Highlights: It’s a draw! 15-15, All Blacks and Lions can’t be split

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    The All Blacks and British and Irish Lions have drawn the third Test at Eden Park in a tense and thrilling encounter 15 points apiece, and have subsequently drawn the 2017 Lions series.

    It was a fast paced and furious affair as both sides threw everything they had into this deciding Test match as it went down to the wire.

    The All Blacks dominated the opening exchanges, starting at a furious pace as they kept the Lions pinned in their half, the eventual pressure telling as a cross kick from Beauden Barrett was slapped back by his brother Jordie for Ngani Laumepe to scoop up and open the scoring, which Beauden duly converted for the early lead after the first quarter.

    The Lions, however, would claw their way back into the match, both sides looking to play expansively but neither executing well and two penalties to Owen Farrell saw the All Blacks with a slender one-point lead heading into the shadows of halftime before an attacking raid from the All Blacks.

    Anton Leinert-Brown ran onto a superb offload from Laumepe to set Jordie Barrett free to score on debut and the All Blacks led at halftime by 12 points to 6.

    The Lions would turn up the heat in the second half, an early penalty from the kick off by Elliot Daly from a staggering 55 meters set the tone and the Lions would again work their way back into the match.

    Another Owen Farrell penalty locked the scores up as both sides struggled at times with the defensive pressure.

    A yellow card to Jerome Kaino stalled the All Blacks momentum after catching Alan Wyn Jones high –
    pivotal for the Lions as they kept the New Zealanders at bay.

    An All Blacks penalty from a collapsed scrum saw Beauden Barrett break the deadlock however with five minutes to go.

    Farrell nailed another penalty from 45 out to lock the game up, and the Lions were good enough to hold out a final onslaught from the All Blacks, forcing the New Zealanders out five meters from the line to finish the match.

    It was tense and at times brutal and neither side will be completely satisfied with the final result, execution letting both sides down at crucial moments.

    Of course, the usual referring controversies will surround the match, but it was a fantastic contest and in the end probably a fair result overall to cap off what has been a fantastic series.

    A Rotundity and happy ex hooker who just loves Rugby really, oh and my kids and Kendra of course who lets me watch as much Rugby as I want, mostly. Follow Digby Ross on Twitter @Diggercane.

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    • Roar Guru

      July 8th 2017 @ 7:37pm
      biltongbek said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:37pm | ! Report

      Never thought I would say this, but Kieran Read is not a very gracious captain.

      The interviewer also didn’t help with those leading question which basically insinuating poor decisions against the All Blacks.

      Anyway, great final test.

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:39pm
        Redsback said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:39pm | ! Report

        I was keen to see how the ABs might respond if they lost. This gave us a good insight. All of that being said, the decision not to take away the penalty at the end after the TMO had confirmed it was bizarre. How does Poite get these games?

        • July 8th 2017 @ 7:49pm
          Jutsie said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

          Yeah I was hoping lions would win and it wouldve been a terrible way to end the series but that has always been a penalty, poite chickened out.
          Lions shouldve gone for a lineout with their last penalty. The draw would feel more hollow than losing in a positive fashion

          • July 8th 2017 @ 7:56pm
            BlackWave said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:56pm | ! Report

            I reckon you need to start jumping deliberately into the tackle at the end of games. Maybe that’ll work?

            • July 8th 2017 @ 8:05pm
              Rock said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:05pm | ! Report

              If you mean jumping for a ball that’s in the air, then yeah go for it.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 8:09pm
                BlackWave said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:09pm | ! Report

                I mean catching the ball, running 10 metres with ball in hand and then jump into the player. You know, the Lions way?

              • July 8th 2017 @ 8:11pm
                Rock said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:11pm | ! Report

                Yes, that’s exactly what happened…….

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:03pm
                Neil Back said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:03pm | ! Report

                You, and any that follow like you (and they surely will), should simply p*ss off my friend. And while you’re p*ssing off, try and learn some lessons from the fantastic supporters from both sides that enjoyed that fantastic festival of rugby for what it was.

                Small minded t*sser.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 10:18pm
                ebop said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:18pm | ! Report

                Sacre Bleu

            • July 8th 2017 @ 8:22pm
              soapit said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:22pm | ! Report

              reid has a long history of flying recklessly into collisions with the tiniest pretence of contesting a catch

              • July 9th 2017 @ 12:29am
                Jemainok said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:29am | ! Report

                Watch his eyes Soapit he only has eyes for the ball.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 6:19am
                soapit said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:19am | ! Report

                you think he’s not well practiced enough to look at the ball? he’s got 100 tests under his belt

              • July 9th 2017 @ 4:14pm
                ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 4:14pm | ! Report

                oh dear

              • July 9th 2017 @ 5:30pm
                soapit said | July 9th 2017 @ 5:30pm | ! Report

                yes dear?

              • July 9th 2017 @ 6:08pm
                ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:08pm | ! Report

                who are you calling dear darling

            • July 8th 2017 @ 11:56pm
              ThugbyFan said | July 8th 2017 @ 11:56pm | ! Report

              Black Mouth, Neil has said it all in his answer and I totally agree with him. I honestly can’t believe that people who are totally ignorant of the Rugby Laws have got the gall to blog their incorrect one-eyed rubbish on this site.

