Lions draw with the All Blacks and fans can’t get over the drama
It means the whole series ends in a draw, which left British and Irish Lions skipper Sam Warburton speechless.
The British and Irish Lions have claimed a dramatic 15-15 draw against world champions New Zealand at Eden Park.
The team headed into the clash knowing they could become the first Lions side to win a Test series in New Zealand since 1971.
But the tourists trailed 12-6 at half-time. And they had to rely on a 78th-minute penalty from Owen Farrell to secure a 1-1 draw across the three matches.
The All Blacks thought they had a chance to win with just seconds left. But as Beauden Barrett lined up a kick at goal, referee Romain Poite consulted television replays and awarded a scrum to New Zealand instead for accidental offside.
And New Zealand were guilty of blowing a number of gilt-edged chances that ultimately returned to haunt them.
So. Much. Drama.
The moment that Farrell’s nerves held together to take a penalty three minutes from time, and snatched the Lions an against-all-odds draw, was also a tense highlight for many.
12-12 - Farrell penalty - levels - tense last 20mins coming up— Ian Abrahams (Moose) (@BroadcastMoose) July 8, 2017
Owen Farrell with absolute nerves of steel again, phenomenal!! #NZvsBIL— Jake Young (@J_Young_23) July 8, 2017
GOOOOOOOOOOD! Farrell by the skin of his teeth lands the penalty kick at goal!— TheRugbyPaper (@TheRugbyPaper) July 8, 2017
15 - 15 !#NZLvBIL
The atmosphere at Eden Park must have been unbelievable… especially as the game wrapped up.
One of the all-time classic matches. Not sure I've been at any game's with that much heart-stopping intensity. Crowd and players speechless.— Owain Jones (@OwainJTJones) July 8, 2017
It is now the most surreal atmosphere at Eden Park.— Nick Heath (@nickheathsport) July 8, 2017
In general, people on Twitter thought it was a cracking game of rugby, wherever they watched it from.
There is nothing as captivating as sport at the highest level. Brilliant series. Those last few minutes were unbelievable!— michael owen (@themichaelowen) July 8, 2017
SERIES DRAWN!— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 8, 2017
Sport at its greatest.
Congrats to both teams. #LionsNZ2017
Wow!— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) July 8, 2017
What a test
What a series
What a moment of elite sport
What an example from both captains at the end #LionsNZ2017
In 6 weeks, the Lions have become the equal best test team in the world. Away from home.— Huw Stark (@starky88) July 8, 2017
Be proud #LionsNZ2017
But some were left with a feeling of anti-climax, asking for another test match to avoid the series being a draw.
Bizarre feeling at the end of that!— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) July 8, 2017
They should play another one next week! #lions— Ben Foden (@ben_foden) July 8, 2017
Test match next wk by any chance?!!! Can't be a draw!!!— ugo monye (@ugomonye) July 8, 2017