My last word (extract of rant this morn to Kiwi mates):
I just finished the tape. The Lions were incredibly lucky to get that draw. To be fair they grasped every last opportunity the ref gave them in that second half.
Penalty from inside own half 12-9.
Kick to corner from AB penalty. Spun wide. Savea over but Jordie had thrown low pressure pass 5 yards forward when any legal pass was a walk in.
ABs on top when Kaino carded. That was a joint tackle with Sam W. AWJ's head was beneath the shoulders of Kaino, who is the shorter. It was only head high because AWJ folded at the waist. A penalty would have been harsh, but a yellow was ridiculous. As Craig said, real momentum changer.
Lions good period 15 v14, culminating with penalty for 'high' tackle by BBBR on Lawes. But clear on replay that BBBR's arm was never at head height and contact made with chest and shoulder. Lions fan on Thursday volunteered to me no penalty. 12-12
AB pressure. Lions force knock on from AB midfield surge on Lions 22. From scrum Lions TH goes to ground right in front of Clouseau. Penalty (not sure it was collapse, more not holding up). 15-12
ABs power into Lions half. Scrum on Lions 22 at 72 minutes. ABs in control. Cruden/Fekitoa on, Laumape/Savea off. ABs run Savea move off scrum with Dagg. He is not a bus. Turnover. Really dumb from ABs! Even a droppie would have been better? Lions wangle scrum penalty from their 'step sideways' ploy, which makes scrum screw violently. Work their way to halfway. Crockett tackles Itoje, who holds him in ruck. Half milks penalty, three yards in AB half. 15 all. Lions have had six points from penalties no closer than three yards inside AB half. Maybe outside 10 metre mark penalties ought to count for two?
Reversed penalty from kick off. You know the rest.
In the last ten minutes the ABs were almost entirely in Lions half. Yet they failed to rack up any points. Lions made it three yards into AB half and nabbed 3.
We ought to have been out of sight at halftime. But the big wake up call is that ABs had much the better of second, but lost it 9-3. The decision making in calling moves around the 72 minute mark was naive and amateur. Sort it Shag!
Glad to get that off my chest!