Lions Win Thriller Against 14-Man New Zealand To Keep Series Alive

The Lions pulled off one of their great wins to steal a thriller against New Zealand and set up a series decider in Auckland in a week's time. When Sonny Bill Williams was red-carded for a shoulder charge on Anthony Watson - the first All Blacks sending-off in 50 years - the Lions sensed a wonderful opportunity for a historic upset in Wellington.

At the break it was 9-9, three penalties apiece for Beauden Barrett and Owen Farrell cancelling each other out in the torrential rain and wind. As the Lions' discipline deserted them, Barrett kicked his side into a nine-point lead, Mako Vunipola sin-binned for a late charge on the fly-half, only for Taulupe Faletau to crash over in the left corner and give the Lions hope.

After Barrett's seventh penalty gave the home side a little daylight once again, Conor Murray's sniping try and Farrell's conversion from out wide levelled it up at 21-21. And with four minutes to go Charlie Faumuina was penalised for taking the charging Kyle Sinckler out in the air, and Farrell stroked over the critical three points to seal a famous win.

Brief scores:

Second Test, Wellington
New Zealand (9) 21
Pens: Barrett 7
Lions (9) 24
Tries: Faletau, Murray Con: Farrell Pens: Farrell 4

Courtesy:BBC


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