Lions defeat All Blacks to level series
Not since 2009, New Zealand lost a rugby match on their soil; Not since 2003, the mighty All Blacks were beat up at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
But the British and Irish Lions, a team made up of the best players in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, ended the reign of 47 games.
All blacks were down to fourteen men after Sonny Bill Williams was the red card for a shoulder load in the first half. But World No. 1 seemed to be under control in rainy conditions after Beauden Barrett dropped his side in an 18-9 lead with 20 minutes left.
But a test Taulupe Faletau opened the scoring and led the Lions away from the historic victory, before a Murray Conor has added to the total visitors to draw the score to 21 points each.
An Owen Farrell penalty in the final minutes of the contest allowed a historic win to level the series after New Zealand had won the first test in Auckland.
The two sides meet in Auckland again next week to decide the series.
“There’s only half a job. One, we’ve now played two halves,” said Sky Sports, Lions captain Sam Warbuton, who returned to the starting lineup for this week’s meeting.
“It’s great that we got it to 1-1, we want to take him to a deciding match at Eden Park.
“There’s still a lot to do, it gave us a lot of penalties in the second half. We have to get back together next week.”
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The most important match point that happened after 25 minutes, as All Blacks center Sonny Bill Williams was the red card for a shoulder change over Anthony Watson – the first New Zealand player to be sent off in 50 years .
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Up to fourteen men, the home team managed to stay in the game as the first half ended in 9-9.
Half of all black widow Beauden Barrett missed three shots in the test conditions and with Williams’ red card, which was costly for the hosts, allowing the lions to stay away.
The Lions returned pressure in the last quarter, and the tests of Faletau and Murray came each side of a Barrett penalty.