All Blacks cry foul after Poite U-turn saves Lions

All Blacks cry foul after Poite U-turn saves Lions

"I think we'll look back on the series and a draw is better than a loss".

A diplomatic Steve Hansen believes rugby's law book must be simplified to avoid further controversy like that which ensued in the final minutes of his side's 15-all draw with the British & Irish Lions on Saturday night.

Owen Farrell kicked a decisive, late penalty for the second week in succession as the Lions became the first side to deny New Zealand victory at Eden Park since 1994. "I don't think he had any chance of getting his hand on that".

"Initially I thought it was a penalty to us; I thought Kieran Read jumped into Liam Williams", said Lions head coach Gatland.

"And in fairness to the man next to me [Warburton], he's been quite smart and astute he's been able to talk the referee from a penalty into an accidental offside. I'm proud at making 100 tests but I'd probably swap all of them for a win to be honest".

"It was a shot to nothing, they'd awarded the penalty".

"There's too many avenues that you can go down". "We have witnessed an epic series and an epic failure for Hansen, not because he lost - which he kind of did through a series draw - but for the way the All Blacks played", Rattue wrote. "I have loved every minute of this fantastic tour, with an wonderful group of players and to receive this from them is very special".

New Zealand claimed tries from Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett, but the Lions hit back with four Owen Farrell penalties and one by Elliot Daly from his own half.

"Well it's either offside or it isn't offside and if we all know it's offside then it's offside", he said somewhat cryptically.

"It's a tough game to ref", Hansen said in his opening remarks at the post-game press conference. "We knew there was space there".

"We're accepting of the decisions that were made; whether we agree with them or not, we'll deal with that with the referees ourselves". To come to somewhere like New Zealand, the home of the double world champions, after such a short time together and to run them as close as we did is a huge achievement. His initial instincts were that it was a penalty and then he spoke to his team of three and one of them suggested it was accidental.

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