All Blacks 15 – 15 British and Irish Lions
One of the most physical, tense and nail-biting Test matches you will likely ever see.
At half-time, it was 12 – 6 to the All Blacks but Steve Hansen’s side really should have been out of sight as they butchered a number of gilt-edged chances in the opening 40. They still crossed for tries through starting debutants Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett.
The opening try from the All Blacks came through Laumape but it was after a frantic piece of play which began at the other end of the pitch. Owen Farrell, who had an error-strewn first half, had a pass intercepted and the All Blacks brought the play to the other end of the pitch. Beauden Barrett put in a beautiful cross field kick which his younger brother, Jordie, tapped down to Laumape who went over for the try.
The All Blacks’ second try was scored by the younger Barrett brother. The All Blacks had a lineout and from this set piece move, Laumape brought the ball into contact in midfield and unleashed a beautiful offload which set the All Blacks on their way for Barrett to go over in the corner.
In the second half, the main talking point was the yellow card received by Jerome Kaino for striking Alun Wyn Jones in the face. Kaino was off the pitch for 10 minutes and the Lions managed to get a penalty during this time to draw the game at 12-12.
Barrett kicked a penalty in front of the posts to put the All Blacks into the lead but then Farrell levelled proceedings with a mammoth penalty.
There was some controversy at the end with the awarding of a scrum to the All Blacks due to an accidental offside from Ken Owens, many believed it should have been a penalty to the home side.
Nevertheless, it was a drawn game and a drawn series.