW ZEALAND 15-15 LIONS (FT)
Lions skipper Sam Warburton is a bit speechless.
"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!
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.”
“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?"
Well that was a bit of an anti-climax really. We have 80 minutes of thrilling rugby and now the whole crowd has gone silent after seeing the game and the series end with neither side claiming the spoils.
NEW ZEALAND 15-15 LIONS
80: Full time! It's a drawn series! Perenara is tackled into touch five metres out from the line and the referee calls time on an epic at Eden Park.
80: The All Blacks have the ball after securing the scrum and they are on the 22-metre line...
79: Webb steals the ball after the scrum splinters and the Lions break but the pass is knocked on! Scrum to the All Blacks, near the halfway line. How will this story end?
78: The TMO has said there is nothing in the challenge. However, crucially, he has downgraded the penalty to a knock-on.
Owens caught the ball after Williams knocked on, but the referee now says it was unintentional.
TMO! The referee wants the TMO to take another look at the restart to see if Williams was taken out in the air.
OH NO! Lions have conceded a penalty at the restart! Williams knocks the ball forward in the air and Owens collects from an offside position. Referee Poite blows for a penalty.
PENALTY! Farrell has squared things up again!
NEW ZEALAND 15-12 LIONS
77: Crockett is pinged for not rolling away at the tackle! Penalty to the Lions and Farrell is lining up a long-range shot at goal.
76: Lions kick for touch, they have a lineout on the halfway line.
75: Lions get a scrum penalty!
74: Farrell and Webb combine to hold Dagg up in the tackle, and the referee awards the Lions a scrum when the ball goes to ground.
73: Three changes for the Lions. Warburton is back on the field after his HIA, with Jones leaving. Nowell is on for Watson, and Te'o comes on in place of Sexton.
73: Beauden Barrett puts in another kick, and Williams has knocked on after the ball took a wicked bounce. Scrum to the All Blacks on the Lions' 22-metre line.
72: Webb kicks from the base and the All Blacks have the ball back. They are on the Lions' 22-metre line at the moment. Can the visitors hold out?
71: Beauden Barrett puts in a probing kick to the corner and Watson is there to tidy up. The Lions have the ball but on the wrong side of the field.
70: That was George's last act of the game, Owens is on the field at hooker.
70: George has thrown the ball in but it's not straight. Crucial miss that - the All Blacks have a scrum in the middle of the pitch.
69: Webb is on for Murray.
69: Smith clears from the base after the restart, and the Lions have a lineout near the halfway line.
“It was the right call, Sinckler’s legs were straight and
he did slip. But the Lions needed to strike the ball at the scrum quicker and get the ball
to the No. 8’s feet, then you don’t give the opportunity for that type of
penalty to occur.”
PENALTY! The All Blacks have the lead with 12 minutes remaining.
NEW ZEALAND 12-12 LIONS
68: Beauden Barrett is lining up a shot at goal for the lead.
67: Scrum penalty to the All Blacks!
66: Warburton leaves the field for a head injury assessment. Jones is on the field to replace him, with Lawes dropping into the back row.
66: The Lions have a big scrum coming up here, deep in their own half.
66: The All Blacks break down the left touchline through Julian Savea, but when the ball is sent back infield after the tackle Faletau puts in a big tackle on Beauden Barrett, forcing another knock-on.
“Among all this chaos and carnage, 20-year-old Jordie
Barrett, along with so many others, has produced a monstrous performance under
the most intense scrutiny.”
65: The Lions secure the lineout and Murray puts in a brilliant clearance kick. Lineout to the hosts on the halfway line.
63: Dagg sends another booming kick downfield. Murray replies but it's well taken by Jordie Barrett who secures the ball. His brother Beauden then sends a superb kick into the corner. The Lions have a throw into the lineout near their tryline.
62: The Lions knock on, this time Lawes is the one to fumble in the tackle. Scrum to the All Blacks deep in their own half.
61: The Lions break out through Davies and Daly. The visitors are on the All Blacks' 22-metre line now.