27 June 2017
British & Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland admits Iain Henderson’s yellow card 15 minutes from time cost his side dearly as the Hurricanes notched up two converted tries in the closing stages to snatch a 31-31 draw in Wellington.
Henderson, who along with Courtney Lawes impressed the Lions management team, was sin-binned for a dangerous clear-out on Jordie Barrett.
“The penalties we gave away were a bit soft and they allowed the Hurricanes back into it,” said Gatland.
“We felt like we played some good rugby, but the yellow card was a penalty to us and it ends up being a penalty reversed.
“We had Henderson off the field for 10 minutes and conceded 14 points. To me that’s the game in a nutshell.”
The Lions now gear up for the second Test against the All Blacks this Saturday looking to level the series.
Skippering the Lions in their final warm-up match of the tour, Irishman Rory Best said: “You can’t fault the effort, perhaps our composure a little bit.
“I don’t know if it was a penalty but Iain Henderson was tremendous tonight and we have to be bigger than a yellow card.”
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