Lions tour: Live updates - All Blacks vs British and Irish Lions – First Test

All Blacks: 30     British and Irish Lions: 15

Full time: 3 tries to 2 in the end..but a comfortable win on the scoreboard for the world champions....the big difference in the game was All Blacks ability to finish their limited chances and also Barrett's goal kicking was on-point. the Lions would be very frustrated at their lack of ability to finish chances..they probaly should have scored two in the first 10 of the second forty but couldn't get the job done and their discipline was awful....great game and the Lions are not out of this series my any means. thanks for your company tonight.

81mins: Try Lions – Rhys Webb - That was well done..good lineout drive..a couple pick and goes and then the replacement halfback crashes over to score the Lions second try..Farrell adds the two and the game is over.

79mins: Final play coming up..lineout 5m for the Lions..they will look to finish on a positive note.

78mins: Lions on attack inside the ABs 22..Watson looking dangerous everytime he touches the ball..Barrett goes for the intercept but he knocks it on..scrum on the ABs 22 for the visitors.

76mins: The atmosphere has been drained out of Eden Park by the last 20 minutes…The All Blacks just too getting a little messy..interesting penalty count…11-6 to the All Blacks.

73mins: The scoreline doesn't reflect how close this could and should have been..Lions had three chances in the opening 10 mins of the second half but weren't good enough to put the All Blacks away…

70mins: Try All Blacks – Rieko Ioane - TJ with the box kick..Davies makes a mess of it..Ioane picks it up an runs away from two defenders to score the game-sealer. Great stuff. Barrett stays perfect with the boot…30-8 now.

69mins: Sam Whitelock with the lineout steal this time but Perenara's clearing kick is floats into touch..defensive scrum for the ABs.

67mins: Lions earn a penalty..Sam Cane tackling a player off the ball..lineout for the lions on the ABs 5m..They must score a 7-pointer here.

66mins: Nothing comes of that..Itoje with a superb leap at the lineout..Murray clears..Lineout ABs on the Lions 10m line.

65mins: All Blacks go close again..relentless from the All Black ball runners…Barrett almost gets there but loses the ball forward…that was all under advantage though..penalty for the ABs and they will opt for the lineout 5m.

62mins: Watson makes a mistake inside his own half..wayward pass from  Farrell to be fair..All Blacks have a scrum 25m out..they are squeezing the Lions tonight.

60mins: Penalty goal All Blacks - All Blacks hot on attack..great ball retention…Savea goes close..playing under advantage for offside play and an SBE knock on leads to Barrett knocking over the three-points…15-point lead.

59mins: A ton of replacements on the park now..Sexton, Warburton and a new front row for the Lions….All Blacks have called on Perenara, and both replacement props.

58mins : Mistake from George Kruis in midfield..that was not good. Scrum ABs on halfway…Big 10 mins coming up now…ABs could put the game to bed with the next score.

55mins:Try All Blacks : Rieko Ioane – TMO will look at  a possible knock on from Read.No knock on at the base of the scrum…All Blacks playing under penalty advantage…Smith with a bullet pass out to Cruden..huge number…Dagg finds Ioane and he crashes over..ABs only chance of the half and they score..clinical. Barrett adds the two-points. Tough road back now for the visitors.

53mins: All Blacks not making too many dents here..SBW with a nice little run but can't offload…12 phases so far..Te'o goes for an intercept but knocks the ball on..that would have been curtains.. a dead set 7 pointer.

52mins: SBW with the grubber that is collected well by Liam Williams but his kick is awful and the ABs have a lineout on the Lions 10m line.

51mins: Cross kick from Cruden..It's straight to Watson but he can't handle and the ball heads into touch..ABs take it quickly.

49mins: Rain is pelting down at the moment. Lions with the ball just inside their own half as Murray with another box kick but it's too far and Barrett clears.

47mins: Another All Blacks mistake..Sam Cane this time…it was Kaino who came off for Savea..great play from Aaron Smith sets Ioane free down the touchline..they shift the ball into midfield where Cane loses it..great tackle from O'Mahony. Scrum Lions on theor own 22. Itoje on for Alun-Wyn Jones.

Anthony Watson skips past All Blacks defenders (Photosport)
Anthony Watson skips past All Blacks defenders (Photosport)

45mins: Lions make a mess of that…O'Brien losses the ball forward..Dagg with a big kick down field..Williams will counter..gets the ball to Watson who skips past four would be defenders..good cover from Whitelock and he loses the ball forward...end to end stuff…Lions must make the most of these chances. Ardie Savea on for Sam Cane.

43mins: SBW loses the ball in midfield and here goes the Lions on the counter..Davies breaks free and Williams should score but he's pulled down by Aaron Smith..the shift it and look certain to score but Te'o slips..penalty for offside and Farrell kicks for touch! Lineout 5m for the visitors.

42mins: Te'o with a tip tackle on SBW – pretty close call for mine..Lineout to the ABs on the Lions 10m line.

41mins: Elliot Daly climbed high above Rieko Ioane to claim the kick off but knocked it on I the tackle..scrum ABs on their own 22.

