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British & Irish Lions beat All Blacks in Wellington




New Zealand’s All Blacks won the first Test last week in Auckland 30-15 which means the British and Irish Lions have to win this match to keep the series alive.

The match day squad sees two expected changes through injury. Fullback Ben Smith was ruled out of this second Test as was Ryan Crotty.

Winger Waisake Naholo has been named on the right wing with Israel Dagg moving to fullback.

Anton Lienert-Brown comes in at centre, in place of Crotty, with new All Black Ngani Laumape being rewarded for his standout performance for the Hurricanes on Tuesday night, coming into the match day 23.

Warren Gatland has made three changes to his starting XV.

Ben Te’o has been relegated to the bench after Gatland shifted Owen Farrell from flyhalf to inside centre and Jonathan Sexton has taken over the No 10 jersey.

Tour captain Sam Warburton has been selected, replacing Peter O’Mahony on the blindside flank. Gatland has dropped lock George Kruis with Maro Itoje starting in the second row.

Match detail

New Zealand will sing their national anthem before they perform the Haka. TJ Perenara is leading a spirited ‘Ka Mate’ Haka.

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are underway in a very wet ‘Cake Tin’ in Wellington where the All Blacks are undefeated in 14 years. It was on this ground 12 years’ ago where Dan Carter produced the finest display of rugby ever, in a thumping 48-18 victory over the Lions.

3.00: Codie Taylor’s mistake at the lineout sees the Lions get the first scrum on halfway. They are awarded a penalty after an All Black did not roll away at the ruck. Jonathan Sexton kicks to the 22.

5.00: Maro Itoje knocks on, the lock looked up and saw Kieran Read instead of the ball.

7.00: Scrum to the Lions after a kicking duel between Sexton and Israel Dagg. The Kiwi contested a high ball but knocked it on. The weather is already playing its role in this match.

10.00: The Lions go through a multiphase series of play before Liam Williams received a forward pass, on the wing, from Sexton. The Lions have started very well here in the harbour city.

12.00: Waisake Naholo – at the second attempt – wins a cross-kick from Beauden Barrett. After some untidy play, the Lions knocked the ball forward. Scrum to the Kiwis on halfway.

13.00: Jérôme Garcès awards the All Blacks a penalty after Sonny Bill Williams barged his way through the Lions’ midfield. Barrett will take a shot from about 45 metres out, in front of the posts.

14.00: MISS! The ball hits the posts and Sexton will take the 22 drop-out. After some tight phases, Read – of all people – spills the ball forward. Wow!

17.00: Sam Cane wins the turnover and penalty after some great work at the ruck. The All Blacks, however, lose the ball in the maul after Itoje’s great work in holding the ball up.

19.00: The Kiwi scrum has got the upper hand in the early exchanges and they are awarded a penalty for collapsing by Mako Vunipola. Barrett will call for the tee.

20.00: PENALTY! Beauden Barrett slots the kick this time: 3-0

21.00: Liam Williams knocks another ball forward. The rain is becoming very heavy and the wind is picking up; penalty goals will be crucial tonight. Aaron Smith loses the ball at the base of the scrum.

22.00: It’s the Lions turn to kick at goal after winning a penalty for offsides, in front of the kicker. Owen Farrell will kick from long-range.

23.00: PENALTY! It’s a beauty by the Englishman. Stunning kick in these conditions: 3-3

25.00: Play is stopped by TMO George Ayoub to check if Sonny Bill did not wrap his arms around Anthony Watson. It looks high and might be a yellow card. Jérôme Garcès is having another look. He wants to give a red.

25.00: RED CARD! Sonny Bill is the third All Black to be sent of in a Test. Wow!

26.00: Codie Taylor is down and looks in pain. Jerome Kaino makes way for Ngani Laumape, who makes his Test debut. The All Blacks will play with seven forwards for the remainder of the match.

27.00: Jamie George throws a wayward throw and the Kiwis get the scrum. They will scrum with seven; what a call by Steve Hanson and his men.

29.00: Sexton’s kick goes over the dead-ball line, so the French referee brings the players back for a scrum on the Lions’ 10 metres line.

30.00: The All Black scrum is strong, Barrett collects and makes some metres to the right. Conor Murray is pinged for not rolling away. Barrett will kick at goal.

32.00: PENALTY! The first five eight slots a difficult kick from near the touchline: 6-3

33.00: The Lions come back; Itoje gathers another dropped high ball by Dagg and the Lions win the penalty. The ball was knocked forward by Liam Williams, but the French ref misses it – who’d have thought.

34.00: PENALTY! Farrell makes no mistake from 22 metres in front: 6-6

36.00: Mako Vunipola, born and bred in Wellington, is penalised at the breakdown – another harsh call by the referee.

37.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots the simple kick and the Kiwis lead: 9-6

38.00: Watson gathers Barrett’s big cross-kick and the Lions attack. Somehow, the Kiwis get the ball back and Aaron Smith puts in a box kick. Sexton collects, but Barrett and Sam Whitelock are there to hold him up. Initially, the ref awards the New Zealanders the ball, but he overturns his call and the Lions get the scrum.

40.00: BIG SCRUM BY THE LIONS! They bulldoze their opponents and win the penalty; they kick to the corner.

