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31. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well, Fiona, if the Lions do triumph on Saturday, then you know what good ol' Clive will say - that the reason the Lions lost the first Test was not because they were shit, but because the All Blacks screwed them up.

32. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I can't believe Fiona isn't here, but maybe she's out celebrating. Congrats to the All Blacks for a comprehensive victory!

Again, a report for those who missed the game:

Carter clinches series win for NZ

New Zealand 48-18 Lions

New Zealand produced a dazzling display to secure their record win against the Lions and take an unassailable 2-0 series lead with one game to play.

Dan Carter was the star in Wellington, grabbing two tries and kicking 23 points as he scored a New Zealand record of 33 points against the Lions.

Tana Umaga, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Richie McCaw also went over.

The Lions tries came from captain Gareth Thomas and Simon Easterby, with Jonny Wilkinson kicking eight points.

They were much improved from the side which was well beaten in the first Test but, after living with the hosts for the first half, they were blown away after the break.

All Blacks fly-half Carter produced a marvellous all-round display and he was amply rewarded with 23 points from the boot to add to his brace of tries.

The visitors made a dream start and after a couple of probing attacks new captain Thomas strode through an enormous gap around the fringes of a ruck to cross under the posts.

Wilkinson was never going to miss and his conversion put the Lions 7-0 up after just two minutes.

Within a minute Dwayne Peel sniped round the fringes of a ruck once again and scampered to halfway before being held, but the Lions kept the pressure on and were awarded a penalty, only for Wilkinson to hit the post.

The Lions won the ball back in prime attacking position but Paul O'Connell came flying into the ruck and conceded a stupid penalty, halting the Lions' momentum.

The All Blacks got on the board through two Carter penalties and the fly-half then engineered a marvellous try.

When Thomas dropped a pass Umaga fed Carter and the fly-half shrugged off Gavin Henson before racing 50 yards and returning the ball to Umaga.

The All Blacks captain crossed near the posts and Carter converted to push the hosts into the lead after 18 minutes.

Wilkinson cut the gap with his first penalty eight minutes later but straight from the re-start the Lions conceded a penalty and Carter restored the gap.

Wilkinson, who had just missed a drop goal, again trimmed the gap to three points with his second penalty before the All Blacks scored a sparkling try.

After winning a scrum five yards out from the Lions line, they spun the ball across the width of the field and Sitiveni Sivivatu confirmed his try-scoring ability by blasting over from 10m for an unconverted score.

The hosts led 21-13 at the break and within five minutes of the re-start Carter had all but extinguished the Lions' hopes.

First he landed a penalty and then crossed for a marvellous solo try, which he converted from the right touchline.

The Lions went back on the attack but after twice spurning kickable penalties they came away from a 10-minute period of pressure with nothing.

Things went from bad from worse for the tourists as Wilkinson was helped off with what looked like a recurrence of his long-term "stinger" injuries just before the hour mark.

Carter added a penalty to make it 34-13 and, although the Lions managed their second try through Ireland flanker Easterby, the rest of the game was an All Blacks showcase.

They added two further tries as first Carter danced through for another magical try before McCaw powered over for a short-range effort after Carter had been denied a hat-trick by a matter of inches.

The fly-half slotted both conversions as New Zealand wrapped up the series in dazzling style with one game, in Auckland next week, still to be played.

New Zealand: Muliaina; Gear, Umaga (capt), Mauger, Sivivatu; Carter, Kelleher; Woodcock, Mealamu, Hayman, Jack, A Williams, Collins, McCaw, So'oialo.
Replacements: Witcombe, Somerville, Gibbes, Lauaki, Marshall, Nonu, MacDonald.

Lions: Lewsey; Robinson, Thomas (capt), Henson, S Williams; Wilkinson, Peel; Jenkins, Thompson, White, O'Connell, O'Callaghan, Easterby, Moody, R Jones.
Replacements: Byrne, Rowntree, Corry, M Williams, Dawson, S Jones, Horgan.


33. Posted by sunset1999 (Full Member 108 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Carter is the man!! Too bad he's not in the last test. Saw tons of Balmy Army in their campervans going from Taupo to Napier on Thursday for the game in Wellington. And I love the telecom ads, especially the one with the single Lions fan with the kiwis behind him wearing the gas masks "And they are not afraid to use gas" **FAAART**.

34. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

The All Blacks were superb yesterday. After watching SA and Aus in the last couple of weeks, looks like the southern hemisphere teams are back at the top of the tree. The next Tri-Nations series should be a bit special. NZ are looking like they can beat anyone at the moment though.

35. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Quoting summer910

I can't believe Fiona isn't here, but maybe she's out celebrating. Congrats to the All Blacks for a comprehensive victory!

Yes, well there was a fair bit of celebrating going on

Another awesome display from the AB's & we are certainly very proud of them. Really looking forward to Australia & the Bledisloe Cup

It was great to see all the Red in the crowd at the Stadium, they were going off even if their team wasn't

36. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Well, it was a complete whitewash. If anyone had any doubts about the All Blacks (not that there should be any in the first place), this is as good a confirmation as any of their prowess! Fiona will be happy with the result.

