New Zealand media attack referee Romain Poite's late penalty U-turn

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New Zealand media attack referee Romain Poite's late penalty U-turn

From Beauden Barrett's restart, Liam Williams knocked the ball forward in the air and into the path of the retreating Ken Owens, who momentarily caught the ball as he came back from an offside position before dropping it again just as quickly. We go for a scrum for black.

Hansen was asked about the amount of handling errors in the opposition 22 which cost them a number of tries: "That's a tribute to the way the Lions are playing", he said.

The fact that they're actually right not only makes it worse, but it also tells you - to paraphrase "Steamin" Willie Beamen from Any Given Sunday - that it would appear that the All Blacks' success has gone to their supporters' heads. We are accepting over decisions that are made.

It's an interesting observation from Quinlan, and one we hadn't heard despite transcripts of what Warburton said to Poite emerging, and the acknowledgement that his actions essentially saved the tour for the Lions.

In an apparent reference to New Zealand spurning several excellent opportunities to add to Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett's first-half scores, Hansen said: "If we had scored another try ourselves it wouldn't have been such a problem". "We all know what should have happened but, at the end of the day, it's a game".

I must admit I liked the All Blacks supporters better when they fell apart at the prospect of a World Cup knockout game, but now that the team has discovered the cure to choking, they've simply become insufferable.

"We didn't get tunnel-vision", Beauden Barrett said. "It is what it is and we have to deal with that".

Barrett produced a consummate performance at fullback in the 15-15 draw at Eden Park, belying those who thought his selection for a first start was a giant risk in such a big game.

It was clear that Lions captain Sam Warburton convinced Poite to have another look and influenced his decision to negate the penalty he had awarded to the All Blacks and award a scrum to the Lions, and this is something most rugby fans have acknowledged was very fortunate for Warren Gatland's men. It would have made for an wonderful climax.

"Take my preparation seriously, and take the little steps to get myself ready for the Saturday - I feel like I'll go back with a lot more knowledge".

But the Lions were able to keep in touch thanks to the boot of Owen Farrell and a sweetly struck long-range effort from Elliot Daly.

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