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Lions vs New Zealand | 2nd Test

4th July 2017

After a cracking first test, could the second test live up to it? It was do or die rugby with only a Lions win keeping the series alive. Many people still didn’t give the Lions a chance and so the stage was set for a brilliant test match.

The game had it all. The Lions started well with deep surges into the All Black 22, through strong opening carries from the likes of Tadgh Furlong. The game continued as a grudge match with penalties each way before being flipped on it’s head with the first red card in 50 years of All Black’s rugby. The Lions felt they had the chance of a lifetime to level out this series.

The game remained a tight affair for the rest of the half and at the break it was 9-9, three penalties apiece for Beauden Barrett and Owen Farrell cancelling each other out in the torrential rain and wind. Then the Lions seemed to lose it, gifting the the ABs penalties. Beauden Barrett was able to kick his side into a 9 point lead, despite a couple of wobbly misses.

Then the Lions came back with a surge with wonderfully worked tries which were both superbly taken by Talupe Faletau and Conor Murray respectively. Then with only a few minutes left to go Charlie Faumuina was penalised for taking the charging Kyle Sinckler out in the air, and Farrell was successful with the critical three points to seal a famous win.

A brilliant test match that keeps this wonderful series alive and sets up a winner takes all clash at Eden Park this Saturday.

 

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