Lions v New Zealand
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Stat-Smith | Lions special

The Lions produced a stunning 24-21 victory over 14 man New Zealand in Wellington the second Test match this morning in difficult weather conditions.

Taulupe Faletau and Conor Murray scored the Lions’ tries, and Owen Farrell scored the winning kick after a Charlie Faumuina foul on Kyle Sinckler.

The victory sets up a mouth-watering third Test in Auckland with each side having won one Test apiece so far.

Here are the best stats from the tour so far:

Home Comforts

Today was New Zealand’s first home defeat since they lost to South Africa in 2009.

The All Blacks haven’t lost at Eden Park – where they beat the lions in the first Test – in 24 years.

They had won 46 home Test matches in a row before falling to Warren Gatland’s Lions, and had won 19 of their previous 21 fixtures at the Westpac Stadium.

Woe for Williams

Sonny Boy Williams was sent off for a high shoulder charge on Lions wing Anthony Watson by French referee Jerome Garces after just 25 minutes.

He is the first All Black to be sent off against the Lions, and the first to be red carded in a Test match in New Zealand.

He’s only the third New Zealand player to be sent off in a Test game, and Colin Meads was the last New Zealand player to be sent off against the Lions, all the way back in 1967 in Murrayfield.

Hard Knocks

The Lions didn’t miss a single tackle in the first half of today’s second Test.

Justin Tipuric has made 107 tackles on his two Lions tours without missing a single one, and Welsh hooker Ken Owens is yet to miss a tackle on this tour.

 

Watertight Defence

The Lions had scored a try in each of their 38 previous matches before today, which was their second longest streak in history.

It’s also the first time that the Southern Hemisphere nation have failed to score a try against the Lions since 1977, having done so in each of their last 13 clashes with today’s visitors.

It’s the eighth time the All Blacks have scored 7+ tries, but the first time they’ve done so without scoring a try.

Simply the Best

Tommy Seymour is the Lions leading try scorer on the tour with three tries so far.

Ben Te’o tops the charts for defenders beaten (14), clean breaks (9) and offloads (9)

Rory Best has made more turnovers than any of his teammates to date.

Kryptonite

Conor Murray has been on the opposing side in the All Black’s two most recent defeats, and has scored tries in both games.

The Munster number 10 was superb in Soldier’s Field last year as Ireland beat New Zealand in Chicago, and his late try today helped the Lions towards a memorable victory, darting between TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea to power over the line.

 

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