Saturday 3rd June versus New Zealand provincial Barbarians @ Toll Stadium Whangarei, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: NZ 7 Lions 13
– Lions winning 1-0 versus NZ.
Lions started off the tour looking fairly lethargic as they scrape by the Provincial Barbarians winning 13-7. The Barbarians showed no fear coming up against a bulky Lions side and managed to get the games first try. The Barbarians went into the break leading 7-3 and with the Lions playing how they were a Barbarians win was on the cards. The second half saw the Lions score their first try and through the boots of Sexton, Laidlaw and Farrell the Lions managed to get the win.
Wednesday 7th June versus Auckland Blues @ Eden Park Auckland, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: Blues 22 Lions 16
– Tied between Lions and NZ 1-1.
Another disappointing performance for the Lions seems them lose to the Blues 22-16. The Lions were on the back foot early on as the Blues opened the scoring just seven minutes in through the young winger Rieko Ioane. Lions almost immediately hit back through a try from CJ Stander after they executed a clean rolling mall coming from a line out. A penalty from Halfpenny kept the scoreboard ticking over and the Lions looked to have secured the lead going into the break until a late try from crowd favourite Sonny Bill Williams gave the Blues a 12-10 lead going into the break. The second half saw the game slow slightly with the Lions looking likely to win it going into the last 10 minutes with a one point lead. The Blues refused to lie down and scored a typical Super 15 try which had two outrageously good offloads in the build up. For the Lions this result is worrying and with a match against the Crusaders on Saturday every Lions supporter will be hoping for a big turn around.
Saturday 10th June versus Christchurch Crusaders @ AMI Stadium Christchurch, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: Crusaders 3 Lions 12
-Lions winning 2 – 1.
Tuesday 13th June versus Otago Highlanders @ Forsyth Barr Stadium, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: Highlanders 23 Lions 22
– Tied between Lions and NZ 2 – 2.
A hugely exciting game of rugby we had between the Highlanders and the Lions today. There was very little separating the two sides with Highlanders winning out 23-22. In the first half there was nothing to separate the two sides and they went into the break drawing 10-10. The second half could of gone either way but a high penalty count took its toll on the Lions and they left the Forsyth Barr Stadium with a loss, the second of the tour.
Saturday June 17th versus New Zealand Maori @ Rotorua International Stadium, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: Maori 10 Lions 32
– Lions winning 3 – 2.
Lions record a huge win over the Maori All Blacks at Rotorua International Stadium with the scores reading 32-10 in favour of the Lions. The first half was bitterly close with sides going in at the break with just two points separating the sides. The second half saw the Lions dominate most noticeably in the set piece with the Lions scrum bullying the Maori All Blacks. The Lions kept piling on the pressure right to the final whistle and with a number of unforced errors coming from the Maoris the Lions ended up winning comfortably and gained some much needed momentum going forward to next weeks test against the All Blacks.
Tuesday 20th June versus Waikato Chiefs @ FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: Chiefs 6 Lions 34
– Lions winning 4 – 2.
Saturday 24th June versus All Blacks @ Eden Park Auckland, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: All Blacks 30 Lions 15
– Lions winning overall 4 – 3
The All Blacks ran out 30-15 victors over The Lions in this morning’s test clash from Eden Park. Both sides played some excellent passages of free flowing liquid rugby which was thoroughly enjoyable to watch. Ultimately, it was the clinical nature and strength in depth of New Zealand that proved to be the deciding factor. The Lions will be bitterly disappointed with the result but will take pride in some aspects of their play and will have plenty of things to work on ahead of next week’s fixtures.
Tuesday 27th June versus Wellington Hurricanes @ Westpac Stadium Wellington, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: Hurricanes 31 Lions 31.
A great game of rugby ends honours even after a late Hurricanes comeback. Lions started the better of the two after indiscipline cost the home side dearly as the Lions raced into a 13-0 lead thanks to a breakaway Tommy Seymour try.
Canes managed to sneak a try back in but the Lions got the bounce of the ball and Henderson setup North to give the Lions a 23-7 half time lead. Canes bounced back straight away through a well worked Laumape try, before a 2nd Seymour try gave the Lions a 14 point lead with 20 to go.
The game changed completely on the 65th minute mark as the excellent Henderson was binned for a tip tackle and the Canes scored twice in 4 minutes through Goosen and Fifita to level the scores up. Both teams had chances at the end but both had to settle for a draw in a cracking game of rugby.
Saturday 1st July versus All Blacks @ Westpac Stadium Wellington, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: All Blacks 21 Lions 24
Saturday 8th July versus All Blacks @ Eden Park Auckland, kick off 7:35pm.
Result: All blacks 15 Lions 15
New Zealand and The British and Irish Lions played out a truly incredible 15-15 draw in this series decider at Eden Park. Both sides put together some passages of special, free-flowing, beautiful rugby which was a joy to watch from start to finish. The result left both sets of players and fans with mixed emotions but when but in a while when it settles in, everyone will look back on the series with fond memories. Ultimately, it is a remarkable achievement for the Lions to go down to New Zealand and draw a series, while simultaneously ending the Eden Park 38 game winning streak.