Jul 08, 2017
British and Irish Lions series drawn after thrilling Eden Park showdown
In an electric atmosphere at Auckland’s Eden Park, the Lions drew with double world champions New Zealand, in a match that saw the Series title shared. Once again, a strong contingent of Sarries players were included in the starting XV, with Mako Vunipola, Jamie George, Maro Itoje, Owen Farrell and Liam Williams all representing the club.
After some impressive attacking work from the Lions, the All Blacks managed to get the first points of the match, with the Barrett brothers combining to put their teammate Laumape in for the game’s opening try.
A series of penalties from the boot of Farrell followed, taking the scores to within a point, before New Zealand hit back with another fine score, this time dotted down by Jordie Barrett, the man who made the hosts’ first try.
With the half-time scores left at 12-6, it was the Lions who claimed the first points of the second period, with 3 points from long-range kicking option Elliot Daly from inside his own half.
After All Black flanker Jerome Kaino was shown a yellow card for catching Lions captain Alun Wyn Jones with a forearm to the face, again Saracens’ Owen Farrell was able to capitalize on the New Zealand mistakes.
In a nailbiting encounter that came right down to the wire, the hosts edged ahead again before Farrell kicked the tourists to a 15 points a-piece draw. That result saw the 2017 British and Irish Lions series drawn for the first time since the 1955 tour of South Africa.
After an incredible 5 weeks of rugby, the Lions tour is now over for another 4 years, and attention now turns to the Premiership Rugby season for the Sarries Family. For your chance to see our Lions in action at Allianz Park in the 17/18 campaign, head to saracens.com/beasaracen to find out more about season tickets!