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Summary

  1. Final score: New Zealand 21-24 Lions
  2. Sonny Bill Williams sent off for a shoulder charge to Anthony Watson's head
  3. Beauden Barrett kicks seven penalties
  4. Owen Farrell also puts over four penalties in response
  5. Taulupe Faletau & Connor Murray with Lions tries
  6. Second Test - NZ and Lions are 1-1 in series

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By Mike Henson

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Bye for now

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Clear the diary, load the fridge and cut off the phone.

Saturday 8 July, 8:35 BST.

Series decider at Eden Park.

These are the days you live for as a rugby fan, nevermind player.

See you back here for live text coverage.

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Sonny Bill damned in NZ press

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The New Zealand press - in their initial takes anyway - have not had too many moans about Sonny Bill Williams red card.

"Waisake Naholo's supporting tackle on Watson may have put Williams off balance, but World Rugby's crackdown on tackling without arms, and any contact with an opponent's head, meant it wouldn't have been a difficult decision for the French official," writes Patrick McKendry in the New Zealand Herald.

"Williams can't have too many complaints - but it was probably more clumsy than intentional."

Stuff writer Mark Reason is more damning.

"There were no arms and there was no concern for the opponent's safety. He caught Watson flush on the jaw and the winger went down. It was the tackle of a man who still hasn't fully got the "leaguie" out of his system.

"In rugby league you get a pat on the back for that sort of thing. They really are still that stupid."

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Henry Ellison: Woo woo woo woo woo woo woo

Mike Hav: Oh The Gatland bashers, I guess they are still not happy?

Jennifer Harris: Lions 24 NZ 21. Feels so good to say that but they have to pull their socks up next week.

Changes?

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What changes might Warren Gatland make for next week then?

The Johnny Sexton-Owen Farrell axis looked slick in attack, but they gave up some big yards when Ngani Laumape and other heavy-duty runners came thundering up that channel.

Would Ben Te'o shore that up?

Would reuniting Saracens' team-mates George Kruis and Maro Itoje back in the second row make sense?

You would be a fool to second-guess Warren Gatland's Test picks on this tour.

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'Don't question Lions' existence'

Events in Wellington have underlined the importance of the Lions for ex-Wales and Lions open-side Martyn Williams.

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'There's a thriller ahead'

Ex-Wales and Lions wing Dafydd James is looking forward to the decider next Saturday.

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'Pretty happy clown'

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Warren Gatland speaking on Sky Sports:

"A pretty happy clown this week. It's great to tie the series up and we go to Auckland next week with a series to play for. Even without the red card we were the better team."

"The last 10 minutes, guys coming off their line and being aggressive impressed me. We gave away a few soft penalties but our control was pretty good.

"When we got the ball in their half we stressed them and we looked comfortably defensively.

"Normally when the All Black's have those kind of stats they win by 20 or 30 points.

"I'm proud of the performance and we can look forward to next week. We saw what happened in Chicago and then Dublin so we know what to expect.

"We need to fix the soft penalties and look at being more accurate in our kicking game."

'Relief'

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Lions scrum-half and try-scorer Conor Murray on Sky Sports:

"Brilliant, relief. Unbelievable to win but we made it hard for ourselves.

"Discipline is probably an issue, but we showed incredible heart, kept fighting and especially Falteau's try, it was awesome.

"We snuck a win, we'll take it.

"Anytime you score a try against NZ it's an incredible feeling. Happy to go over and help the team.

"We've a chance to win now, and it's a good week to go training. We'll have a bounce in our step."

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How good is it that it's coming down to the last test brilliant for both teams so fitting for the occasion the lions bring. I'm excited 🦁🥝

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Speaking in their post-match interviews, the Lions players seem pretty realistic about what they have done. They are pouring cold water on the hyperbole.

They have sneaked home against 14 men via a questionable penalty.

The same again next week probably won't be enough.

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Dov tate: I defy anyone to claim that the Lions is an outdated relic after that. Don't even try...

Sean: Lions beat a side down to 14 for 50+mins & dropped 9 pounds points. Well played but nowhere near ABs standard

Paul Leonard: Get in!!! What a response by #BILions I eat my words that we'd get beat with changes .. Now keep this team for 3rd Test

'Lions deserve the win'

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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen on Sky Sports:

"We didn't help ourselves by losing a player. Whilst I am proud of our players for playing like that with 14 men, the Lions deserve the win.

"He made the call. Whether he called it right or wrong you've got to go with what the referee says."

