The Lions were faced with a task that looked impossible, beating New Zealand at a ground where they have won 38 games in a row. Their last defeat at Eden Park was in 1994 against South Africa and having been beaten last week in Wellington, New Zealand were looking for vengeance.
The first try came after Jordie Barrett knocked down Beauden Barrett’s crossfield kick to Ngani Laumape – who finished in the corner. After an excellent piece of linkup play between Laumape and Lienert-Brown the ball came to Jordie Barrett who went over for try number two. However, penalties from Farrell kept the Lions in touch.
The second half started perfectly for the Lions with an Elliot Daly penalty making the score 12-9. Farrell then tied the game up with another 3 points but Barrett restored the All Blacks lead with 3 of his own. In the 78th minute, Farrell knocked over a penalty to tie the game up and it looked like a draw was secure but Poite gave a penalty to New Zealand following the restart. Luckily for the Lions the decision was reversed to a scrum and the after a few plays the final whistle blew.
A thrilling series, closer than most expected, was drawn to a close with an anticlimactic ending but it would’ve been harsh for either team to lose. With that let’s look at how the players rated.