Referee 'overthought' late All Blacks call

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We all know what happened, and we all know what should have happened, but at the end of the day, it's a game and as little kids we're taught to take the good with the bad, and we have to do that. The referee awarded a scrum to the All Blacks instead of a penalty and the Lions were able to hold off a late New Zealand surge as the series ended 1-1.

As Poite got in touch with television match official George Ayoub, Warburton turned to his teammates and advised them to pipe down.

"You always want to win, but I guess we have done the Lions jersey proud and I am sure people will be looking forward to the next tour in four years' time". I think it's a must that the Lions should continue.

When New Zealand reflect on the last couple of minutes of a hectic Test match I wonder how they will feel about being refereed in the same way as the rest of the rugby world is refereed?

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Aside from having two decent personal performances, after being benched for the First Test, Warburton has proved to be a master at coaxing favourable decisions out of referees and TMOs.

It's certainly not black and white, but the Lions were very lucky to get away with it. Poite made the decision to give the penalty, which was the correct one but the Lions players put him under pressure to look at Kieran Read's challenge in the air. It does make it hard and obviously the odds were stacked against us, but at least we know it can work in future. I was ready for 20 minutes of extra time. "I think it would be nice to see a victor". It would have made for an fantastic climax. At 28 years old, Warburton would still be in contention to feature on the 2021 tour of South Africa, with head coach Gatland admitting "the key is holding his body together".

"Crikey, I don't know if I will be playing then!" he said.

"It's not a World Cup final, so if you're good enough to get a draw then maybe it's right that both teams get recognised". Warburton has carried himself in the most exemplary of manners, and while the series victory just evaded him, he will go down as one of the greats.

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