Hurricanes 31 – 31 British and Irish Lions
Lions fail to tame Hurricanes
The Lions always looked like they were going to win this encounter until the 65th minute.
Courtney Lawes and Iain Henderson had been rampant and certainly had put their hands up for inclusion in the Test Side. Tommy Seymour had scored two tries and George North added a further try to make the tourists comfortable until Henderson’s clear out was judged dangerous by referee Romain Poite. Out came the yellow card and the game changed immediately.
The Hurricanes had never given up and must be applauded for their tenaciousness. Twelve minutes later they had deservedly tied the score. The Lions had imploded with Henderson off the field.
Biggar attempted a last second drop goal which dropped short and it was all over. Fans couldn’t believe what had they had witnessed.
After the match the Lions Coach Warren Gatland said :
“The penalties we gave away were a bit soft and they allowed them back into it. We felt like we played some good rugby, but that yellow card was a penalty to us and it ends up being a penalty reversed.Okay, we’ve ended up drawing, but it’s disappointing because we were in such control of it.
“We went from the period of having 68 per cent territory and possession to about 25 per cent, so it was a massive swing in the game and disappointing we ended up with the yellow card.”
“We had Henderson off the field for 10 minutes and conceded 14 points. To me that’s the game in a nut shell.”