Warren Gatland had mixed emotions after his heroic British & Irish Lions drew the Test series with a 15-15 draw against New Zealand at Eden Park.

A long-range penalty three minutes from time from Owen Farrell snatched a draw for Gatland’s troops, who stayed within touching distance of the All Blacks throughout the contest despite having to withstand a barrage of pressure in the first half.

The Lions trailed 12-6 at half-time, Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett crossing for the hosts during a frenetic first period. However, four penalties including a monster kick from Elliott Daly salvaged a draw.

“It’s a great achievement to come over here and draw the series and we knew how tough it was going to be right from the start,” said Gatland.

“I’m really proud of the boys as no one gave us a hope when we first came out here. The boys have represented the four nations brilliantly.

“I said all along that as long as we didn’t pick up too many injuries, we would get better and better as the tour went along as we were playing high quality opposition. I think our players have learned so much out here because they have been playing world class opposition week in week out.”

Lions: Liam Williams (Wales); Anthony Watson (England), Jonathan Davies (Wales), Owen Farrell (England), Elliot Daly (England); Johnny Sexton (Ireland), Conor Murray (Ireland); Mako Vunipola (England), Jamie George (England) Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales) Sam Warburton (capt, Wales), Sean O'Brien (Ireland), Taulupe Faletau (Wales)

Replacements: Ken Owens (Wales), Jack McGrath (Ireland), Kyle Sinckler (England), Courtney Lawes (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), Rhys Webb (Wales), Ben Te'o (England), Jack Nowell (England)

New Zealand: Jordie Barrett; Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Kieran Read

Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa

Lions tour fixtures

3 June

Provincial Barbarians

Won 13-7

7 June


Lost 22-16

10 June


Won 12-3

13 June


Lost 23-22

17 June

Maori All Blacks

Won 32-10

20 June


Won 34-6

24 June

New Zealand

Lost 30-15

27 June


Drew 31-31

1 July

New Zealand

Won 24-21

8 July

New Zealand

Drew 15-15

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