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Summary

  1. FT: Lions 15-15 New Zealand
  2. First drawn Lions series since 1955 in South Africa
  3. NZ: Laumape, J Barrett tries, B Barrett conversion & penalty
  4. Lions: Farrell 4 penalties, Daly penalty
  5. NZ flanker Kaino sin-binned on 50 min for high tackle
  6. NZ remain unbeaten at Eden Park since 1994

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All times stated are UK

Thanks and goodbye

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What a series.

It's been a pleasure. A nerve-shredding, stomach-churning, cold-sweat-inducing pleasure.

Thanks for your company.

Until South Africa 2021.

'Sam talked round the referee'

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Warren Gatland
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"Given the schedule, given how tough the tour was, to come to New Zealand and get a draw you've got to be proud of that.

"We felt we didn't play that well tonight but it was a game for defences tonight.

"If you'd said six weeks ago 'come to New Zealand and draw a Test series' we'd probably have taken that.

On THAT penalty:

"I thought it was a penalty to us, Kieran Read jumped in and he's hit the player in the air.

"In fairness to the man next to me (Sam Warburton) he's been able to talk the man in the middle into giving an accidental offside.

"I was disappointed with the scrum penalty under the post, so it'ss swings and roundabouts. The result was a fair reflection of where the tour is at."

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Remember this?

Warren Gatand
NZ Herald

Warren Gatland certainly does. He has walked into the press conference with a little jibe at the New Zealand press.

Warren Gatland walks in to post match presser wearing a clown's nose 🤡

Scots on top?

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Tommy Seymour was the @lionsofficial top try scorer in New Zealand 👏👏👏

Tommy Seymour was the @lionsofficial top try scorer in New Zealand 👏👏👏

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Get Involved - Player of the series

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Jonathan Davies for man of the series. Maro Itoje has been immense and a future Lions captain for sure but Davies' work in defence and attack was sublime! Deserved.

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Daniel Howes: Man of the series for me was Taulupe Faletau, just edging out Maro Itoje. But truly they were all giants.

Team photo

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Team photo
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This is likely to be the photo on your back pages tomorrow.

An enduring image of an enduring series.

'Lions will be disappointed'

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Matt Dawson

Former Lions and England scrum-half on BBC 5 live

Both sides were tremendous. There will be some really disappointed Lions players out there. Imagine what they have been through.

Playing for their country trying to get on the tour, the long lead-up, the media hassle throughout the tour and they were right on the edge of history.

They truly believed they had enough to take that Test match.

Match stats

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Kieran REad and Sam Warburton
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New Zealand v Lions

Possession: 50%-49%

Territory: 56%-43%

Clean breaks: 6-1

Defenders beaten: 17-14

Metres made: 427-337

Tackle success rate: 84/98 (86%) - 77/94 (82%)

Penalties conceded: 9-5

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Matt Dawson

Former Lions and England scrum-half on BBC 5 live

Considering the game, the quality of the play and the intensity of it, there's so much more to talk about than that incident.

He's still talking about it....

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Steve Hansen press-conference continued:

"Go back to the World Cup and the same thing happened to Scotland who didn't progress in the competition because they didn't use the video.

"This time they did, had a little pow-wow. His initial instincts were that it was a penalty but in the team of three one of them suggested it was accidental.

"If we had scored another try ourselves it wouldn't have been such a problem. We can't control the refs."

Moral victory for the Lions

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Martyn Williams

Former Lions and Wales flanker on BBC 5 live

I think it should be extra time. To go through the series they've gone through and with nobody really happy, everybody has gone away a bit flat.

But in a few weeks it will be a moral victory for the Lions.

This was one of the hardest tours ever put together and no-one ever gave them a chance.

From the dressing room...

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Hansen has his say

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Steve Hansen and Warren Gatland
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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen:

"It's come down to the wire and we've ended up with one hand on the trophy each which is a bit like kissing your sister.