              Just take your hand off it for a short while, relax, think of Nirvana, toss away those Anger pills, accept that in sport there are two teams in the contest and no-one Not even yours is entitled to win every match. Now doesn’t that feel better? Nope! don’t put your hand back as the Pope tells us You will go Blind. Relax, relax!!! πŸ™‚

          • July 8th 2017 @ 8:04pm
            Rod said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

            I thought Read should have been penalised for crashing into Williams. It appeared to me he was not contesting the ball, but the man contesting the ball. Yeah he waved his hand in the air as if he was.but it looked like he was no where near being in position to catch that ball

            • July 8th 2017 @ 8:55pm
              ozinsa said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

              I agree. It was a bizarre manner to reach a decision but, on balance, and with the series at stake, the accidental offside was as good as could have been expected. He clearly didn’t seek an advantage from catching he ball in front and in fact dropped it as soon as his reflex reaction was considered. Read’s challenge 50:50 a penalty. No penalty the best outcome. I know there will be naysayers but I think this match was well refereed and again contributed to a fine match.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:24pm
                double agent said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:24pm | ! Report

                ozinsa – that is not how the rule works. Btw he dropped it because he knew he was offside.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 3:07am
                mtiger said | July 9th 2017 @ 3:07am | ! Report

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              • Roar Rookie

                July 9th 2017 @ 12:02am
                DubaiKiwi said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:02am | ! Report

                interesting the short memories all the Australians have, they won a penalty against Scotland world cup for exactly the same thing, accidental offside, yet are happy to deride the All Black fans for wanting the penalty.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 8:57am
                Max Power said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:57am | ! Report

                Dubaikiwi, and the Scots scored a try from a charge down off a scrum for an incorrectly awarded accidental off-side which should have been a penalty for off-side. If the ref gave the correct decision the Wallabies kick down field for a line out and the whole game changes, Scotland probably don’t score and likely never really get close to the Wallabies. But you don’t hear that Scots complaining about that incorrect decision.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 4:35pm
                ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

                Correct Max and also you did not hear the Scots complaining about the terribly unnecessary and inept play by Australia which gifted Scotland a try allowing them to take the lead late in the match long after the incident you refer to.

            • July 8th 2017 @ 9:07pm
              Jerry said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:07pm | ! Report

              So the outstretched hand that missed the ball by a couple of inches wasn’t contesting then?

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:09pm
                soapit said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:09pm | ! Report

                given if he caught it it would have been an all time classic catch probably not

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:13pm
                Jerry said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

                Hardly relevant given he was trying to tap it back. He was clearly contesting the kick and almost got it.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:21pm
                soapit said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:21pm | ! Report

                but ended up missing it completely and knocking heavily into the player in correct catching position while in the air.

                “was close enough to almost able to tap it back” is a very low threshold for a supposed genuine attempt at contesting vs a genuine attempt at colliding with the opposition. he’s got away with it before and apparently this time so why not continue tho

              • July 9th 2017 @ 12:36am
                Jemainok said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:36am | ! Report

                Soapit he is allowed to compete for the ball. His arm only misses the ball because he comes into contact with L Williams. L Williams does not have all rights to the ball he is in a geniune contest with Read for the ball, and neither takes their eyes off the ball at any stage.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:24pm
                Jerry said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:24pm | ! Report

                Almost getting the ball is sufficient proof of realistically contesting the ball, yes. Which, as per IRB recommendations, isn’t a penalty.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:24pm
                double agent said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:24pm | ! Report

                Agree Jerry

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:32pm
                soapit said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

                you sure your not just making up this irb recommendation? got a link?

                would think the degree of permissible contact should be measured the llielihood of success the catch, perhaps its just another area the ab’s are ahead of the rulebook on. as i said he’s been doing it for yonks so its probably safely within the grey area of the rules.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:38pm
                Jerry said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:38pm | ! Report

                IRB Law guidelines

                Challenging players in the air – Law 10.4(i)

                Play on – Fair challenge with both players in a realistic position to catch the ball. Even if the player(s) land(s) dangerously, play on

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:54pm
                Ash said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:54pm | ! Report

                There was no fair challenge. Reid Was no where near the ball. He just took the guy out.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 10:26pm
                soapit said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:26pm | ! Report

                seems conclusive in proving me right jerry, a tap back isnt the same as catching it and reid was never a realistic chance of catching it

              • July 9th 2017 @ 7:41am
                PB said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:41am | ! Report

                It wasn’t a serious attempt. It was a show, top gamesmanship, but he was not chance a anything but taking the player.
                That was clearly the earliest offence, ABs had plenty of chances to win, fair result.

                But if NZ stays disgruntled about it for months, that’s good, more chance of a change of government.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 7:49am
                Riccardo said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:49am | ! Report

                Can’t believe you guys are even debating this.

                Read is clearly after the ball.

                Williams, who has had a pretty good tour but wasn’t as good last night fell crumpled to the floor and would have been carded in soccer. The second rime in this match. Disappointing as I rate the young.man.

                The retreating, and offside, Sinkler cradles the ball in his left arm before realising he’s in trouble and releases it.

                Truth is the All Blacks were awful and lucky not to lose because of it, but let’s not make stuff up.

                Poite showed some serious shortcomings himself last night. He needs to work better with his TMO rather than listen to either Captain.

                A tough result for All Black fans. Our halves created but we were rushed in our execution and probably left a couple of tries out there because of it.

                Surprised to see our dominant scrum cop such harsh treatment too.

                Highlight for me was Jordies debut. We may have found the next Ben Smith.

