Aaron Cruden

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Pundits on New Zealand programme ‘Break Down’ sugggested Mako Vunipola should have been sent off duting the Lions’ win over the All Blacks in Wellington. Photograph: David Davies/PA

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Except when there’s plenty more than one of them maybe. Recall, if you will, the manner the Irish (...)

It was Warren Gatland’s weekend in Wellington. Photograph: David Davies/PA

We’re all square. Saturday morning’s 24-21 victory in Wellington means the Lions head into next weekend’s final Test match against the All Blacks at (...)

Aaron Smith is the source of the All Blacks attacking ploys. If he is dancing diagonally forward from ruck to ruck, taking two steps before torpedoing another hard runner into soaking red jerseys then the series is all but gone.

The more I re-watch the second Test, the more I see how vital New Zealand’s scrumhalf is to their attacking template. Aaron Smith dominated the first (...)

Sam Cane puts in a hit for the All Blacks against the Lions. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Israel Dagg Had one tackle to make and was run over by Faletau, struggled under slippy high balls as his absence from the test match fullback slot the(...)

 Sonny Bill Williams shoulder charges Anthony Watson  to earn a red card in the first half. Photo: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

New Zealand 21 British & Irish Lions 24 We have a test series. It’s for days, occasions and most of all games like this that millions love rugby (...)

Codie Taylor of the All Blacks dives in to score a try during the first Test match against the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Talking to some of the more fair-minded New Zealand journalists covering this tour, and not only are there plenty but it’s seemingly more informative (...)

 Rieko Ioane   scores a try for New Zealand as a helpless  Anthony Watson of the Lions looks on  at Eden Park  in Auckland. Photograph:  Fiona Goodall/Getty

NEW ZEALAND 30 BRITISH & IRISH LIONS 15 For an hour, this was an epic occasion and contest. The Lions confirmed their rapid progression over the (...)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen “Ever since Adam was a cowboy, if the tight five do the job everyone else can play.” Photo: Getty Images

Although Steve Hansen and his assistant Ian Foster looked understandably content with the All Blacks’ first test victory, and are now roaring hot favo(...)

The All Blacks were far superiour to the Lions at Eden Park. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Ben Smith: One fine high ball catch was a standout moment shortly before his departure with a HIA, from which he failed to return. Rating: 6 Israel D(...)

Aaron Smith celebrates Rieko Ioane scoring their second try. Photograph:  Marty Melville/Inpho

New Zealand 30 British & Irish Lions 15 Just too good. The world’s best side at this point in time - and perhaps any other - showed no signs of r(...)

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