Second half – A compelling first half – that was totally worth the hype…both teams had their moments but the ABs do look good with ball in hand…no Ben Smith or Ryan Crotty remember..Owen Farrell gets the game back underway…no changes for the Lions.

Halftime: Well that lived up to the hype didn't it…Lions started with a roar (Pun intended) but couldn't out the ABs away..the world champions took control and the Lions were in trouble after 35 minutes down 13-3 but then Liam Williams sparked a move that produced one of the best counter attack tries you will ever see….it's game on at Eden back in 10 minutes!!

39mins: Lions with a good spell of possession…but Cane win a turnover and the ABs go onto the counter..clock ticking down..All Blacks now inside Lions territory as Retallick busts through the middle…but Dagg knocks it on and Conor Murray smashes it into touch and we are done for the first half..Phew!! what a fort minutes.

Sean O'Brien crashes over for the Lions (Photosport)
Sean O'Brien crashes over for the Lions (Photosport)

36mins: Try Lions: BRILLIANT – Sean O'Brien - Counter attack at its absolute best..Williams from inside his 22 ghosts through some poor ABs midfield defence...Barrett makes the tackle but he gets the ball away to Daly who draws Dagg…Davies to the corner but great cover from Barrett again but O'Brien goes over from the offload..sensational play..Farrell can't add the two.

35mins: Ben Smith won't be back.

34mins: Penalty goal All Blacks – Barrett makes no mistake..feel really gutted for Ryan Crotty…and the ABs could be in trouble if Ben Smith fails his concussion test. 10 point lead restored.

33mins: Superb kick off from Cruden and the ABs get the ball back..Read makes a break..gets the ball away to Crotty…Aaron Smith milks a penalty..playing under advantage…Crotty's night looks done..hamstring…ALB will come on..Barrett will have a shot.

31mins: Farrell throws it over..Lions get on the board.

30mins: All Blacks offside at the ruck..Owen Franks..Farrell will have a shot from in front.

29mins: Big chance for the Lions..Cross-kick from Farrell..Daly collects it out of Daggs hands..Daly beats the tackler but loses the ball whilst trying to put Davies under the posts..cover tackle from Dagg. They have a lineout though as that was under advantage..20m out.

28mins: HIA spell for Ben Smith…Cruden on..Barrett to fullback.

26mins: Turnover for the Lions..Ben Smith took the high ball well but o'Brien gets the turnover…Alun-Wynn Jones loses it forward and the ABs looking to counter..good defence from the BIR..charge down from Furlong off the back of a Smith box kick..but he knocks it on trying to collect..Ben Smith doesn't look to good..getting looked at by the trainers.

25mins: An SBW knock on leads to some helter skelter play..Murray with the kick that Barrett can't clean up well..he throws the ball to Dagg who evades Daly…..Loose from the All Blacks until Aaron Smith clobbers the ball down field..great kick from Smith..Lineout Lions on their own 10m line..George down with an injury now.

24mins: Sam Cane did a great job over the ball comes to a stop..Joe Moody getting some treatment..Lions thank him for the rest.

23mins: Another box kick that Smith knocks back this time..Sean O'Brien penalised for holding on at the breakdown..Penalty ABs on their own 10m line.

22mins: Lions have a midfield scrum after Barrett is smashed in the tackle by Te'o

20mins: Now the big question..can the Lions chase a game rather than squeeze it.

Cody Taylor scores the All Blacks only first half try (Photosport)
Cody Taylor scores the All Blacks only first half try (Photosport)

18mins: Try All Blacks – Cody Taylor - Wow! What a pick up from his boot laces..Lions penalised for slowing the ball down..Aaron Smith takes it quickly…Barrett with the long pass out to Taylor who does wonderfully well and crashes over in the corner..ABs running the Lions ragged…Barrett smokes it over from the sideline. 10-0.

17mins: ABs offloads causing the BIR a ton of problems early..Moody and Crotty in that this movement..All Blacks on attack on the Lions 10m line..11 phases.

16mins: Brilliant from Retallick..on his feat at the tackle on Jamie George….Lions hooker can't get the ball back and the ABs get a scrum on halfway.

14mins: Penalty goal All Blacks – Barrett makes no mistake..ABs get the semi-early lead.

13mins: Good attack from the ABs…Faletau is penalised for being offside at ruck time..Barrett will take a shot here from a handy spot.

12mins: Cross kick from Barrett..Watson climbs up like Superman and plucks it out of thin air..Dagg would have scored for sure. Watson clears but the ABs take it quickly.

Aaron Smith clears from the ruck (Photosport)
Aaron Smith clears from the ruck (Photosport)

11mins: Another box kick from Murray but Dagg swallows it well…ABs go on attack inside Lions territory..making good ground the forwards…SBW with a nice run in midfield. Lions defence holding up at this stage.

9mins: Ben Smith knocks on from a Murray box kick and the Lions go on the attack but it's lost by Te'o..Aaron Smith with a great kick from the ruck..finds touch on the Lions 22.

