Sunday, 2 July 2017
NZ 21 Lions 24
Rain. And on the pitch thunder and lightning. Godawful conditions, but what a tremendous struggle this was. Not great rugby, but great sport. I thought AWJ was immense, and made way for Lawes at just the right moment. Itoje grows into himself. Warbs and Faletau and O'Brien did what needed to be done. Furlong's a nugget. George made that Murray try. Sexton didn't break in two. Farrell kicked that pen. It was an 11 man game, so actually the absence of Sonny Bill was not as damaging to the ABs as it might have been in better conditions. Barrett's misses were godsends, but kicking from the hand he was terrific. To stop them scoring a try was something special - the defence in that last quarter was something to behold. I'd keep the same team for next week, but perhaps play Nowell instead of Daly. He adds a little unexpectedness. My knuckles are still sore as hell from punching the ceiling when Faletau scored.