Owen Farrell’s late penalty wrapped it up British and Irish Lions tied 15-15 vs New Zealand at Eden Park on this day in 2017 as a pulsating Test series ended 1-1.

Farrell pulled the Lions level with three minutes remaining with his fourth penalty of the competition.

Eliot Daly also converted a penalty for Warren Gatland’s men, who trailed 12-6 at the break.

British & Irish Lions and New Zealand can’t be separated after thrilling 2017 series (David Davies/PA)

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The All Blacks thought they had a chance to win with seconds remaining, but when Beauden Barrett had a shot on goal, the referee Romain Poite consulted the TV replays and awarded the scrum to New Zealand instead of an accidental offside.

It was only the Lions’ second ever draw at 15-15 after a 30-15 loss in the opener at the same venue followed by a 24-21 triumph in Wellington.

Gatland, who was mocked by a New Zealand newspaper as a caricature clown after the first-leg loss to the Lions, arrived at the post-match press conference after the draw wearing a fancy red clown nose.

And he said: “It was my idea. I had it last week but I didn’t think it was time to wear it (after the second test).”

He added: “The New Zealand public and fans have taken us to their hearts. It was a great series.

Great Britain and Ireland Lions captain Sam Warburton and New Zealand’s Kieran Reid shake hands after the draw for the 2017 series (David Davies/Pennsylvania)

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“I was disappointed by how much negativity was out there. I think we should adopt this Lions concept, I think it was brilliant.

“We’re just going to enjoy the next few days as a team and reflect on what this group of players has achieved. Some of these players have already been two rounds and undefeated as Lions players. Those players who were in two rounds should be very, very proud of their achievements.”

New Zealand-born Gatland was also Lions boss during the 2013 tour of Australia, where the team won 2-1, and was again in charge of the 2-1 defeat in South Africa in 2021.

The latest series was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic and Morne Steyn converted a penalty in the decider at the Cape Town Stadium to seal victory for the Springboks.


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