By far the biggest game on tour was played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington. The conditions were awful and it was apparent that the kicking game would be a big factor in deciding the outcome.
With the scores tied at 3-3, a dangerous shoulder charge from Sonny Bill Williams on Anthony Watson saw him receive a red card and it was advantage Lions. After Barrett and Farrell traded penalties, the scores were level at 9-9 at halftime.
Barrett kicked the All Blacks 18-9 into the lead and a Mako Vunipola yellow card cancelled the Lions’ one man advantage. However, Faletau beat Israel Dagg in the corner to make the score 18-14 with 20 minutes to go. Barrett kicked again to extend the lead to 7 points but a great finish by Conor Murray and a conversion by Farrell meant the game was level going into the final 10 minutes. With 2 minutes to go Farrell slotted a penalty to give the Lions the lead and a famous victory.
A win against New Zealand is a great achievement but the Lions made hard work of it playing against just 14 men. There is plenty to improve on for the decisive test and with that let’s see how the players rated.