                As much as it pains me to say it a draw might be a fair reflection of this tour and a wonderful result for the excellent Lions fans who have winged their way round half the globe

              • July 9th 2017 @ 8:10am
                soapit said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:10am | ! Report

                nah riccardo, tried to get as close as he could to get the ball but made sure he made heavy contact in the air as his backup plan if he missed. if ur going to do that you have to be a realistic chance at catching it which completely missing with an outstretched arm suggests he wasnt

              • July 9th 2017 @ 8:18am
                Jerry said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:18am | ! Report

                https://68.media.tumblr.com/98825a075f4939f36abc120cce17608a/tumblr_osslpn6yAi1sg3nzko1_1280.png

                I’d say that’s a pretty fine margin of ‘not realistic’. And I’ve never seen any ref or decision distinguish between catch or tap back. If you get the ball, you’re competing for it, surely.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 8:27am
                rebel said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:27am | ! Report

                Jerry the picture clearly shows a fair contest. There were tap backs from both sides all night.
                Catching has never been the ruling.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 8:45am
                soapit said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:45am | ! Report

                is that as close as he got jerry? half a foot away with his back turned?

                jerry as i said with heavy contact i’d like clean misses to be penalised and the rules allow for that. happens too much that a 1% chance gets used as an excuse for someone clattering into a catcher in perfect position. reids not alone but he was a pioneer from restarts (along with habana in general play).

                not going to get into past examples as it will take so much time and i may well be wrong anyway but i think safe to say a lot of it rests in the luck of how the catcher reaction to the collision looks (if they happen to fall awkwardly).

                rebel please dont get involved in my discussions. it will make it hard to follow your wish for me to not speak to you. perhaps just focus on your continuing efforts to make this somehow all about big bad australia.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 10:41am
                rebel said | July 9th 2017 @ 10:41am | ! Report

                Sorry, your discussions? I will ask permission next time I comment on the Roar or have an opinion on a topic that occurs in every rugby match.
                Also please point out where I have said any thing about Australia being bad. I am Australian, I follow the All Blacks, I have directed my comments at some Wallaby fans, except for the one where I forgot to say some. I have commented many times in support of Australian rugby and the desire for 5 strong Oz super rugby sides. Of course in your blinkered effort to paint all kiwis as having a chip you fail to see any of this.
                Congrats on getting so much wrong in one small paragraph, at least you refrained from the name calling.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 10:03am
                Jerry said | July 9th 2017 @ 10:03am | ! Report

                Ah well, if you don’t think that’s a realistic attempt, we’ll have to agree to disagree.

                It’s not a zero sum game, you can make a realistic attempt and miss the ball.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 10:47am
                Pablo said | July 9th 2017 @ 10:47am | ! Report

                If the infringement was accidental (e.g. a player receives a forward pass without intending to be in an offside position) then a scrum is awarded at the location of infringement.
                Poite was 100% right. Also Reid is 5 yards ahead of the kicker.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 12:48pm
                soapit said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

                yep happy with that jerry, i would like them to emphasise protecting receiving catchers more as its been a bit of a bugbear of mine. dont reckon in this day and age you can police by trying to read peoples minds and i think the primary aim in this professional age is at least as much to disrupt the catcher than genuinely tap back or catch, which i really dislike.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 1:04pm
                Jusy said | July 9th 2017 @ 1:04pm | ! Report

                Way too many “refs” on this website who clearly know more than actual experts.

                Why can’t we accept it was a draw and a great game, as a kiwi supporter I wasn’t thrilled by the result but it is what it is. Nothing is achieved by analysing it play by play.

                Soapit perhaps instead of criticising games involving NZ maybe you should focus on how woeful rugby is in Australia… Or shall us kiwi supporters come on here and rip in to the wallabies next month ? No doubt you will complain about the exploits of the AB’s then too.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 5:33pm
                soapit said | July 9th 2017 @ 5:33pm | ! Report

                or maybe it makes more sense to discuss the topic that the article is based around ie a nz lions test. by all means go write an article on your preferred topic and i’ll think about commenting on it.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 6:47pm
                ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:47pm | ! Report

                Gee this game of rugby of ours is getting harder and harder to play by the week.

                Apparently there is now a position called “correct catching position” you need to be in before you can attempt to play the ball.

                Riccardo…I can absolutely believe this is being debated and it is no surprise that one particular poster is on the front foot.

                Jerry . It is clearly a realistic attempt.You have provided the relevant law. Any reasonable person would accept that, in the context of the law, a realistic attempted tap back is a fair challenge for possession, unless one has an axe to grind. Don’t know what else you can do support your view.

                Ash and Pablo…suggestion…make more use of your pause and frame advance buttons on whatever player you are using.

              • July 10th 2017 @ 6:44am
                soapit said | July 10th 2017 @ 6:44am | ! Report

                rebel seeing you are apparently incapable of adhering to your “i’m not talking to soapit” rule im going to have to step up for you and not give you any further response. i will say again you not jumping into discussions i am having with others will help me help you in future.

              • July 10th 2017 @ 6:49am
                soapit said | July 10th 2017 @ 6:49am | ! Report

                clarke your post contained nothing that surprised me either. perhaps you arent the independent arbitrator you believe yourself to be tho.

              • July 10th 2017 @ 10:33am
                ClarkeG said | July 10th 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

                Soap…(I believe myself to be an independent arbitrator?? )…gee is that your best childish quip you can think of.

                You have an axe to grind…I’m going to spare myself the need to paste the comments you made.

                You are simply being pedantic. That is my opinion of your view of proceedings.

              • July 10th 2017 @ 12:45pm
                soapit said | July 10th 2017 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

                clarke, please dont let my disinterest in your opinions regarding me stop you from sharing them yet again in future, i’m sure its doing some good on your end. i have similarly non existent interest in discussing these opinions with you so i’ll leave you with them

            • July 9th 2017 @ 4:21pm
              ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 4:21pm | ! Report

              Yet Read was in a position to tap the ball back which is what he attempted to do.

