Beast of Eden

It all comes down to next week!

The series is level, but the odds will once again be with the All Blacks in the cauldron of Eden Park.

However, the ABs will be nervous – they are not used to losing and the idea of going down for the first time since 1971 to the Lions will make them uncomfortable. The ‘Cake Tin’ didn’t quite have the ‘invincibility’ of Auckland, but they still lost there for the first time since 2003 earlier today.

It was also the first time they haven’t scored a try in a test for almost three years.

There is little doubt that they will want to overpower the Lions and to clinch the series – they will be a dangerous beast next Saturday.

Warren Gatland’s strategy paid off in Wellington – the question now is what he does with the squad for the grand finale.

I wouldn’t do too much to be honest – barring injuries, the only question mark has to be over Mako. His indiscipline could have cost the team a lot more than 10 minutes with 14, it might have cost the game.

I would have a serious word with him and make sure he understands how much he let the team down. But I would keep the same starting XV and bench  – even though I think this is very tough on Iain Henderson and Justin Tipuric, both of whom have been exceptional on the tour and are unlucky to miss out on the tests.





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