A drawn series, who would have thought that? Take a look at the video or check out the podcast from earlier today. There is a lot to talk about, that’s for sure
At the beginning of the series, a lot of people were picking a 3-0 victory to the All Blacks, but for the first time in Hansen’s reign, they have gone back-to-back tests without a win. The All Blacks let numerous try-scoring opportunities slip through their hands, some of them unforced, some of them forced. These lost opportunities then put them in the position that led to the biggest talking point of the entire series.
Hats off to the Lions, they came to New Zealand under all sorts of pressure, performed badly in their opening matches, but somehow managed to build on performance after performance. Nothing can be taken away from the way they doggedly fought over the scraps that were left after their tight-five just about held their own. This Lions side will be remembered as one of the greats to visit this country. No, they are not of the ’71 ilk, but they may very well be remembered with the same fondness of the ’59 lads.
But for all of the great rugby, the biggest thing to come out of the series is that World Rugby really need to take a look at the officiating of the game. They need to support the referee and make it abundantly clear to all of the supporters how decisions are made. This can’t be allowed to happen in two years in Japan. Please, for the sake of the game, World Rugby move this forward, learn the lessons and make the necessary changes.
From The Shed
It is fair to say there was a bit of passion today in The Shed. Don’t miss this recap of what was a truly memorable Test match. Often for the right things, but it is impossible to gloss over a number of inconsistencies.
Author: Steven Prescott
I am a total sports fanatic; it is as simple as that. I love all sports, and when I’m not sitting at my computer living my dream with The 1014, I am planning adventures. The last time I did this I ended up convincing my wife to cycle 26,125km across three continents, and 22 countries with me as part of the Pedalling Prescotts.