              Clearly he never attempted to catch the ball.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 5:34pm
                soapit said | July 9th 2017 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

                he wasnt in a position to do that. he was in a position to come within half a foot of having a chance to do that.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 6:51pm
                ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:51pm | ! Report

                pedantic carping

              • July 10th 2017 @ 6:53am
                soapit said | July 10th 2017 @ 6:53am | ! Report

                i believe that thats your opinion. im sorry if insisting on statements being accurate is too pedantic for you. im sure it not suiting your argument probably makes it seem a little more pedantic tho

        • July 8th 2017 @ 8:12pm
          Inman said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:12pm | ! Report

          I feel for the All Blacks, and the refereeing decisions through the series. The French referees seem pedantic to the letter of the law and yet in that final decision, the referee was lenient. Any other day, the penalty would have been given. One can’t help but feel, that if it was the Lions at the other end of the field and the All Blacks accidently knocked on into another of their own players, the penalty would have given. Poor decision by the ref.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 9:04pm
            superba said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:04pm | ! Report

            The other poor decision by the ref was the first penalty to NZ against Lions 6
            BB missed from.in front .

            • July 8th 2017 @ 9:08pm
              Jerry said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:08pm | ! Report

              The other poor decision was not playing any advantage on that accidental/not accidental offside, cause the AB’s had the ball in the Lions 22.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 9:13pm
                Chivas said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:13pm | ! Report

                I agree Jerry I would have liked to see that go on as Feks had it in good position. So we got dudded out of a potential tru scoring opportunity to have it called back for s penalty which ended up being a scrum.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 10:29pm
            His Bobness said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:29pm | ! Report

            Exactly. You would never have heard the end of it from Garland & the whingeing UK media had the Lions had a potentially match/winning penalty decision reversed in the final minute. Criminally incompetent refereeing

            • July 9th 2017 @ 12:43am
              FunBus said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:43am | ! Report

              I think given the epic toddler’s hissy fit we’re witnessing here, but even more on the Kiwi blogs, we can put the ‘whining pommie’ stuff to bed now. We’re mere amateurs.

              • Roar Guru

                July 9th 2017 @ 5:59pm
                taylorman said | July 9th 2017 @ 5:59pm | ! Report

                No I still respect you as fully fledged professionals in that area. We’ve a long way to go, though I dont see many clearly pinning the blame solely on the Ref.

                Most have taken the stance that the ABs just didn’t take their chances and are merely discussing the incident as it was an odd one, particularly with the ref having his penalty arm up for so long, requesting and having the penalty confirmed by the TMO, then just out of the blue changing it to a scrum?

                I mean what’s that about?

              • July 9th 2017 @ 6:51pm
                Cop it said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:51pm | ! Report

                Remove the laws and look at fair reprimands for allowing fair advantage. ABs kick off, lions player is lifted in the air, ball dropped because an AB player crashed into his back (but he had his hand in the air so contesting it lol) lions player touched ball that landed on his chest. There’s a lot of 50/50 in that 5 seconds. Which player acted with intent to infringe the laws? I’ll give you a tip he’s from the team that are taught to do it while their PR team talk about humble, mystic warriors

              • July 9th 2017 @ 7:25pm
                Mapu said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

                And that is the point…right or wrong a frech manbailed out

              • July 9th 2017 @ 7:13pm
                ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:13pm | ! Report

                Taylor it appears now there is evidence that Garces made some input. Poite then changed his mind.

                The French connection.

            • July 9th 2017 @ 8:59am
              Jerry said | July 9th 2017 @ 8:59am | ! Report

              Ahaha, can you imagine if the tables were turned and Poite had changed his mind on a penalty against NZ? I’m sure it would have been accepted without comment by the NH media and fans…not to mention the ‘neutrals’.

        • July 8th 2017 @ 8:39pm
          Noodles said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:39pm | ! Report

          ABs can complain about the last penalty of the game which they should have had. Lions about the first, which gave the ABs 3 points they should not have had.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 9:01pm
            Inman said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:01pm | ! Report

            If the referee is going to be pedantic then go to rule 11.7 which specifically pertains to offside following a ‘knock on’. And according to this rule, where offside follows a knock on there is no provision for an ‘accidental’ consideration and the only sanction is a penalty. The All Blacks should have got the penalty.

            • July 8th 2017 @ 9:09pm
              Redsback said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:09pm | ! Report

              I think he must have been afraid to award it after Craig Joubert correctly penalised Scotland for it in the QF of the World Cup. It was an extremely unlucky penalty in that case, but it was the correct call. Poite should be downgraded as a result of that decision. He’s not up to it in my opinion.

            • July 8th 2017 @ 9:33pm
              Osmosis said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:33pm | ! Report

              @Inman. Yes and no in my opinion. 11.7 says it is a penalty only “if playing the ball prevented an opponent from gaining an advantage”. So the question is, did Owens’ playing the ball prevent the all blacks from gaining an advantage. For me this is debatable – take for example this situation: 10 passes to 12 12 knocks it on, 13 dives on it. Normally in such a situation the re would just bring play back for the scrum. I think you can look at poite’s penalty in the same way.

            • July 9th 2017 @ 3:28pm
              Old One Eye said | July 9th 2017 @ 3:28pm | ! Report

              You might want to read that again. As with all sections of the offside rule that subclause allows for circumstances where contact with the ball is unavoidable which is where accidental offside comes into consideration. It is similar to the ball carrier running into a team mate in an off side position, if the “off side” player is judged to be preventing the defence from getting at the ball carrier it is a penalty, if it is a case of he couldn’t get out of the way fast enough then it is just a scrum to the defence. That exact scenario occurred in the first half with the All Blacks in possession and was correctly a scrum feed to the Lions not a penalty.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 3:38pm
                Jerry said | July 9th 2017 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

                Yeah…except this sort of incident hasn’t been ruled as accidental offside for years. If it hit Owens and he did nothing, maybe. But he put an arm out and caught it. It’s offside, and if the same thing happens in a game next week it’ll be a penalty just like it would have been if it had happened 10 minutes earlier in this match.