7mins: Aaron Smith turns the ball over inside the Lions 22..Farrell with a lovely kick down field but Dagg replies with a monster kick himself..Lineout BIR on ABs 10m line.

5mins: Knock-on Lions on halfway..a wayward grubber from Barrett but Murray can't collect it..ABs scrum.

4mins: Great box kick from Smith..Daly takes it well and gets smashed by read on his 22. Murray replies with a kick of his own that Barrett cleans up nicely. ABs 10m inside BIR territory.

3mins: Penalty All Blacks..BIR offside at the ruck..Barrett clears tp the ABs 10m line.

2mins: Good solid play from the BIR start..Johnathan Davies busts through the midfield and gets the ball away to Conor Murray..great tackle from Cane…Farrell away to Daly and he may have crashed over in the corner..up to the TMO who says no try..Dagg with a great tackle..try-saver.

1min: Early penalty..Aaron Smith pinged at the ruck…Lions lineout on the ABs 10m line.

Kick off: Here we go's Beauden Barrett with the start…deep into Lions territory and Faletau will bring it back.

The All Blacks perform the haka at Eden park against the Lions (Photosport)
The All Blacks perform the haka at Eden park against the Lions (Photosport)

7.36pm: Okay – that was awesome!! I'm pumped and ready for war!

7.35pm: It's Kapo o pango for the ABs..led by TJ Perenara

7.33pm: Great job by the crowd backing up Moses Makai –he smashed the anthem out of the comes the haka!!

7.32pm: Pretty sure I just saw Ben Te'o mouthing the words to God Defend New Zealand……

7.31pm: And your match officials….Jaco Peyper with the whistle…Romain Poite and Jerome Garces his assistants….it's national anthem time.

7.29pm: Kieran Read leads out the double world champions…a slow deliberate walk at that. A few boos ring out..interesting…..

7.28pm: A guard of honour form the reserves and non-playing squad members as the Lions make their way out onto Eden Park…a team united? I believe so.

7.27pm: Have to give it up to both coaches for taking a few risks in selection..not too many people had Julian Savea out of their Test team and Liam Williams, Sean O'Brien and Elliot Daly have earned their spots for the visitors with great from on tour.

7.25pm: And it took one of the greatest tries of all time to beat us that day if memory serves…the try from the end of the world or something like that.

7.23pm: Players have headed back into the changing rooms for final instructions – this game just has a different feel about it doesn't's world cup final like….the closer it has got to gameday – the more the feeling the visitors are a chance at pulling off a miracle..remember 1994? That was the last time the ABs lost at Eden Park..against France.

7.20pm: No late changes to report – there had been a rumour about Auckland today that Owen Farrell would be a late scratching but he warmed up fine so everything appears as advertised.

7.18pm: An unbelievable sea of red has invaded Eden Park's very much a fever pitch atmosphere..I have goose-bumps right now and the game is still 12 minutes away!

7.16pm: Conditions have improved in Auckland over the last 3 hours – looks to be a dry track at the Garden of Eden.

7.15pm: The time has come! Thank you so much for joining me for this titanic clash.

Hello and welcome to live updates of the All Blacks hosting the British and Irish Lions in the first of three Test matches at Eden Park in Auckland.

We bring you live streaming written commentary and all the action as it happens in the first Test of this most anticiapted series. 

Live coverage will begin from 7.15pm with the game expected to kick off at  7:30 pm (NZT).

In the meantime check out the video above as 2005 Lions tourist, Will Geenwood gives his thoughts on the first Test.


All Blacks

1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino,7. Sam Cane, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Beauden Barrett 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Ryan Crotty, 14. Israel Dagg, 15. Ben Smith

Reserves: 16. Nathan Harris, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Charlie Faumuina,19. Scott Barrett, 20. Ardie Savea, 21.TJ Perenara, 22. Aaron Cruden/Lima Sopoaga, 23. Anton Lienert-Brown


1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Jamie George, 3. Tadhg Furlong, 4. Alun Wyn Jones, 5. George Kruis, 6. Peter O’Mahony (c), 7. Sean O’Brien, 8. Taulupe Faletau , 9. Conor Murray, 10. Owen Farrell 11. Elliot Daly, 12. Ben Te’o, 13. Jonathan Davies, 14. Anthony Watson, 15. Liam Williams

Reserves:16. Ken Owens, 17. Jack McGrath, 18. Kyle Sinckler,19. Maro Itoje, 20. Sam Warburton, 21. Rhys Webb, 22. Johnny Sexton, 23. Leigh Halfpenny

Match facts and stats

Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA)

Sideline officials: Romain Poite (FRA) and Jérôme Garcès (FRA)

Review officials: George Ayoub (AUS)

Past meetings

Series won: Played 11, All Blacks 10, Lions 1

Head to head: Played 38, All Blacks 29, Lions 6, drawn 3

Last time played: All Blacks 38 def Lions 19, July 9 2005 

Last time Lions beat New Zealand: Lions 20 def All Blacks 7, June 26, 1993

Head-to-head: All Blacks - $1.21 Lions - $4.25