Duckham urges Lions to steel themselves for All Blacks storm

Lynette Rowe
July 6, 2017

Fekitoa, who has played 23 tests, was named on the bench.

"This final match in the series is going to be a cracker", said Hansen.

All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett slotted seven of 10 penalties to keep the world champions in the match despite being a man down after Sonny Bill Williams was sent off for a unsafe shoulder charge.

The third change in personnel, however, sees the experienced Julien Savea recalled at left wing for Reiko Ioane, who made his All Blacks debut in the first Test and whose relative weakness under the high ball was exposed in Wellington last weekend. But we have stressed all along that this is not all about the 23 players but about everyone in the squad - they have put their disappointment behind them and are helping the match day squad prepare the best they can for the Test match. "This one's got the added bonus of being 1-1", said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen.

Fledgling global Jordie Barrett will start at fullback for New Zealand in the third Test against the British and Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday as the All Blacks turn to rookie power in a backline shake up for the series decider.

Ioane's dropping is the biggest surprise, with the 20-year-old having utilised his speed to score twice in the 30-15 first Test win at Eden Park.

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"A time comes when you think British and Irish rugby must go forward and show its face to the world game".

The rest of the All Blacks team is unchanged, which means Saturday night will have a second significance about it, with skipper Kieran Read earning his 100th test cap.

"It now comes down to this Saturday - victor takes all - and that'll create its own unique pressures".

The dymanic hooker went on a rampaging break in the second half that ultimately led to a try for Ireland's Conor Murray which Owen Farrell converted to make it 21-21, before the Saracens fly half kicked the winning penalty in the closing moments.

The New Zealanders have not lost at Eden Park since being rolled by France on July 3, 1994. "We responded to our performance from last week, and no doubt they will do the same next week".

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