Jim Kayes has been covering rugby since the late 1990s across print/online, radio and television with The Dominion Post, Stuff.co.nz, TV3 and Newshub, Radio Live and Radio Sport. He's been to five World Cups, covered almost 200 All Blacks Tests and was on safari with the Lions when the British and Irish side last toured New Zealand, in 2005.Read more exclusive columns
Lions series 2005 remembered
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With their eye off the ball in the build up to the second Test, while the All Blacks were super keen to atone for the bashing their captain had taken in the media throughout the week, it’s little surprise the Lions were smashed in Wellington.
The 48-18 scoreline was the first time the Lions had conceded more than 40 points in a Test and Carter finished with 33 of them, scoring in every way possible. That was the series won and it was inevitable the All Blacks would complete a whitewash with victory in the third Test at Auckland’s Eden Park.
Though the Lions failed to capture New Zealand rugby hearts during their time in New Zealand, the games were good, and competitive. The Lions were pushed in every match expect the romp against Manawatu – and they were beaten in an historic night in Hamilton by the New Zealand Maori.
Despite the off field drama around O’Driscoll, this was a hugely successful tour. It proved New Zealand could cope with the huge influx of Lions fans and that helped New Zealand Rugby convince the Home Unions to support it’s bid a few months later to host the 2011 World Cup.
Are you ready? in 100 days the #NZLionsSeries17 kicks off! pic.twitter.com/Y9VgqFgdrr— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) February 22, 2017