The All Blacks today hosted the Lions in the second test of 3 in this years tour.
Today it was the Lions who turned up in Wellington, as a late Farrell kick seals the win for the visitors.
The All Blacks played 55 minutes with 14 men after Sonny Bill Williams became the third All Black ever, and the first on home turf, to be sent off in a Test match.
It was a tough game from the get go, with both sides looking to make an early statement. It was Barrett who broke the deadlock with a penalty, only for Farrell to match him when he did so; which set tone for the game.
This carried on after SBW’s dismissal from the fixture as both kicking masterclasses were matching each other kick for kick until half time.
Barrett’s reign carried on after the half way point, as he continued to kick the hosts in front.
It was only after Mako Vunipola’s yellow card in the second half that we saw the first try, as Faletau burst over the line to bring the scores closer at 18-14 to the world champions.
This seemed to spur on what was previously a lost Lions side, as the went on to level the scores soon after, with Murray smashing over the line and Farrell adding the extras.
With five minutes to go, the Lions seemed to find the extra energy the needed to get the win, as Andy Farrell added to his tally and put the Lions in for the win with yet another penalty kick, leaving the scores at the final whistle at 21-24 to the Lions.
Now the tour games are all level, with one win each, it all comes down to the final test between the two to decide who had a successful tour, but if you asked any Lions fan, they would definitely say their side have already done it, after beating the All Blacks at all.
The Lions boss said he is ‘a happy clown this week’ after the win; jesting with the narrow minded New Zealand Herald after using the same joke of him as a clown….twice.
It will be interesting to see what sides the coaches will go for, with both sides looking to get the win and return to their clubs with their pride intact.