Owen Farrell kicked a penalty two minutes from time as the British and Irish Lions claimed a dramatic 15-15 draw against world champions New Zealand at Eden Park.
In doing so, a pulsating three-Test series ended 1-1 as both sides fought themselves to a standstill.
The All Blacks thought they had a chance to win it with just seconds left, but as Beauden Barrett lined up a kick at goal, referee Romain Poite consulted television replays and awarded a scrum to New Zealand instead for accidental offside.
New Zealand looked to have silenced the Lions’ roar, but they were guilty of blowing a number of gilt-edged chances that ultimately returned to haunt them.
The Lions’ hopes of series glory on New Zealand soil for a first time since 1971 were ultimately thwarted against an All Blacks side that made it 40 Tests unbeaten at Eden Park.
Lions head coach Warren Gatland said: “The New Zealand public and fans have taken us to their hearts. It’s been a great series. I think we should embrace this concept of the Lions, I think it’s been brilliant. We’ll just enjoy the next couple of days as a squad and reflect back on what this group of players have achieved. Some of these players have been on two tours now and are undefeated as Lions players. Those players who have been on two tours should be very, very proud of their achievements.”
All Blacks boss Steve Hansen said: “There was some really good rugby played, and maybe a drawn series was fair. We played well in the first Test, they played well in the second. We did well enough to win it in the third but they hung in there. So rugby’s always had a draw and it’s not a World Cup final; it is a three-match series. So my own belief is probably leave it the way it is. If you’re good enough to get a drawn series, both teams will get the credit that comes from it.”
Tweet of the match
Moment of the match
Owen Farrell’s nerveless late penalty snatched the Lions a stunning and against-all-odds draw. The England star kept his cool to slot over his third three-pointer and ensure the tourists claimed a share of the spoils.
Star man – Jonathan Davies
Another sumptuous performance from the Wales centre. His two bullish hits on full-back Jordie Barrett summed up his mixture of industry and ingenuity.
An unfamiliar feeling
Captains Sam Warburton and Kieran Read had to collect the Lions series trophy jointly. Such was the oddity of the drawn series. And both skippers clearly felt awkward on accepting the trophy together.