                Anyone who doesn’t think Poite let the fact it was a series deciding call affect his decision is dreaming.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 9:22pm
            timber said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:22pm | ! Report

            The ABs didn’t get 3 points from the first penalty, Barrett missed.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 10:36pm
            Dave said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:36pm | ! Report

            Well since they didn’t get the three points it is moot isn’t it , wazzock

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:43pm
        Dr katz said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:43pm | ! Report

        I thought the sun shone out of his ar$e like rutchies… maybe not

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:47pm
        Jutsie said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:47pm | ! Report

        He complained about another team doing everything to slow the ball down when his team was trying to play fast rugby….pot meet kettle.

        • July 8th 2017 @ 7:50pm
          Ash said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:50pm | ! Report

          Yeah that was poor as was how he back handing the ref. That’s our job.

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:58pm
        Bill said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:58pm | ! Report

        I can’t agree with you BB. He was dealing with an absurd situation having the win ripped away by an absurd decision by an absurd Frenchman.

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2017 @ 11:02pm
          biltongbek said | July 8th 2017 @ 11:02pm | ! Report

          What was the absurd decision?

          The ruling of accidental offside?

      • July 8th 2017 @ 8:06pm
        Ian said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:06pm | ! Report

        Have to disagree. I thought he handled himself pretty well considering some of the awkward questions being asked. Ian Smith should stick to cricket.

        • July 9th 2017 @ 12:50pm
          Grotto said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

          +1

          The commentator was urging Read to have a crack and he restrained himself. Thought he was pretty gracious actually… “Maybe it’s a fair reflection of the series” or words to that effect…

      • July 8th 2017 @ 8:20pm
        Chivas said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:20pm | ! Report

        Sad that that was your takeaway from. the game BB. Not particularly gracious or understanding comment on your part either.

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2017 @ 11:02pm
          biltongbek said | July 8th 2017 @ 11:02pm | ! Report

          We agree to disagree

          • July 9th 2017 @ 12:38am
            Jemainok said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:38am | ! Report

            BB he was upset we have all been there.

            • July 9th 2017 @ 9:30am
              Thinking man said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:30am | ! Report

              But he’s a robot..he is not allowed to be upset, dissaponted or speak how he feels!

              • Roar Guru

                July 9th 2017 @ 4:41pm
                biltongbek said | July 9th 2017 @ 4:41pm | ! Report

                I am a robot too, for every 1000 positives I say, I am never permitted to criticise an All Black, it is in my programming.

                Reminds me of home, we’re not allowed to criticise transformation players.

      • Roar Rookie

        July 8th 2017 @ 8:45pm
        Kirky said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:45pm | ! Report

        Biltongbek! ~ Kieran Read is a gentleman of the game and that Interviewer did his level best to get him to admit the Lions cheated, but he hung on in there and just let his body language do it for him, so good on him for that, because if he had admitted it verbally he’d have been out of the game for yonks!

        I don’t know how you make your judgement of good games and bad games mate, but that game was an absolute shocker, engineered by the terrible method of play by the Lions and the crap they were allowed to get away with by poor Refereeing, ~ so you’re easy pleased if you sit at the keyboard and let us all know that it was “a great final Test”!!

        • July 8th 2017 @ 10:41pm
          FunBus said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:41pm | ! Report

          Kirky, without wishing to be unkind, I’ve come to the conclusion you wouldn’t recognise a good game of rugby if it jumped up and bit you. Some of the, frankly, near insane whining and ramblings of Kiwis in this series has been a real eye-opener. It’s even weirder if you venture onto Kiwi blogs.

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2017 @ 11:01pm
          biltongbek said | July 8th 2017 @ 11:01pm | ! Report

          We obviously don’t agree on anything today, let’s leave it at that.

          • July 9th 2017 @ 7:23am
            Rock said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:23am | ! Report

            Funny hearing ‘the things the lions got away with’, coming from AB supporters whose team constantly slows the ball illegally – it’s just the Lions done it better this time.

      • Roar Rookie

        July 8th 2017 @ 9:25pm
        System of a Downey Jr said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:25pm | ! Report

        Still – wasn’t as bad as Gavin Hastings reaction calling for Jourbert to be fired from all international rugby, now that was a reaction!

        • July 8th 2017 @ 10:42pm
          double agent said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:42pm | ! Report

          Great call SOADJr!!!!!

        • July 9th 2017 @ 12:07am
          Ken Catchpole's Other. Leg said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:07am | ! Report

          Its only early, SOaDJ.

          • July 9th 2017 @ 7:08am
            soapit said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:08am | ! Report

            yep cant see poite returning to nz for a while at the minimum

            • July 9th 2017 @ 7:22pm
              ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:22pm | ! Report

              No not at all. He is welcome any time. Can’t say the same for one or two posters from this forum however. πŸ™‚

              • July 10th 2017 @ 6:55am
                soapit said | July 10th 2017 @ 6:55am | ! Report

                wanna make a call when he’ll be next reffing an ab home game?

                your emoticon didnt come thru btw. not sure if that changes the final sentence tone

      • July 8th 2017 @ 10:01pm
        Rebellion said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

        Warren Gatland has been treated disgracefully by the Kiwi’s and NZ media over the lest few months and he’s made them look like fools. Against a superior AB squad, it goes to show he is a superior coach to Hansen who has also behaved poorly (no surprises there)
        The NZRFU would be crazy not to do everything they can to lure Gatland Home now
        All else aside – this has been the quality of rugby I’d almost forgotten about. The All Blacks have almost exclusively been carrying the code these past few years and I’m sure their fans would’ve been loving the contest

        • July 9th 2017 @ 1:59am
          Kiss my asd said | July 9th 2017 @ 1:59am | ! Report

          He will never make a good coach for the AB’s. Hell it took four country’s to even come close to beating the AB’s
          Real coaches only need one

          • July 9th 2017 @ 9:33am
            Neil Back said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:33am | ! Report

            Well.

