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Honours even in NZ-Lions Test classic

Honours even in NZ-Lions Test classic

The series was locked at 1-1 after the third test ended in a 15-15 draw at Eden Park on Saturday, following a dramatic overturning of an All Blacks penalty by referee Romain Poite in the final two minutes. The Chiefs First Five is off to France after the Super Rugby season.

Owen Farrell had just brought the Lions level at 15-15 with less than two minutes remaining when, from the restart, Liam Williams knocked on in the direction of an offside Ken Owens, who caught and then released the ball as he realised his error.

A freakish late-match decision to hand the Lions an attacking scrum instead of penalty for a Ken Owens offside, however, will undoubtedly hog the headlines, with skipper Kieran Read clearly perplexed by referee Romain Poite's call.

"Go back to the World Cup and the same thing happened, and Scotland missed out on the World Cup [semifinals] because they didn't use the video", Hansen said. "We have witnessed an epic series and an epic failure for Hansen, not because he lost - which he kind of did through a series draw - but for the way the All Blacks played", Rattue wrote. I'd have liked that. "We knew there was space there". His initial instincts were that it was a penalty and then he spoke to his team of three and one of them suggested it was accidental.

Beauden Barrett played flatter than earlier in the series and routinely took the defence on himself, being credited with 20 carries. "To get one game is magnificent but to get 100 and play as well as this guy has. he's become a real warrior and a great leader for the team". "But there are too many avenues you can go down". "We have got some good (lessons) from that", Hansen said yesterday. People that are running the game need to ask themselves do we need to make it simpler. "I thought Kieran Read".

"I thought it was a penalty to us", he said. I didn't think he had any chance of getting his hand on that. that was my initial thought, that he had hit the player in the air.

"And in fairness to the man next to me [Warburton], he's been quite smart and astute he's been able to talk the referee from a penalty into an accidental offside". "We all know what should have happened but, at the end of the day, it's a game".

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