After 40 years of hurt, Lions stop All Blacks juggernaut

Posted July 10, 2017

All Blacks captain Kieran Read hoped to celebrate his 100th test match with a win which would clinch a series victory over the British and Irish Lions.

Barrett and most of his teammates return to Super Rugby next week.

Owen Farrell had just brought the Lions level at 15-15 with less than two minutes remaining when, from the restart, Liam Williams knocked on in the direction of an offside Ken Owens, who caught and then released the ball as he realised his error. "Go back to the World Cup and the same thing happened where Scotland missed out [on a semi-final] because they didn't use the video", he said.

Saying that "maybe a drawn series was fair", Hansen added: "We played well in the first one, they played well in the second one and we probably did enough to win it and they did enough to hang in. and got a couple of breaks". I'd have liked that.

'His initial instincts were that it was a penalty then he spoke to his team and one of them suggested it was accidental.

Hansen had moments earlier tried to deflect attention away from the controversial decision, attempting to address Poite's call at the start of his post-match press conference and leave it at that.

Nevertheless, the All Blacks can have few genuine complaints after wasting a host of decent try-scoring chances in a ferocious first half.

The Test, he said, was dominated by defence and dotted with mistakes.

"When you go through all the pressure and emotion of the week, it's all geared toward winning".

"It's a really complicated game", Hansen told reporters on yesterday.

"If you look at Romain's instincts it was a penalty", Hansen said. "And the people that are running the game need to ask themselves do we need to make it simpler and my answer would be yes". "I thought Kieran Read".

"Given the schedule, given how tough the tour was, to come to New Zealand and draw the series, you've got to be pretty proud of that", he said.

"And in fairness to the man next to me [Warburton], he's been quite smart and astute he's been able to talk the referee from a penalty into an accidental offside". "We don't turn up on a Saturday and want to draw or want to lose so it feels a little bit that way".