New Zealand tour
Lions share spoils in thrilling end to series
New Zealand 15 (12) British & Irish Lions 15 (6)
Owen Farrell snatched a draw for the Lions and a share of the series, defying speculation that the World Champions would put their northern visitors to the sword.
Farrell’s long-range penalty three minutes from the end added to Elliot Daly’s effort to pull off an unlikely end to the three-test series.
The All Blacks had been installed as clear favourites, and after an easy victory in the first Test it looked certain the prediction would be fulfilled.
The Lions came agonisingly close to winning a series in New Zealand for only the second time in 100 years.
Lions captain Sam Warburton said: “I thought it would have been harsh for either side to lose.”
New Zealand captain Kieran Read added: “I feel pretty hollow. To walk away with a draw doesn’t mean much. [But] in the future I will look back at this with pride.”
Lions boss Warren Gatland, whose team selection had been questioned, said: “Given the schedule, given how tough the tour was, to come to New Zealand and get a draw you’ve got to be proud of that.”
New Zealand boss Steve Hansen said: “It’s come down to the wire and we’ve ended up with one hand on the trophy each, which is a bit like kissing your sister. But it’s been a wonderful advertisement for rugby.”
New Zealand scorers: Tries: Laumape, J Barrett Pens: Barrett 2 Con: Barrett
England scorers: Pens: Farrell 4, Daly 1
Lions: Liam Williams (Wales); Anthony Watson (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Elliot Daly (England); Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Conor Murray (Ireland); Mako Vunipola (England), Jamie George (England) Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) Sam Warburton (capt, Wales), Sean O’Brien (Ireland), Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
Replacements: Ken Owens (Wales), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Kyle Sinckler (England), Courtney Lawes (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), Rhys Webb (Wales), Ben Te’o (England), Jack Nowell (England)
New Zealand: Jordie Barrett; Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Kieran Read.
Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa.