Steven Hansen stops short of criticising Poite

Steven Hansen stops short of criticising Poite

Steven Hansen stops short of criticising Poite

In what was a remarkably similar chain of events to the quarterfinal between Australia and Scotland at Rugby World Cup 2015, Lions player Liam Williams appeared to knock the ball into replacement Ken Owens in an offside position and just as Craig Joubert had at Twickenham two years ago, Poite's first instinct was to award a penalty to the All Blacks.

Both starting their first Test, fullback Jordie Barrett and Laumape set up each other for the only two tries of the game in the first half. We all know what happened, and we all know what should have happened, but at the end of the day, it's a game and as little kids we're taught to take the good with the bad, and we have to do that.

The All Blacks' disappointment with a drawn series is assuredly the more acute, and that feeling is liable to intensify as the days pass.

"It's a decision the ref's made and we'll live with it", said Hansen. As Read was constantly on Poite's back to reconsider his decisions, Warburton's more subtle approach could have lead to the ref thinking that something must be up if he was complaining. Up stepped Elliot Daly, the man who this week insisted he was ready if needed to step up for long-rang penalties, and his 55 metre effort just cleared the upright to reduce the deficit.

"Did we play well? I went into the week and there was a bit of doubt, I was very nervous", he said. It's never going to be plain sailing, there's always going to be a road-bump and it's how we deal with the road-bump when it comes.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said drawing with the Lions feels like "kissing your sister".

Perhaps it was a fair result, but both teams will have regrets.

However, after consultation with the television match official, Poite overturned his initial decision, deciding Owens had instead committed accidental offside, and awarded a scrum to the All Blacks instead of a penalty. "We had plenty of chances to win the game ourselves". If I had to I would probably have tossed a coin and gone for the win, with extra-time or golden point or something.

I don't quite get that because there wasn't a series victor and in the context of three Tests the All Blacks scored more points and more tries than a Lions squad promoted as being the best to ever be assembled in the professional era.

In contrast Owen Farrell stepped up to the occasion after a shaky start.

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