RUGBY: British Lions let lead slip as final midweek game with Hurricanes ends in dramatic draw

HURRICANES 31 BRITISH LIONS 31

Tuesday, 27th June 2017, 11:44 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:41 am
Lions' Tommy Seymour scores their opening try against Hurricanes

In a dramatic finish in Wellington, Super Rugby side Hurricanes scored five minutes from the end to draw the final midweek game of the British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand.

Lions outhalf Dan Biggar missed a last gasp long range drop goal which could have sneaked victory for the Tourists.

Lock Iain Henderson, who had put in a huge shift, was yellow carded when the Lions were 14 points ahead on 65 minutes and the Hurricanes made the numericla advantage count.

Lions' George North celebrates scoring their second try with Iain Henderson

Ireland’s Henderson, who alongside second-row Courtney Lawes was otherwise impressive, was sin-binned on 65 minutes for a dangerous clear-out on Jordie Barrett.

A Tommy Seymour brace and George North had put the Lions ahead but the tourists conceded two late tries when down to 14 men.

The Lions will be back at the Westpac Stadium on Saturday for their second Test against New Zealand for the seconed Test.

Hurricanes: J Barrett, N Milner-Skudder, V Aso, N Laumape, J Savea, O Black, T Toiroa-Tahuriorangi, B May, R Ricitelli, J To’omaga-Allen, M Abbott, S Lousi, V Fifita, C Gibbins, B Shields (captain).

Lions' Iain Henderson celebrates with Rory Best after George North scored a try

Replacements: L Apisai, C Eves, M Kainga, J Blackwell, R Prinsep, K Hauiti-Parapara, W Goosen, C Jane.

Hurricanes: J Barrett, N Milner-Skudder, V Aso, N Laumape, J Savea, O Black, T Toiroa-Tahuriorangi, B May, R Ricitelli, J To’omaga-Allen, M Abbott, S Lousi, V Fifita, C Gibbins, B Shields (captain).

Replacements: L Apisai, C Eves, M Kainga, J Blackwell, R Prinsep, K Hauiti-Parapara, W Goosen, C Jane.

British and Irish Lions: J Nowell (England); T Seymour (Scotland); J Joseph (England), R Henshaw (Ireland); G North (Wales); D Biggar (Wales); G Laidlaw (Scotland); J Marler (England), R Best (Ireland, captain), D Cole (England), I Henderson (Ireland), C Lawes (England), J Haskell (England), J Tipuric (Wales), CJ Stander (Ireland).

Hurricane Ngani Laumape scores their second try against the Lions

Replacements: K Dacey (Wales), A Dell (Scotland), T Francis (Wales), C Hill (Wales), G Kruis (England), G Davies (Wales), F Russell (Scotland), L Halfpenny (Wales).

Lions' George North celebrates scoring their second try with Iain Henderson
Lions' Iain Henderson celebrates with Rory Best after George North scored a try
Hurricane Ngani Laumape scores their second try against the Lions