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Brilliant second half gives All Blacks win in first test


It was the All Blacks that got first blood in the three test series with a good win over the Lions on Saturday when they beat them 3-15.

The All Blacks were just too good in the second half and scored tries when it matters with the Lions that will be upset with the chances they missed with so much dominance in the first part of that second half.

The game started as we expected with both teams trying to take the lead and score first points.

The Lions had the better start and almost scored a try with in the first two minutes but only great defence bundled them out in the corner.

It was then the turn of the All Blacks to show their skills with the ball and attack the Lions lines. The Lions had to make some tackles to keep them getting close to the line.

Tackles going in from both side was massive as they try to get one past each other.

The All Blacks starting to win the mini battles and were camping inside the Lions twenty-two to force a penalty and the first points to take the lead 3-0.

The All Blacks kept the pressure on the Lions and from a quick penalty from Smith the ball went wide to Taylor on the wing and scored in the corner.

This gave them a lead of 10-0 after 20 minutes.

The Lions got some time on ball and got a penalty to get on the board. The All Blacks replied with a penalty themselves and the lead was 13-3.

Next, we saw the try of the season with the Lions running from their own twenty-two to score a brilliant try and reduced the lead to 13-8 after 37 min.

It seems that the Lions started to get back into the game at the end of the first half and with already Ben Smith and Crotty off for the All Blacks they took their chances.

The teams went into the break with the All Blacks leading 13-8.

The Lions was all over the All Blacks at the start of the second half putting huge pressure on the All Blacks.

Their defence have been brilliant knocking the All Blacks back each time they have the ball. That put huge pressure on the All Blacks and for the first time in a long time they looked like they were panicking.

With all the pressure, the Lions put on the All Blacks it was the All Blacks from a perfect scrum that scored next in the corner and took the lead to 20-8 after 58 minutes.

Lions were their own worst enemy not taking the chances coming their way in that second half.

The Lions started to struggle in defence and slipped tackles giving the All Blacks plenty of opportunity on attack.

The All Blacks as expected just stepped up another gear and scored another brilliant try after yet another penalty by Barrett to take the score to 30-8 with 7 minutes to go.

The Lions did get a chance to get over the line for a last time after the hooter to make the final score 30-15 but will feel well beaten by a better team.

Just too many mistakes from Lions on attack and not able to counter the brilliance of the All Blacks.

Next week it is Wellington turn for the second test as the All Blacks lead the test series 1-0.


All Blacks – Tries: Codie Taylor, Rieko Ioane (2). Conversions: Beauden Barrett (3). Penalties: Barrett (3).
British & Irish Lions – Tries: Sean O’Brien, Rhys Webb. Conversion: Owen Farrell. Penalty: Farrell.


  1. Yip whitewash on cards. I think garland is a good coach, but not selecting Itoje to start is a v bad error.

  2. Good game – probably first game which I watched from start to finish in 2 years. Lions got sucked into AB style, instead of frustrating them with territorial game. Game was closer yhan score suggests.

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