42.00: The hooter goes and the Lions come again. They are awarded a penalty, Murray takes it quickly and puts in a long cross-kick, but the ball is out. The ref brings back the teams for the first infringement.

43.00: PENALTY! Farrell, from 30 metres out to the left, ties the scores: 9-9

The All Blacks have missed three tackles to Lion’s nil and the tourists have made nine turnovers to four, however, the Kiwis have made fewer tackles, won more lineouts and scrums.

The half-time score was All Blacks 9 British and Irish Lions 9

41.00: BEEP! BEEP! we are back underway for the second-half. Sonny Bill Williams’ red card will mean the All Blacks’ last 20 minutes will be more crucial than ever.

43.00: The Kiwis power forwards and after several phases, Beauden Barrett turns the Lions with a good kick in behind their back three. The All Blacks will need possession and to make the tourists make lots of early tackles in the opening quarter of the second period.

44.00: Maro Itoje is a mile offside, once the ref awards the penalty, the Lions all come up and cynically all go offsides to stop the opposition’s momentum.

45.00: MISS! Barrett misses another penalty, this one was simple for a schoolboy, never mind Barrett: 9-9

46.00: The All Blacks come again; they’re piling on the pressure after the break. Jérôme Garcès asks George Ayoub to check for a high tackle by Conor Murray. It’s a penalty. Barrett will kick again from just in front but 45 metres.

47.00: PENALTY! It’s good from the standoff this time: 12-9

50.00: Anton Lienert-Brown charges up the field. Itoje is offsides again, but the Kiwis continue to shift the ball wide, before kicking the ball away. Elliot Daly saves the day at the back, but the referee calls back the All Blacks for another penalty.

52.00: Miss! Barrett can’t add to his side’s lead: 12-9

53.00: The All Blacks are ringing the changes. Mako Vunipola is being looked at for a late shoulder barge on Barrett. It’s a penalty and the ref is talking to Sam Warburton. It is a carbon copy to Codie Taylor taking out Owen Farrell in an earlier play. Barrett will kick at goal.

54.00: PENALTY! Barrett slots the penalty and extends his side’s lead to six points: 15-9 

56.00: YELLOW CARD! Mako Vunipola is off for 10 minutes. The TMO is called to check a late cleanout by Vunipolo, on Barrett, again and it must be a totting up process, as the Lions are losing control in the wet.

57.00: Barrett kicks to the 22, but the Kiwis are playing with smarts and discipline. They win another penalty for offside by Sam Warburton. Kieran Read points to the posts.

58.00: PENALTY! The Hurricanes flyhalf slots his sixth penalty of the night: 18-9

60.00: TRY Taulupe Faletau! The Welsh No 8 takes Owen Farrell’s pass and runs over Israel Dagg to score in the corner. It all started with Anthony Watson’s bear on the sideline: 18-14

61.00: MISS! Farrell cannot convert from the corner, but his team have some momentum after that try: 18-14

63.00: The Lions are absorbing some pressure from the New Zealanders. Both teams are kicking for territory. Eventually, the ball is kicked over the deadball line, again, by the tourists. The scrum will be to the Kiwis, on the Lions’ 22, about 12 metres from touch.

64.00: Waisake Naholo is off after failing an HIA. Aaron Cruden moves to first five eight, Barrett goes to the left wing and Rieko Ioane to the right.

65.00: The Lions are back to 15 players, but have conceded another penalty for offsides.

66.00: PENALTY! Another three points for the Hurricanes standoff: 21-14

69.00: TRY Conor Murray! It came from Jamie George’s break into the 22. The ball was recycled quickly, and the Irish scrumhalf dives over with two All Blacks on his shirt: 21-19

70.00: Farrell converts from the touchline to level the scores: 21-all

72.00: A Lions’ player was taken out off the ball. The Lions go quickly from their lineout, they’re trying to run the Kiwis ragged, somehow, the home team hang on. Barrett clears to halfway.

74.00: Ardie Savea takes two big runs into contact, the Kiwis recycle and are trying to find space on the inside channels. The Lions defence is strong. Ngani Laumape loses the ball, but Farrell’s kick is charged down. Scrum to the visitors near the halfway line.

76.00: With time ticking down, both sets of fans will be nervous that the ref doesn’t blow for a scrum penalty.

77.00: Charlie Faumuina is penalised for a taking out a player in the air. He’s unlucky, but it is a penalty to the letter of the law.

78.00: PENALTY! Farrell puts his side in front with less than a minute to play: 21-24

79.00: Aaron Cruden goes to the cross-kick after several phases of spreading the ball wide.

80.00: Murray clears and the Lions get a famous win.


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The final score is All Blacks 21 (9) British and Irish Lions 24 (9)


All Blacks
Tries –
Pen – Barrett (7)
Con –
Drop –
Cards – Sonny Bill Williams (Red, 25th minute)

British and Irish Lions
Tries – Faletau, Murray
Pen – Farrell (3)
Con – Farrell
Drop –
Cards – Mako Vunipola (Yellow, 56th minute)

Match Officials
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant 1: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant 2: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)


New Zealand All Blacks

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ngani Laumape.

British and Irish Lions: 15 Liam Williams, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Sean O’Brien, 6 Sam Warburton (captain), 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Tadhg Furlong, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.

Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Jack McGrath, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Christiaan Stander, 21 Rhys Webb, 22 Ben Te’o, 23 Jack Nowell.

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