Auckland - Owen
Farrell scored a long-range penalty three minutes from time as the
British and Irish Lions drew 15-15 with the All Blacks to tie a series
for only the second time in their history on Saturday.
As it happened: All Blacks v British & Irish Lions
New Zealand, who haven't lost at Eden Park for 23 years, were
aggrieved when a last-minute penalty for offside within kicking range
was overruled after a video review.
All Blacks fullback Jordie Barrett, in his first Test start, set up
one try and scored another in the opening half, in what were to be the
third and final Test's only tries.
It was 12-12 with 20 minutes left before a Beauden Barrett penalty
restored the All Blacks' lead - only for Farrell to knock one over from
48 metres to make it 15-15 on 77 minutes.
Farrell finished the night with 12 points from four penalty kicks,
while Elliott Daly also booted a huge effort from his own half for the
Lions just after half-time.
Warren Gatland's Lions, who were given no chance against the world
champions early in their tour, can feel vindicated with the series
result, although neither side was entirely happy.
In 129 years of touring, it was the Lions' first drawn series against
New Zealand, and only the second in their history after they finished
2-2 against South Africa in 1955.
"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," said All Blacks
coach Steve Hansen.
"As little kids we are told to take the good with the bad and we have
to do that," he added, referring to the late penalty reversal.
"It's a decision the ref has made and we will live with it."
Lions captain Sam
Warburton, who lifted the trophy with his opposite number Kieran Read,
said: "I'm not sure what to make of that really - I was getting ready
for extra time."
The All Blacks bossed the first half and they led 12-6 at the break,
but the Lions struck back with two penalties from Daly and Farrell to
level the scores at 12-12.
In a frantic final 20 minutes, the All Blacks regained the lead after
Wyatt Crockett forced a scrum collapse, allowing Beauden Barrett to put
them ahead 15-12 with the penalty.
But their slim lead evaporated on 77 minutes when Farrell, also the
Lions' hero in last week's 24-21 victory when he kicked the winning
points, landed another crucial penalty.
The All Blacks, 30-15 winners in the first Test, were clearly stung
by losing the second Test last week in Wellington, and they began the
match at a furious pace.
After a helter-skelter opening 10 minutes, Daly beat Israel Dagg in
the air to take the Lions up to the New Zealand line, only for the two
rookie All Blacks to turn defence into points.
An intercept by Jordie Barrett set Laumape racing 80 metres before he was cut down from behind by Jonathan Davies.
From a resulting scrum, Beauden Barrett kicked across field for his
brother Jordie to leap high and instinctively palm the ball back to
Laumape for the opening try.
The Lions replied with a
penalty to Farrell, but their time in All Blacks territory was limited
and it was only poor handling by the New Zealanders that eased the
pressure on the tourists.
When the Lions did get within striking range they made it count, with
Farrell adding a second penalty to close within one point before Jordie
Barrett scored the All Blacks' second try.
In the countdown to half-time, Brodie Retallick won an untidy lineout
and the All Blacks went wide for Barrett to score in space on the
A third penalty to the Lions, this time a 52-metre shot from Daly,
lifted the Lions at the start of the second half, and Farrell's third
successful kick, also from distance, put them level with 20 minutes
Barrett stroked the All Blacks back in front 15-12 with 13 minutes
left, before Farrell levelled the scores for the final time, ultimately
squaring what was a riveting series.
In the final minute, the All Blacks won a penalty within range for a
Ken Owens offside, only for referee Romain Poite to rule the offence
accidental and reduce the punishment to a scrum.
"Maybe it's the right result for the series. Both teams played well
in patches and tonight we just couldn't be split," said All Blacks
skipper Read, who was playing his 100th Test.
"It's just one of those ones - I don't know what to feel, it's a funny one."
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Substitutes: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa
British and Irish Lions
15 Liam Williams (Scarlets/WAL), 14 Anthony Watson (Bath/ENG), 13 Jonathan Davies (Scarlets/WAL), 12 Owen Farrell (Saracens/ENG), 11 Elliot Daly (Wasps/ENG), 10 Johnny Sexton (Leinster/IRL), 9 Conor Murray (Munster/IRL), 8 Taulupe Faletau (Bath/ENG), 7 Sean O'Brien (Leinster/IRL), 6 Sam Warburton (captain, Cardiff/WAL), 5 Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys/WAL), 4 Maro Itoje (Saracens/ENG), 3 Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/IRL), 2 Jamie George (Saracens/ENG), 1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens/ ENG)
Substitutes: 16 Ken Owens (Scarlets/WAL), 17 Jack McGrath (Leinster/IRL), 18 Kyle Sinckler(Harlequins/ENG), 19 Courtney Lawes (Northampton/ENG), 20 CJ Stander (Munster/IRL), 21 Rhys Webb (Ospreys/WAL), 22 Ben Te'o (Worcester/ENG), 23 Jack Nowell (Exeter/ENG)