New Zealand v Lions test 3 - My thoughts

New Zealand v Lions test 3 - My thoughts

A series draw is never what you set out for, but the British Lions should be proud of the achievement.

New Zealand are the number one side in the world for a reason, they're double world champions, unbeaten on Eden Park since 1994 and let's face it, they don't lose often. They find ways to win in adversity and they find ways to win late. In tests 2 and 3, the Lions stopped them from doing that.

Test 3 was marred with errors from both sides, from not straight lineouts to constant turnover of possession whilst in attacking space, but by god was it entertaining. 

In spells, the Lions looked good ball in hand, in much larger spells, so did the All Blacks, who will rue a couple of misses from the tee that a player like Beau Barrett would normally have as his bread and butter. 

It was a titanic arm wrestle, punctuated by two quality tries from the men in Black, Jordie Barrett and Laumape crossing the whitewash, Beau Barrett also grabbed a penalty, but kicks from Farrell and a monster from Daly ensured it would end 15 all.

It could have been heartbreak, seconds after Farrell tied the game, a penalty was awarded after Liam Williams knocked on and it was caught for a fraction of a second by Ken Owens, however when Mr Poite asked for the TMO to review the aerial challenge, he downgraded it to a scrum for an unavoidable accidental offside, controversial maybe, but it certainly echoed the incident at the World Cup between Australia, Scotland and Craig Joubert!

So no victors, a shared series, but I think the Lions fans will be the happier!

My MOTM, and my Man of the series -  Maro Itoje, I'm pretty sure there were multiple Maro's out there. Has Gatland perfected cloning?