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Mike Henson

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  1. Bye for now

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    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.

  2. Sonny Bill damned in NZ press

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    Sonny Bill Williams

    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.

  4. Changes?

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    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.

    Warren Gatland
  5. '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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  6. 'There's a thriller ahead'

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

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  7. 'Pretty happy clown'

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    Warren Gatland

    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."

  8. 'Relief'

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    Conor Murray

    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."

  9. Post update

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

  10. Post update

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    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

  12. 'Lions deserve the win'

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    Steve Hansen

    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."

  13. 'We fronted up'

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    sEAN o'bRIEN

    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."

  14. 'Lions the better side'

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    Kieran Read

    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."

  15. Post update

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

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    Former Lions wing Ugo Monye is taking your questions on an incident-packed second Test on the BBC Sport Facebook page right now.

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  16. Post update

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    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.

  17. 'I'll be happy next week'

    FT: New Zealand 21-24 British and Irish Lions

    Sam Warburton

    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."