Farrell kick earns British & Irish Lions draw and a series stalemate

Posted July 09, 2017

The hugely controversial moment came when Poite penalised replacement hooker Ken Owens for playing the ball in an offside position from the restart of Owen Farrell's penalty which had levelled the score. I was surprised that Ben Te'o wasn't starting the second Test, however, they performed well, created opportunities and there were a couple of line breaks and two well-worked tries for the Lions, which was very impressive.

Howley said the 24-21 win in Wellington last weekend had instilled a sense of belief in the side that they can become the first Lions party since 1971 to win a test series in New Zealand.

"There will be extra pressure on the All Blacks after the second Test and I'm sure they'll turn up".

"We have witnessed an epic series and an epic failure for Hansen, not because he lost - which he kind of did through a series draw - but for the way the All Blacks played", Rattue wrote on Sunday.

The All Blacks coach reiterated that Poite's decision to overturn his original penalty was a simple case of the Frenchman overthinking the decision. So we'll get there first.

The Springboks of 2009, in quality of player and game plan approach, were very much like the Lions - and they were the last team to consistently trouble the All Blacks.

"If you're good enough to get a drawn series, both teams will get the credit that comes from it".

Lions skipper Sam Warburton said of the draw: It's a hard one.

An exhilarating finale saw a New Zealand penalty downgraded to a scrum but the double world champions were unable to convert late possession into a series-winning score as the Lions held firm heroically.

The British and Irish Lions head coach has admitted he would love another shot at the All Blacks in November.

Two Lions tourists from 2009 jokingly called for the tour to continue.

"If you look at Romain's instincts it was a penalty", Hansen said. The man next to me [Warburton] has been quite smart and astute in being able to talk the referee from a penalty into an accidental offside.

"We can't just go rewrite the books and change things", Read said.

"I thought a draw was a fair result".

"I remember when the Blues had their last game and walking off the field that time, just soaking it in and knowing it was the last time I was going to get that Blues jersey on - I guess it'll be the same", Faumuina said. I'm proud of making 100 Tests, but I'd probably swap all of them for a win. "We all know what should have happened but, at the end of the day, it's a game". The former captain of New Zealand, now a TV pundit for Sky Sports, told the broadcaster of the tension within the Kiwi camp as they prepare for tomorrow's decisive third Test, reports The Independent. "The excitement we had at training today backs that up", said Kaino, who was part of the 2011 and 2015 triumphs.