CHRIS FOY’S TOUR HIGHS AND LOWS

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY…

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BEST TRY: The Lions’ first try in the first Test was long-range po­etry in mo­tion. Liam Wil­liams coun­tered from deep, Jonathan Davies and El­liot Daly raided down the left and Sean O’Brien fin­ished it (right). Clas­sic.

MATCH-DAY IR­RI­TANT:

Ev­ery game fea­tured fre­quent at­tempts to gal­vanise home fans with loud tan­noy ren­di­tions of a well-known Kiwi song, Tu­tira Mai. It was ex­cru­ci­at­ing, un­til the Lions fans hi­jacked it.

BIG­GEST HITS:

Ben Te’o flat­tened Sonny Bill Wil­liams in the first Test and was un­lucky to be pe­nalised for the state­ment tackle. Sam Cane on Owen Far­rell in Welling­ton was an­other mon­strous shot.

UN­LUCK­I­EST TOURIST:

Ross Mo­ri­arty. Glouces­ter’s Wales back­rower played well de­spite jet-lag in Whangarei, but suf­fered a back spasm and soon came to the re­al­i­sa­tion that he wouldn’t play again.

HAKA HIGHLIGHT:

New Zealand named their squad at an Auck­land school and the 1st XV rugby play­ers per­formed a rous­ing, im­promptu war dance to hon­our the vis­it­ing Maori All Blacks head coach.

TOP AT­MOS­PHERE:

The Sec­ond Test in Welling­ton (right). It was glo­ri­ously rau­cous and tribal. Eden Park doesn’t hold noise well but the place known as the ‘Cake Tin’ re­ver­ber­ated with chants of ‘Oh Maro Itoje’.

MAGIC MOMENT:

Beau­den Bar­rett took ev­ery­one’s breath away in the se­ries opener when he chased a loose pass and — un­der pres­sure — swooped to scoop it up one-handed. Sheer, bril­liant skill.

SO NEAR, BUT SO FAR:

To­mas Fran­cis, one of the so-called ‘ge­og­ra­phy six’, was brought to the touch­line sev­eral times in the Hurricanes game but was held back, mean­ing no of­fi­cial Lions num­ber.

MOST EN­GAG­ING LIONS:

Sam War­bur­ton — the cap­tain who re­in­forced his cre­den­tials as a pas­sion­ate am­bas­sador. Kyle Sinck­ler — the rookie English prop who was so clearly just liv­ing his dream.

BRAVE OF­FI­CI­AT­ING AWARD:

Jerome Garces. The French ref­eree stuck to his con­vic­tion that Sonny Bill Wil­liams had to be sent off in Welling­ton, when his as­sis­tants and the TMO told him to re­con­sider.

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