All Blacks seal Lions whitewash

New Zealand 38-19 Lions

The Lions suffered their first whitewash for 22 years as New Zealand completed a 3-0 series win in Auckland.

The All Blacks dominated again, scoring five tries through Conrad Smith, Ali Williams, Tana Umaga (2) and Rico Gear as Luke McAlister kicked 13 points.

The Lions, strong up front but ponderous behind the scrum, went in 24-12 down despite Umaga's sin-binning.

But the NZ captain bagged his second after the break and Gear scored late on following Lewis Moody's consolation.

Sir Clive Woodward's side ended their tour with seven wins in 11 games but lost to the NZ Maori and were well beaten in all three Tests.

The 21-3 victory in Christchurch and 48-18 thumping in Wellington helped the All Blacks outscore the Lions 107 points to 40 in the series - a record total - and by 12 tries to three.

New Zealand have now not lost at Eden Park since defeat to France in 1994.

After an impeccably-observed minute's silence for the London bombings, the Lions actually scored first with a Stephen Jones penalty after three minutes.

And matching their bright opening in the second Test, they should have opened their try account after seven minutes.

A searing Josh Lewsey break down the left touchline, and a powerful run from Gethin Jenkins set up a promising position but Irish lock Donncha O'Callaghan spurned a clear three-man overlap to his right.

The Lions earned an easy three points though, kicked by Jones, after Umaga was sin-binned for deliberately lying on the ball to slow down possession.

But the All Blacks immediately hit back harder as if nothing had happened.

A surge from number eight Sione Lauaki fed Smith, who beat Geordan Murphy and Mark Cueto to romp home under the posts, converted easily by McAlister, an able deputy for the injured Daniel Carter.

Still depleted, the All Blacks quickly bagged another try when Lions scrum-half Dwayne Peel fumbled McAlister's grubber kick and Kiwi lock Williams pounced on the free ball.

Jones snatched three points back but these were soon cancelled out after Lions' back-chat to referee Jonathan Kaplan offered the All Blacks a further 10 yards and a kickable penalty.

Welshman Jones slotted another penalty on 23 minutes before the heavens opened and the Auckland sky emptied its entire contents on Eden Park.

The Lions continued to attempt a wider game but their dynamism and incision behind the scrum was lacking, not for the first time this tour.

The visitors did begin to build some pressure up front, and an All Blacks infringement offered Jones a penalty, which hit the posts and stayed out.

The miss hurt even more minutes later, when Lewsey spilled a McAlister chip over the top and Umaga scored a stunning try under the posts after good work from the fly-half from a scrum on the right.

After the interval, the All Blacks spurned a promising opportunity when Sitiveni Sivivatu failed to offload as he was bundled into touch yards from the line.

But New Zealand kept up the attack and soon worked Umaga under the posts for a fourth try.

The Lions' resolve was ebbing fast, and the All Blacks thought they had scored a fifth when Sivivatu gathered lock Chris Jack's kick through.

But Jerry Collins was sin-binned for an illegal tackle off the ball on Jones and the Lions earned a reprieve.

The let-off gave the Lions some inspiration, and a prolonged spell camped on New Zealand's line eventually produced a try for Moody.

But the Lions were battle weary, and as the game drifted to its inevitable conclusion, Gear sprang up at the death to chase a kick for an easy score.

New Zealand: Muliaina; Gear, Smith, Umaga (capt), Sivivatu; McAlister, Kelleher; Lauaki, So'oialo, Collins; Williams, Jack; Somerville, Mealamu, Woodcock.
Replacements: Witcombe, Johnstone, Ryan, Holah, Marshall, Evans, Howlett.

British & Irish Lions: Murphy; Cueto, Greenwood, Thomas (capt), Lewsey; Jones, Peel; Jenkins, Byrne, White; O'Callaghan, O'Connell; Easterby, Moody, Jones.
Replacements: Bulloch, Rowntree, Corry, Williams, Dawson, O'Gara, Horgan.


37. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

[quote=summer910]Well, it was a complete whitewash. If anyone had any doubts about the All Blacks (not that there should be any in the first place), this is as good a confirmation as any of their prowess! Fiona will be happy with the result.

Yes, very pleased once again.. had a few out with injury & think the replacements played well, what did you think of 'Lucky Luke' watch him, he's gonna be a very good footballer

Apart from the rugby, we loved having the Irish, Welsh, Scots & English supporters down here in NZ over the last couple of months. The support they gave their team was fabulous & to be commended, they never behaved badly over the losses (maybe there were'nt many English here ), just kept on trying to drink the pubs dry.. (not an easy feat here in NZ & I don't think it happened anywhere)

They really got around the country & seemed to love every minute of it, they are welcome back anytime

Now bring on the Tri-Nations