Stalemate Lions

All Blacks  15 – 15  British and Irish Lions

Both teams receive the trophy at the end of the game. Picture : Ben Evans

Who would have predicted that ?

When Ngani Laumape crossed the line for a try after some amazing rugby in the opening quarter, it looked like the All Blacks were out to teach the Lions a lesson having , a week later, their full compliment on the pitch.

Kieran Read of New Zealand and Sam Warburton of British & Irish Lions lift the trophy at the end of the game. Picture : Ben Evans

But the Kiwis normal game of accuracy deserted them and error after error kept the Lions in the match.

Sam Warburton of British & Irish Lions talks to Referee Romain Poite. Picture : Ben Evans

Whether the awarding of the penalty by the referee, which will be debated for years to come, was correct it is now history and sisters all over the world will be worried about getting kissed by the brothers !

It is hard to remember an atmosphere like that in a ground after a match with people visibly confused with the outcome.

Now the dust has settled the outcome is going to be like the Brexit vote. Should we have a rematch? No, it has happened now let’s move on. There are too many inquests going on, even during the game, with TMO’s and referees frightened to make decisions. Television has brought massive finance to the game but it has also brought with it problems. Are the fans really getting their money out of the game? This Test match series has unearthed many problems in the game and it certainly needs some very competent people at the top to sort them out.

Kieran Read of New Zealand leaves the field at the end of the game. Picture : Ben Evans

Is there still a North South divide in International Rugby. You only have to look at the reactions since the final whistle. Some of the Lions players and supporters celebrating a draw and then look at the All Black equivalents. It looked like the end of the World.

Warren Gatland has brought that mentality to the North but it still has some way to go yet.  The one thing we should be doing is celebrating the fact that we are now the kindergarten for All Blacks coaches. Henry, Hansen and very soon Gatland will join those ranks of coaches who have been brought on by the game in Europe.

All we need now is for those players to learn the same way and start winning against the best.


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