Everyone feeling weird but that was a wonderful Lions series

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Everyone feeling weird but that was a wonderful Lions series

"To come to New Zealand and to draw a Test series against the back-to-back world champions is fantastic, particularly how tough the tour was - we were totally written off with the predictions for a three-nil whitewash". 12 years ago, the Lions left the Land of the Long White Cloud a humiliated side whose reputation was left in tatters after they were blown off the park by the All Blacks in a 3-0 whitewash.

"It's better than losing I guess", tour captain Sam Warburton said.

The Lions kicked a 77 minute penalty to level the game 15-all and immediately from the kick-off the All Blacks were awarded a penalty for a Lions offside. "But what we've got to do is help them, not bag them", Hansen said.

There were far too many unforced errors and New Zealand made a whole lot of them to keep the Lions in with a shout.

"All we're asking for is them to do that once every four years". The occasion and the atmosphere tonight is what makes a Lions tour so unique.

Kieran Read appealed to Poite for another penalty, some players dropped to their knees, others congratulated their team-mates and Owen Farrell explained "it's a draw" to one of his fellow Lions. It was a great comeback to grind out a draw in the end.

"I'd also like to thank the many people who volunteered their time to assist Police, including Māori Wardens and Community Patrols".

It is the Lions' first drawn series since 1955, and nobody seemed to know what to make of it.

The All Blacks should win the Bledisloe 3-0
The All Blacks should win the Bledisloe 3-0

Played in flawless conditions, this third Test was a game both sides will reflect on with regret.

He was even mocked up as a clown on the New Zealand Herald back page following the Lions' defeat in the First Test.

They visited the New Zealand 22 but turned the ball over; hooker Jamie George suddenly got the yips.

The Lions boss admitted there were times he hated the 2017 tour of his homeland, where the local media turned criticism personal on a number of occasions. This was the first time the All Blacks had failed to win at Eden Park since 1994; last week's win was the first time they had lost at home since 2009. "Everyone who watched that has learned (and) that will force us to get better at adapting to it".

"I don't mind people criticising me tactically or the way we play but I thought some of the stuff was quite personal and, as a Kiwi, I found that quite challenging to be perfectly honest".

"It goes against the nature of touring Lions teams, so it's probably unrealistic but if it did happen, we're all competitive so we'd love that".

We saw sporadic use of this strategy in the second Test until Sonny Bill Williams was politely asked to leave the pitch.

With 12 minutes remaining Kyle Sinckler was penalised for collapsing a scrum and Barrett edged New Zealand ahead as the intensity grew.

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