Honours even in NZ-Lions Test classic

Honours even in NZ-Lions Test classic

There was an uncomfortable silence at full-time at Eden Park after the historic series ended one match apiece, with All Blacks captain Kieran Read and Lions counterpart Sam Warburton hoisting the trophy together at the presentation.

Owen Farrell kicked a decisive, late penalty for the second week in succession as the Lions became the first side to deny New Zealand victory at Eden Park since 1994. "It was an unbelievable Test match but if the All Blacks had had a goal kicker in the last two Tests, they would have won".

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has welcomed the "road bumps" his side encountered in the drawn test series against the British and Irish Lions and believes the experience would help them as they build towards the next World Cup.

"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. "We would have been devastated as a group if we had of lost the game from that kick off".

New Zealand could not score from the ensuing phases as the Lions held on for a draw, but Williams and Dawson both felt the wrong call had been made.

"I want to play both positions or wherever the coach wants me to play".

"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". Some really good rugby has been played so maybe a draw was fair'.

"It was a shot to nothing, they'd awarded the penalty".

'We all know what happened and what should have happened but at the end of the day it's a game, ' said Hansen. Probably didn't score the points when we created the opportunities. "You're right, there's too many avenues that you can go down; but that's not the ref's fault either, that's the rulebook".

"But as little kids you are told to take the good with the bad".

"Going back to the World Cup, the same thing happened and Scotland missed out because they didn't use the video".

"This time they had a video and a pow-wow". The ref's initial instincts were that it was a penalty, then he spoke to his team of three and one suggested it was accidental.

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