            It’s really only three in reality. Scotland didn’t help much. And they didn’t come close, they did. And having weeks to form a cogent side opposed to the years and the dynasties Hansen’s had available to him is hardly a comparison. And let’s not finally forget New Zealand also had home advantage. Bring the show to games at Twickenham, the Aviva and the Millennium and you could well be taking your hubris home with you.

            • July 9th 2017 @ 9:46am
              Chivas said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:46am | ! Report

              I tend to agree. ABs had the advantage which has to be worth points. I wouldn’t be against an AB tour of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland culminating in tests against the Lions.

              And regardless of the advantage it is still pretty awesome that a single country can put up a team against the best from four of the top rugby nations in the world and either foot it with them or go better.

              I have great respect for the Lions and their legacy. But I also have massive respect for the ABs and the levels they have set and maintained over decades.

            • July 9th 2017 @ 7:31pm
              ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

              The Lions don’t play series at home in the UK do they. Until they do I guess there is little point bringing up them having any home advantage.

        • July 9th 2017 @ 7:24pm
          ClarkeG said | July 9th 2017 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

          Treated disgracefully….oh get over your self.

    • July 8th 2017 @ 7:38pm
      Rhys Bosley said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:38pm | ! Report

      Well hats off to Gatland, I didn’t think he had it on him but he coached the Lions to their best result in NZ since 1971. This has to put him in contention to succeed Hanson.

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:45pm
        ThedarknessFan said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:45pm | ! Report

        so winning 1 game and drawing 1 game makes Gatland the next All Blacks coach? I don’t think so.

        • July 8th 2017 @ 7:46pm
          Ruckin' Oaf said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:46pm | ! Report

          The current coach just drew 1 and won 1 too πŸ™‚

          • July 8th 2017 @ 9:19pm
            Warugby said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:19pm | ! Report

            Throw in a few Bledisloe Cups, RC, and two world cups….Gatland has a few trophies to catch up on

            • July 8th 2017 @ 9:31pm
              double agent said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:31pm | ! Report

              Churlish.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 10:35pm
                His Bobness said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

                Gatland is a one-trick pony. He coaches rush (offside) defence and nothing else. Why his team got away with it from the incompetent French referees is an interesting question.

              • July 9th 2017 @ 9:41am
                Rock said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:41am | ! Report

                Why his team got away with it, what’s that saying about the shoe being on the other foot…

                Seriously, blow up about a decision or two, but please save some face as the AB are the best at pushing the boundaries and getting away with it – that’s why they are the champion team they are!

              • July 9th 2017 @ 2:00am
                Rebellion said | July 9th 2017 @ 2:00am | ! Report

                There are a few ignorant comments being thrown around about Gatland possibly due to sour grapes. Have a look at the style of rugby Wales played at RWC 2011 – he is definitely not a 1-dimensional coach. As for the ‘2 x world cups’ comment – that’s almost as ridiculous as comparing the United States with Fiji in an overall medal count at the Olympics

        • July 8th 2017 @ 7:53pm
          Rhys Bosley said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:53pm | ! Report

          Tew seemed to think he was a strong candidate when interviewed this week.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 8:09pm
            Old Bugger said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:09pm | ! Report

            You don’t know how that man thinks Rhys…..he can be an animal – just ask Dingo….??

          • July 9th 2017 @ 12:11am
            Ken Catchpole's Other. Leg said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:11am | ! Report

            So HisBobness, Shag, in comparison to Gatland, coaches ‘pure as driven snow’ rugby?

            No Warren Ball has bounced today in an entirely new and different direction.
            Good on him.

      • Roar Rookie

        July 8th 2017 @ 8:14pm
        System of a Downey Jr said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:14pm | ! Report

        That’s not a pleasant thought. The ABs already have Foster as assistant based on doing nothing at all with the Chiefs. Only for them to win back-to-back titles after he’s gone. Do not fancy a Gatland-Foster-MacLeod triumvirate.

        • July 8th 2017 @ 8:27pm
          Red Block said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:27pm | ! Report

          no I believe you’ll get a Foster, Rennie, Hansen set up.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 8:35pm
            Old Bugger said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

            Hansen has already declared he’s out and Fozzie needs an RWC win to maintain an inside running. Alarmingly, the NZRU and more particularly Tew, may pull the same card on Rennie, as they did on Cotter…… Someone who wins 3 x U-20 RWC titles plus 2 x SR titles could get nudged for lack of, international coaching success. Go figure….??

          • Roar Rookie

            July 8th 2017 @ 9:22pm
            System of a Downey Jr said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:22pm | ! Report

            I meant once Hansen has gone. I’d rather have Rennie or Schmidt as an AB assistant. Gatland has also gone out of his way in the past to take swipes in the media at New Zealand which isn’t always the best way to endear yourself. Gatland has to realise that the UK press were calling a whitewash before this tour not just NZ media. Some of the UK media is worse than the NZ Herald. Take a bow Daily Express. And Wales Online would be what the NZ Herald is if Wales won 90% of the time. Unbearably smug,

      • Roar Guru

        July 8th 2017 @ 8:35pm
        taylorman said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

        No it doesnt. He needs to come back now. He won’t after this. He doesn’t know NZ rugby at the moment so needs to be part of it.

      • July 8th 2017 @ 10:35pm
        Jemainok said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

        Hope not the guy is Mr excuses. The excuses are for the fans not the AB’s.

