The British and Irish Lions pulled off an historic win in Wellington’s Westpac Stadium this morning.
Sonny Bill Williams was sent off early for a dreadful tackle on Anthony Watson, handing Warren Gatland’s side a huge chance to level the series. The visitors couldn’t take advantage until the final minutes but with the pressure on, they made it count.
Owen Farrell and Beauden Barrett traded penalties in the first half and the sides went in level despite the Tourists dominating most of the territory and possession in the early exchanges.
After the break, the Lions managed to produce probably their worst rugby of the tour thus far for twenty minutes. Mako Vunipola’s brainless yellow card looked like the final nail in the coffin but there was soon signs of revival. On the hour mark, Taulupe Faletau hammered his way over the line to bring his side back to within four points.
The hosts managed to keep their heads and stretched their lead once more but Ireland’s Conor Murray was the man to make the difference and came up with a famous try. Farrell kicked a penalty soon after and gave the Lions the three-point lead that they kept to the final whistle. It ended 24-21 and sets up a tantalising clash next week.
With Gatland’s side struggling for so long, fans could scarcely believe it when they turned it around so quickly.
What. A. Game. Everyone ok? pic.twitter.com/V1ht8QDYlt
— Bath Rugby (@bathrugby) July 1, 2017
Bench huge impact, Itoje titanic, DVD a must-buy, excited for next week…
— RussellEarnshaw (@russellearnshaw) July 1, 2017
Anybody still thinking these Lions tours are numbered? They need to be protected & treasured. Nothing else like it.
— Nick Mullins (@andNickMullins) July 1, 2017
Shame, see some of the All Black apologists are out. Give the Lions their due. They deserved it. What a win.
— Brenden Nel (@BrendenNel) July 1, 2017
This is the best sporting occasion I have witnessed.
— Will Kelleher (@willgkelleher) July 1, 2017
Epic test match. Bring on the decider next week!!!
— Zac Guildford (@zacguildford11) July 1, 2017
Next week’s game kicks off at 08:35 in Auckland’s Eden Park.