'We fronted up'

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Lions flanker Sean O'Brien speaking to Sky Sports:

"We made life very hard for ourselves. But we worked incredibly hard for each other out there and we fronted up.

"We had a cool head, we knew our plan and we stuck to it bar the discipline.

"It went well for us. A better performance than today will get us through next week."

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'Lions the better side'

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read speaking on Sky Sports:

"Lions were probably the better side. We had our chances and we couldn't keep that lead.

"We had the energy levels but our execution wasn't there.

"Perfect, it sets it up nicely for next week."

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There was a bit of spite and bite at the final whistle by the way.

Kyle Sinckler had to be wrapped up by a team-mate and lead away from a confrontation.

The All Blacks will be stewing not only on the red card for Sonny Bill Williams but also the decisive penalty given against Charlie Faumuina for his tackle on a leaping Kyle Sinckler.

'I'll be happy next week'

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Lions captain Sam Warburton speaking on Sky Sports:

"I'll be happy next week when we bring the Test series home.

"We've got to win the Test series. It's great that we got it to 1-1 but still a lot to work on. We gave away far too many penalties in the second half.

"We've got to up it next week. The one disappointing thing was the discipline. To score a wide try shows we were willing to play a bit."

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In all honesty, it was not a great Test match. Tense, but not at the standard of the first Test.

Sonny Bill Williams' red card changed the atmosphere and the momentum - the All Blacks hindered, the Lion perplexed .

But the level series scoreline is what matters.

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Flawed and imperfect - and victorious

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One of the epic Lions Test matches, played out in front of a simply sensational atmosphere in the Wellington deluge.

The Lions were flawed and imperfect, but full of heart and character, and did enough - just.

We have a decider at Eden Park.

Bring it on.

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We are heading back to Eden Park for a decider.

The Lions players leap skywards, Rob Howley shakes the shoulders of Warren Gatland in the perspex box, and the series is alive.

Full time

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Aaron Cruden cross-kicks looking for Waisake Naholo. It hangs in the air for an agonising half-second.

Just over-cooked.

Out on the bounce and the Lions have a throw-in to the own line-out on their own 22m line.

50 second left.

Any nails left?

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Ben Stone: Now not the time to do a blood pressure test.

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Loose ball!

Jonathan Davies fly-hacks upfield. Beauden Barrett scampers backs and clears up.

Still All Black possession.

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The All Blacks have reclaimed the kick-off!

Huge pressure.

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Two minutes to go...

New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

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It is so compelling here it is suffocating.

The Lions are two minutes away from a decider.

PENALTY - All Blacks 21-24 Lions

Owen Farrell

Three minutes to hold out....

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Owen Farrell dances, Courtney Lawes rumbles and a penalty to the Lions!

This is 40m out, straight in front. It should be straightforward.

Nothing is straightforward in these circumstances though...

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A knock-on off a black hand.

The Lions try and run the advantage. None coming.

We head back for the scrum, bang on half way. Red put-in.

The All Blacks, down a man after Sonny Bill's red, are going for a seven-strong scrum to number off out out wide in the backline.

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Big tackles from Maro Itoje and Jamie George.

The Lions are soaking up some heavy-duty one-out runners.

But the All Blacks still have the ball on the halfway line.

"Lions, Lions," repeat the travelling fans.

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Argh!

Jack McGrath and Sean O'Brien get in each other's way. Accidental crossing and the All Blacks have a chance to release the pressure.

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Aaron Cruden wipes out Liam Williams off the ball in the Lions half.

Penalty to the tourists.

Owen Farrell punts downfield and it is a red line-out 25 metres out from the All Black line.

Cleanly taken by Faletau...

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Ali Mason: Yeh, it's the hope that kills you.

Nick Bruzon: Oh Owen Farrell. You absolute machine. What a finish. What composure. What pressure.

Unbelievable

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Just when you think the Lions have shot their foot clean off, they come up with a try, and the Cake Tin erupts.

21-all with 10 to go. Unbelievable.

Converted try - All Blacks 21-21 Lions

Conor Murray (con Farrell)

What a finish in store now.

Jamie George hits and angle and finds fresh air behind the All Black defence deep in the 22m.

He is hauled down just short.

But Conor Murray, alert and alive, snipes over for the try.

Owen Farrell with a nerve-jangler of a kick out wide to level it.

It lands!

All square.

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PENALTY

New Zealand 21-14 British and Irish Lions

Beauden Barrett steps up and improves his percentage with three more.

The lead is up to seven.