Rugby Union: All Blacks to gain revenge over Lions with series win

The British and Irish Lions pulled off the unthinkable last week, shocking the All Blacks and the rugby world to win the second Test.

Not many saw it coming, especially in the way the Lions were outclassed in the first game, and given New Zealand’s lengthy unbeaten home run.

Part of that was due to Sonny Bill Williams’ first-half red card, but the Lions showed real character to recover from being 18-9 down to win an absorbing clash 24-21.

Attention now turns to the decider, with the series on a knife edge.

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Gatland has the luxury of naming an unchanged XV – why mess with a winning formula? Owen Farrell continues at 12, with the Lions hoping his invention in the backs can make up for his defensive frailties.

They can expect a big response from the All Blacks, who really aren’t used to losing.

Series defeat would be the ultimate humiliation for Steve Hansen’s men in their own back-yard, and as much as the Lions have the momentum, I can’t see New Zealand switching off again.

Williams’ ill-discipline cost them dear last week, and you can count on that not being a factor again.

While the Lions were impressive, they struggled against a full XV, and I think they’ll have too much to do against one of the strongest teams in history.

It’ll be close, but I can see New Zealand winning – which you can back at 1.20 with

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