    • July 8th 2017 @ 7:41pm
      Swanny said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:41pm | ! Report

      I’m not a rugby fan , but what a great series. Fair result and Kieran Reid is a class act after the game

    • July 8th 2017 @ 7:41pm
      pete said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:41pm | ! Report

      There is going to be a ref belting like never before on here. Really though, the ABs just weren’t up to it. Great game from neutral perspective and well done Lions on drawing the series – thought they’d get done.

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:49pm
        ads2600 said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

        That’s just rubbish really. To say the All Blacks weren’t “up to it”, is a massive disservice to the Lions. The All Blacks played as well as the Lions would let them, which is a credit to the Lions. I think a drawn series is a fair result!

        • July 8th 2017 @ 7:59pm
          pete said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:59pm | ! Report

          I think its a fair result too. The Abs butchered their chances was my point, so they cant bleat about the ref.

          • July 9th 2017 @ 9:35am
            Neil Back said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

            Thinks it’s fair to say the Lions butchered a fair few too

          • Roar Guru

            July 9th 2017 @ 5:22pm
            WEST said | July 9th 2017 @ 5:22pm | ! Report

            Hey Pete, agree with you about the All Blacks. No ref beating necessary, the ABs blew multiple chances through poor ball skills. The ABs usually have a high skill level but lets be honest the All Blacks were way off the mark the whole series, worst part was it was mostly self inflicted with unforced errors.

            The Lions should be disappointed they didn’t make the most of a deteriorated All Blacks team thats misfiring badly! The All Blacks were for the most part under the pump. Because of poor kicking skills by Barrett, at this level you cant afford to miss… Especially when you cant break the oppositions defence. SBW being stupid and the amount of injuries in the backs was getting ridiculous, the Lions had a great chance to claim a win but they didn’t make it easy on themselves either unfortunately.

            After this series the All Blacks will take the next time far more seriously so we don’t end up with this stalemate. So unfortunately for the B&I Lions the next campaign will be far tougher.

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:52pm
        Old Bugger said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:52pm | ! Report

        Funny though when last week, it was 2 tries to zip (against 14 players) and this week its the same but, to the other side…..but this time, the ABs weren’t up to it….?? You can do better than that pete……or perhaps not??

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2017 @ 7:57pm
          Cadfael said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:57pm | ! Report

          Who was red carded from the Lions tonight?

          • July 8th 2017 @ 8:11pm
            Old Bugger said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:11pm | ! Report

            The point is – who wasn’t last week?? And yet, we get a yellow, for a similar incident, this week. Stay up with the play caddie….

            • July 9th 2017 @ 9:36am
              Neil Back said | July 9th 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

              They weren’t similar

              • July 9th 2017 @ 10:05am
                Rock said | July 9th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

                Agreed, one was a shoulder charge, an automatic yellow anyhow, with direct contact to the face – hence the red card.

                Kainos was a reckless attempt of a tackle which connected with the head – hence the yellow only.

        • July 9th 2017 @ 12:41am
          Jemainok said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:41am | ! Report

          OB you know they hold the AB’s to strange standards, that other teams don’t have applied imo.

          • July 9th 2017 @ 4:33am
            FunBus said | July 9th 2017 @ 4:33am | ! Report

            ‘OB you know they hold the AB’s to strange standards, that other teams don’t have applied imo.’

            That must explain why the first sending off of an AB EVER in NZ happened only last week

      • July 8th 2017 @ 8:00pm
        Rock said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:00pm | ! Report

        Yep, queue the ref bashing in 3, 2, 1……

        Actually scratch that, it’s only Aussies who say the ref cost them the game……………

        • July 8th 2017 @ 8:33pm
          soapit said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:33pm | ! Report

          didn’t the kiwi captain just imply it? i know its tough with that chip and all but not everythings about australia

    • July 8th 2017 @ 7:41pm
      Dr katz said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:41pm | ! Report

      Lol. Lots of whinging on the AIGs website – makes them sound like us wallaby supporters. P1ssfunny.

      • July 8th 2017 @ 8:24pm
        blagblah said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:24pm | ! Report

        we’re terrible losers mate. hats off to the lions they surpassed everyones expectations.

    • Roar Guru

      July 8th 2017 @ 7:42pm
      Poth Ale said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:42pm | ! Report

      Congratulations Lions.

      Great finale to what has been a very successful tour for Ireland and Britain.

      Played 10, Won 5, Drew 2 and lost 3.

      Brilliant result for the future of Lions tours.

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:44pm
        Wobbliesarewoeful said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:44pm | ! Report

        Winning half their games is brilliant?

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2017 @ 7:49pm
          Poth Ale said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

          In New Zealand? Absolutely.

          Losing just 3 games? Absolutely.

          Tieing a test series that most predicted would be a 3-0 blackwash to NZ? Absolutely.

          A brilliant result for Lions tours for the future.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 8:07pm
            Bakkies said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:07pm | ! Report

            All the pub talk here was that the Lions were heading home winless

          • July 8th 2017 @ 9:42pm
            Wobbliesarewoeful said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:42pm | ! Report

            I guess that’s why the All Blacks are the best in the world … they’re standards are a lot higher than that …

        • July 8th 2017 @ 7:50pm
          ThedarknessFan said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:50pm | ! Report

          Apparently.

          Its obvious to me a drawn series has somehow eventuated into a win for the lions.

          although , facts remain. NZ still didn’t lose at eden park. still didn’t lose a test series @ home

          and I feel like a wallabie supporter doing this … but…. the ref made some terrible calls, that keep the lions in the game

          anywho 12 more years to see if the lions can manage a series win lol.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 8:03pm
            pete said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:03pm | ! Report

            You can bleat without giving other nations a backhander mate. Just own your sour grapes.

            • July 8th 2017 @ 8:10pm
              ThedarknessFan said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:10pm | ! Report

              What sour grapes?

