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Lawes helps Lions tie series

Travis PerkinsSponsored by Travis Perkins

Courtney Lawes was a second half replacement as the British and Irish Lions staged another fightback to tie the series with New Zealand.

After their stunning win in Wellington last Saturday the Lions headed to Auckland knowing that the world champions had not lost two back-to-back home tests for nearly 20 years, and had not been turned over at Eden Park since 1994.

The first 20 minutes saw the hosts turn on the style and the power, and they scored the game's only two tries. But the Lions did not lost their composure, adjusted their defensive patterns, and with both Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly on target with their shots at goal the visitors gave the hordes of travelling supporters something to cheer with five penalties between them.

Inevitably there will be mixed emotions in the immediate aftermath of the final whistle, but when the dust settles everyone associated with the Lions will be proud of their achievements on the toughest tour of them all.

Elsewhere in the Pacific Islands Campese Ma'afu and Api Ratuniyarawa were part of the Fiji team that overcame Tonga 14-10 in the Pacific Nations Cup.