All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions highlights: International Rugby Third Test live scores, blog

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    Match result:

    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.

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    Final score
    All Blacks 15
    British and Irish Lions 15

    Match preview:

    The third Test is now upon as the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour draws to a close in this decider as the Lions try to create history when they take on New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland with kick off from 5:35pm (AEST).

    Plenty has been written already after the Lions toppled the All Blacks in Wellington last Saturday night which certainly revived interest in the Test series and provided the Lions with a golden opportunity to do what not very many have managed to achieve, a series win in New Zealand.

    The Lions this week have had the luxury of naming an unchanged lineup for tonight’s match staying true with, ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it’.

    The All Blacks have, in contrast shuffled the decks a fair bit, particularly in the backline where two rookies have been handed their first Test starts, namely Ngani Laumepe at second five, promoted after Ryan Crotty and Sonny Bill Williams were both ruled unavailable after injury and suspension respectively and Jordie Barrett has been named at fullback, the 20-year-old being thrown in the deep end after the All Blacks have struggled at times at the back.

    Other notable changes have seen Israel Dagg moved back to the right wing making way for the younger Barrett while Julian Savea has earned a recall on the left wing, Reiko Ioane dropped from the starting side this evening.

    Malakai Fekitoa, recalled to the team only this week after Williams was suspended, takes the No.23 shirt as the utility back cover on the bench.

    It certainly feels like a roll of the dice from the All Black coaching staff but in fairness to them, they have rarely made bad decisions though what a match for Laumepe and Barrett to start in.

    However, it is in the forward where the bulk of the work has to be done and the All Blacks will certainly hold no real fears there after dominating up front for long periods of the first Test while holding their own for over half the match in the second with seven men so they will be confident of being able to lay the platform to allow there young backline to flourish.

    For the Lions, they have all the momentum and now the belief that they can win and after being able to take a more relaxed approach into this decider after such a long season, and with the benefit of a settled squad will be more than prepared for the task at hand and I would suggest they are better odds than what the TAB has offered.

    Certainly, while both sides will be under pressure this evening, the expectation on the New Zealanders will be immense, and the Lions will know that.

    Prediction
    I suspect the All Blacks have a slight edge in the forwards and I think that will pay dividends this evening.

    New Zealand by 8.

    Enough talking, join us here live from 5:35pm AEST as we cover all the action here on The Roar and don’t forget to leave your thoughts on the match in the comments below.

    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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      12:08am
      biltongbek said | 12:08am | ! Report

      Look, I am not a fan of Poite, never was, even before the Bismrck debacle I couldn’t stand him, that time the AB’s benefitted, this time they didn’t.

      It all balances out

    • 10:51pm
      Faith said | 10:51pm | ! Report

      So many talking points to this game and the series. But first of all the Lions and the defense and Andy Farrell must be lauded. I think the ABs should think of hiring Andy Farrell seriously. This is the 3rd team that he’s been involved in that has given ABs serious kittens. This game: Jordie Barrett is the future. ABs have built some serious experience and software going forward. J Barrett and Rieko Ioane in 3 years will be something. The ABs blew this game in the first half – they should have been at least 2 tries ahead. Credit to BILs grit and defense to stay in this. I think with time J Barrett will be given the kicking tee before his brother. Just like in the Canes. The SBW red now comes into focus – not closing out the series in that game came to hurt the ABs and not least because of playing with 14. Now we know how nb B Smith is. Can he stay till ’19? This is good experience for the ABs – they will mull over this and work accordingly and build up to RWC ’19 … The BILs missed B Vunipola – he would have made a huge difference. The game is now a ref’s game … Garces and Poite will be the leading talking points on this series – that much is clear and not sure how this can be fixed …

    • 10:15pm
      Mathew said | 10:15pm | ! Report

      Well done ref.
      You have manage and control the game perfectly, otherwise AB will scope a win illegally.
      Tha.

    • 8:30pm
      Bib said | 8:30pm | ! Report

      Stain on a nation

    • 8:04pm
      Kuruki said | 8:04pm | ! Report

      Disgusting corruption from the Northern hemisphere officials. The French touch judge has influenced his French counterpart to effectively rob the All Blacks of a series in an absolute farcical situation i have never witnessed before.
      An offside in that situation has been a penalty every time in the last century, how does it become a scrum suddenly 90 seconds out from full time in a series decider? Accidental? he reached out and actually caught the ball, he had it in his bloody hands. Disgusting.

      • 9:46pm
        EnoughisEnough said | 9:46pm | ! Report

        Poor form to blame the Ref. Get over it, your team lost last week, and managed a draw this week.

      • 10:51pm
        FunBus said | 10:51pm | ! Report

        Is this a genuine post, Kuruki, or a spoof designed to make us all laugh at Kiwis?

    • 7:58pm
      The V Man said | 7:58pm | ! Report

      From a neutral……..an absolutely disgraceful refereeing performance! Award a penalty, get a nod from a TMO…..then tell Kieran Read “oh let’s cut a deal” and award a scrum! . When a player drops the ball then deliberately then puts both hands in the air admitting his guilt! That call has to be made. What a joke!!!!

    • 7:49pm
      Corporal Punishment said | 7:49pm | ! Report

      disappointing result as an AB fan. We just didn’t get into the game in the second half, after having much the better of the first half. I guess we just muffed too many chances in that first 40.

      I thought Sexton, Williams and Daly were great for the Lions, they always made yards attacking down our right hand channel. Overall, I thought the lions did a better job of getting the ball wide than we did – which is also a reflection of the rock solid Lions defence.

      The Lions were much better in the tests than I had expected, and a drawn series is probably a fair outcome. Bodes well for future Lions tours.

      • 7:55pm
        Bobbo7 said | 7:55pm | ! Report

        Well this might get some of those AB fans who bang on about the ABs winning every game by 25 plus points to realise that as good as they are, they are beatable.

        • 8:00pm
          Kane said | 8:00pm | ! Report

          They are beatable. But it’s only happened 5 times since 2011.

        • 8:01pm
          Dubaikiwi said | 8:01pm | ! Report

          So in your eyes a draw is a loss, well whatever gets you going.

          • 8:05pm
            Bobbo7 said | 8:05pm | ! Report

            “Beatable” Dubiakiwi, not beaten. You might have noticed they lost last week too.

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