"But it's been a wonderful advertisement for rugby. I'm proud of our team. We've had a few things not go our way with injuries but we didn't quibble about it and got on with it.

"We always said we would come out of this series having learnt more about ourselves and we've done that.

"We all know what happened and we all know what probably should have happened.

"As little kids we are told to take the good with the bad and we have to do that. It's a decision the ref has made and we will live with it.

"If you ask me questions on that, that's all I'm going to say on it."

'Like kissing your sister'

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Hansen: Yep he said it.. "We've ended up with a hand on the trophy each. A little bit like kissing your sister. Not a lot in it for anyone"

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Nick Easter is another calling for Jonathan Davies to be named player of the series.

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Jonathan Davies has to be 🦁 player of series. Consistently excellent at all times. Saved the series with his chase down on luamape

Law book deep dive

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Right, let's start that deep dive into the law book.

This is the case for Romain Poite awarding a penalty for Ken Owens' touching the ball after Liam Williams knocked on off that 77th-minute kick-off.

Rules
World Rugby

But this is the interpretation that he eventually sided with.

Laws
World Rugby

It all seems to hinge on Romain Poite's sympathetic opinion that Owens could not get out of the way of the ball.

Generous.

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Think Warburton should lead our Brexit negotiations after getting that penalty reversed!

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Thoughts on penalty? 'Poite does Lions a favour'

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Martyn Williams

Former Lions and Wales flanker on BBC 5 live

It should have been a penalty to the All Blacks at the death. Romain Poite has done the Lions a huge favour there.

Whether he's bottled it, only he knows. You very rarely see a referee change his decision.

We've got the rub of the green but it would have been so tough to see either of those teams lose tonight.

We'll be talking about this for about 100 years.

It was an unbelievable Test match but if the All Blacks had had a goal kicker in the last two Tests, they would have won.

Thoughts on the late change of call? 'It was penalty'

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Matt Dawson

Former Lions and England scrum-half on BBC 5 live

Ken Owens was in front of Liam Williams, he had plenty of time to skirt out the way and not touch the ball.

He went to play the ball, then took his hands away. That was a sign he'd made a massive error, that was a penalty.

Thoughts on the late changed call?

Stuart Mitchell: Accidental offside was 100% the correct call. And the same call that Joubert should have made in the world cup

T Mac: Excellent decision by the the ref to recognise the true nature of the offside Brave man

Pete Branch: Rubbish call ref ruined the game.

The result no-one saw coming

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Chris Jones

BBC 5 live rugby union reporter at Eden Park, Auckland

It's eerie, surreal, no-one knows what to think.

We discussed the All Blacks backlash and putting the Lions in their place, we discussed the Lions taking their place in rugby folklore but no-one discussed this.

But you have to say a draw is a fair result.

Lions show their dog

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I make it the Lions only led the All Blacks for three minutes in the entire series and they managed to get a draw. Stay in the fight!

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And to digest the last six weeks we've got an hour long Lions Social for you on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

Just click on the link at the top of the page to join Sonja Mclaughlan and Matt Dawson.

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Awesome series with great support from both @AllBlacks and @lionsofficial fans, 12yrs is too long for this 2 happen again!

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BOD is giving the nod to Jonathan Davies in the third Test.

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"I just tried to work hard"

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Lions centre Jonathan Davies speaking to Sky Sports:

"I don't really know what to think to be honest, it might have been a fair result overall. I think we were a bit slow to react to the tempo they came at us with initially, but we started to control the game. We would have loved to have won the series.

"I'm sure about in 10 minutes when we get back in the changing room and reflect on what we achieved I think it will sink in.

"I just tried to work hard and play with a smile on my face."

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Wishful thinking...

Do we win overall as we won the unofficial 4th test against the Maori's?!

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Nice scenes that will prompt a thousand 'spirit of rugby' column inches as the two captains lift the trophy together and then call their teams up for a group shot with red shirts intermingled with black.

