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Warburton expected extra time to settle Lions Test series

Warburton expected extra time to settle Lions Test series

As the series came to an end Hansen spoke of his mixed feelings.

The team actually started to find their feet in the second week with an impressive 12-3 victory over the seven-time Super Rugby champion Canterbury Crusaders, dispelling numerous early concerns and they only got better throughout the tour.

The world champions were a wounded animal after suffering their first home defeat for eight years in Wellington and they begun like a team possessed.

2 - This is the second Lions tour in history to end with a Test series draw.

"I'm a bit speechless and not sure what to make of it, I was ready to go into extra time". It's better than losing.

He added; "There's no individual when you're captain, it's a massive team effort, a huge team effort from the 41 here, the environment, the culture, staff and management. We have had a fantastic series and it is credit to all involved".

"I feel pretty hollow".

Ireland and Lions scrum half Conor Murray says that the tourists have gained greater "respect" from the rugby public following their drawn series with New Zealand.

80 minutes is what separates these two teams from glory, and commiseration in the series decider. "I think they have done remarkably well to put the team together that they did".

However, off the back of the touring side's epic display in Auckland on Saturday, the Kiwi was able to get his own back on the press.




"We were going after them, they were going to have to cope with us, and that's what happened". That is an accumulation of factors across the series.

"It's a bit weird, really", said Farrell. They stuck at it.

The 1973 Barbarians were effectively the 1971 Lions reunited in different colours, and that star-studded side dispatched the All Backs 23-11 in Cardiff in one of the classic all-time matches.

While disappointed with the outcome, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the influx of more than 20,000 passionate Lions supporters into the country had proved how important it was they continue into the future.

Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett's tries gave the hosts a 12-6 lead at the break, with Owen Farrell's penalties keeping the Lions in contention.

Cries of Lions ring out around Eden Park as the impossible suddenly seemed on.

Firstly, with the All Blacks intercepting a Farrell pass and breaking away it was the Bath winger who managed to get back and collect the offload intended for Julian Savea after Jonathan Davies' tackle.

Straight from the kickoff after that equalising score, Lions fullback Liam Williams dropped the ball, before it spilled into the hands of hooker Ken Owens.

It was over from the moment it left his boot to cement this group in the pantheon with their brothers of 46 years ago, if not as winners, then the next best thing, as heroes who would not be bettered.