              A draw is not a series win.
              All Blacks still didn’t lose @ eden park
              All Blacks still didn’t lose a test series in NZ
              French Ref made the incorrect decision on penalty a ruling in last minute of play

              Those are the facts, not grapes pete.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 8:16pm
                bigbaz said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:16pm | ! Report

                But you felt the need to mention the Wallabies, own your own insecurities mate.

              • July 8th 2017 @ 10:44pm
                Opheliacrutchmore said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:44pm | ! Report

                But the ref did make the right decision penalising Reid for pulling the Lions player back that cost the All Blacks 3 points. That was just dumb by Reid

            • July 9th 2017 @ 12:45am
              Jemainok said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:45am | ! Report

              Yet you sort of did something similar. Ironic

          • July 8th 2017 @ 8:05pm
            Tenfour said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:05pm | ! Report

            The lions got more bad decisions go against them than the abs

            • July 8th 2017 @ 8:23pm
              Chivas said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:23pm | ! Report

              Is that your humble biased opinion or fact in which case can you provide detail

            • Roar Rookie

              July 8th 2017 @ 8:56pm
              Kirky said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:56pm | ! Report

              Tenfour! you’re a Pom mate so that’s an obvious reply!

          • July 8th 2017 @ 10:35pm
            Ben Knowles said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

            Darkness. You are the epitome of the relentless whinging coming from AB fans.

            After years of brushing aside anyone else’s ref comments as moaning, finally ABs face some extreme pressure and you are all exposed as moaners as big as any other.

            • Roar Guru

              July 9th 2017 @ 1:11pm
              taylorman said | July 9th 2017 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

              Not all of us Ben, you can’t take ones comments as representative of us all. I thought Poite handled the last decision terribly. I mean he had his arm hanging up on the air for ages, had the TMO confirm that he agreed with his decision as a penalty, then he awards a scrum?

              Don’t even have to be a fan of the sport to know that was a debacle.

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2017 @ 8:18pm
          Diggercane said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:18pm | ! Report

          Yes.

          If New Zealand tied a cricket series in Australia I would be ecstatic. Its a good result for the Lions overall.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 9:36pm
            double agent said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:36pm | ! Report

            Agree Digger. A draw is like a loss for the ABs. Lions won’t be unhappy at all to draw the series.

          • July 8th 2017 @ 10:49pm
            Handles said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:49pm | ! Report

            Better get ’em over here quickly Digger. They would whitewash the series.

            • July 9th 2017 @ 12:22pm
              ThugbyFan said | July 9th 2017 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

              Best of all, they can win the series sinking grog in the grandstand bar. Aussies won’t field a team so 3-0 to the All Whites. πŸ™‚

      • July 8th 2017 @ 7:51pm
        rebel said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

        Congrats Poth to your team and fellow fans. Great series and edge of your seat stuff.
        Even getting a fair whack of Birging from Wallaby fans.
        Enjoy your Guinness.

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2017 @ 7:53pm
          Poth Ale said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:53pm | ! Report

          Cheers Rebel.

          Respect. Meas mΓ³r.

        • July 8th 2017 @ 8:34pm
          soapit said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:34pm | ! Report

          bong

          • July 8th 2017 @ 8:41pm
            rebel said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:41pm | ! Report

            We doing this again?
            Take it easy.

            • July 8th 2017 @ 8:54pm
              soapit said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:54pm | ! Report

              apparently

              will do

      • Roar Guru

        July 8th 2017 @ 7:58pm
        Machooka said | July 8th 2017 @ 7:58pm | ! Report

        Congrats Poth… most deserved πŸ™‚

      • July 8th 2017 @ 8:08pm
        Drongo said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:08pm | ! Report

        The only games that mattered were the tests. Brilliant result for a scratch team touring NZ. Go back and read the predictions after the first couple of tour matches. Even after the second test many New Zealanders predicting a huge win to the All Blacks in this match.
        Now many of them (not all) moan and whine about the referee, again. And also again, it all comes down to a single decision for them. For goodness sakes, get a grip. A brilliant series and a superb result for the Lions. Very disappointing for the All Blacks and Hansen, no doubt. But some genuine self assessment is what is required. Blaming is so easy.

        • July 8th 2017 @ 9:11pm
          Kane said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:11pm | ! Report

          Changed your tune from your gracious apology on the other thread so quickly drongo?

          • July 8th 2017 @ 10:57pm
            Drongo said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:57pm | ! Report

            No, that was someone impersonating me. I have logged in to post now. It was not me Kane, no ‘gracious apology’ because some sad loser is hurting so much they want to pretend they are me.

            • July 8th 2017 @ 11:06pm
              Kane said | July 8th 2017 @ 11:06pm | ! Report

              Ok I believe you

        • July 8th 2017 @ 9:38pm
          double agent said | July 8th 2017 @ 9:38pm | ! Report

          To be fair to the ABs that backline for game 3 is a long way off their first choice.

      • Roar Guru

        July 8th 2017 @ 8:17pm
        Diggercane said | July 8th 2017 @ 8:17pm | ! Report

        Congrats Pot, a great series.

        Thoroughly enjoyed the series, hard fought, Lions tours are a very special institution which must be preserved, wonderful tourists and fans, great times. Do I really have to wait another 12 years? Sigh.

        • July 8th 2017 @ 10:27pm
          Kiwi in Europe said | July 8th 2017 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

          I wish we didn’t have to wait 12 years for this series and then have the referees inconsistencies ruin the spectacle. I almost think if the series was played more regularly then there would be less pressure and as fans we could sit back and enjoy the best players from each hemisphere playing unbelievable rugby without the controversy.

      • July 9th 2017 @ 6:08am
        Ken Catchpole's Other. Leg said | July 9th 2017 @ 6:08am | ! Report

        Irish and British Lions now Pots?
        Like it!

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