The players are cheerily chatting after knocking seven bells out of each other for the preceding three weeks.

Owen Farrell joking along with Ngani Laumape before the Lions set off on a lap of appreciation for their fans.

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John McGibbon: Brilliant Game !....no one deserved to go home gutted - hats off to both teams.

Andrew Priestley: Where does the trophy go?? One week about for the next 12 years? That trophy will see some air miles!

Alan Ferguson: Drawn series feels like modern kids sports day. Just give everyone a lollipop and a little medal. Everyone's a winner.

Andrew Price: New Zealand tabloids: "Romaine lettuce down"? I'll see myself out.

Wow...

It would have been harsh for either side to lose

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"I thought it would have been harsh for either side to lose," says Sam Warburton.

The reaction shots of TJ Perenara and Julian Savea suggests they might not hold the same opinon.

He finishes by thanking the travelling fans.

"As players, we don't underestimate the time, effort and money you spend coming to support us halfway across the world," he says.

Sam Warburton
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Right, we are having a post-match platform presentation chat.

Kieran Read is called up to the stage to receive his 100th All Black cap - a jazzy silver number - from former hooker Keven Mealamu.

Some nice words from the skipper, voice trembling as he thanks his team-mates for their efforts and good times.

Sam Warburton is called up for a few more platitudes. The Lions fans cheers their man to the stage.

Ugo answers your questions

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Former Lions wing Ugo Monye is answering your questions in the aftermath of that extraordinary Test and series.

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Dov tate: Same time next week chaps?

Paul Mulligan: Can we just let the two teams keep playing? What a series. Truly historic.

Hannah Fisk: What a match!! Storming effort from the lions don't think anyone could have predicted this series outcome!

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'It was a penalty'

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New Zealand captain Kieran Read on Sky Sports: "I feel pretty hollow. To walk away with a draw doesn't mean much. In the future I will look back at this with pride.

"My view is that it was a penalty [for offside at the end], he ruled it correctly from the start. But that isn't why we lost the game, it was an accumulation of all things throughout.

"We had a lot of endeavor and hard work from the boys, we wanted to put in a great performance but it just didn't click. I'm really proud of the lads."

'Best weeks of my life'

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Maro Itoje
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Lions second row Maro Itoje on Sky Sports:

"I'm a little bit dissatisifed. We came to win and we didn't quite do that. We didn't play exactly how we wanted to do it. But New Zealand are a top team and we went toe-to-toe with them.

"I think our line-out could have worked smoother and we could have been a bit more physical. We had an opportunity at the end to win it but we didn't stick up our hands.

"It's been the best seven weeks of my life to wear this jersey."

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No doubt where the New Zealand media is focusing its attention in the aftermath; referee Romain Poite's decision to downgrade Ken Owens' offside to a scrum rather than penalty late on.

Drawn series. The loser - rugby. The refs are too afraid #NZLVBIL

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George Freeman MP: What a match! What a Test! What a series! Rugby wins. Thank you #AllBlacks#Lions for a wonderful series.

Simon Richardson: Undoubtedly the tensest test match anywhere since the World Cup final in 2003. What a shame there's no extra time here.

Ian Williams: Sensational, simply sensational. Sport at its best

'I was ready for extra-time'

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Sam Warburton
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Lions captain Sam Warburton speaking on Sky Sports:

"It's a difficult one. As players you go through all the emotion and pressure of the week and it's all geared towards winning. It's better than losing I guess.

"I don't know what I made of that I was ready to go into extra-time.

"We've come to the double world champs and not got beaten, we can take some credit for that.

"We had 6-8 weeks to become the best team in the world so we can take some positives from the draw but as players we're gutted not to see that win.

"I was chatting to Kieran Read then and with three minutes to go he said 'wow this is rugby'."

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Sam Warburton is just fronting up to the television cameras.

As usual, he is a Ferrero Rocher-level statesman despite taking an 80-minute battering.

"It's better than losing," he says with a wry smile.