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All Blacks, British Lions draw 3rd test 15-15, share series

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland insists his side can return home with their heads held high after drawing their Test series with New Zealand, but admits the result “feels a bit like kissing your sister”.The 53-year-old shared a beer with his opposing coach, Steve Hansen, after Saturday’s 15-15 draw but was encouraged before the final Test to hear Hansen suggest there was more to life than New Zealand winning the series. “I don’t think he had any chance of getting his hand on that. Gold medals are won on the training pitch, long before they are won on the rugby pitch”. “This is a fantastic team we were playing against”.”I look back in a real highlight of my career [the Rugby World Cup 2011]”.Kieran Read appealed to Poite for another penalty, some players dropped to their knees, others congratulated their team-mates and Owen Farrell explained “it’s a draw” to one of his fellow Lions.”I’m very humbled and chuffed to bits to get an award which is voted for by your peers”, said Davies, of his award.For most of the players and spectators who had expected to see a clear victor, there was an overwhelming feeling of bewilderment, frustration and disappointment.Beauden Barrett converted expertly, but Farrell got the Lions on the board with a penalty midway through a breathless first half that New Zealand dictated without being able to press home their advantage.”For us to come here to New Zealand, against the back-to-back world champions, and draw a series, I think is an unbelievable achievement considering we were completely written off”, Gatland said.On his levelling kick, Farrell added: “You know what the kick means, but I don’t think anything changes as a kicker”.However credit to the Lions; they didn’t buckle, they hung on grimly even though they never really looked in any position to actually win the game, and they kicked their goals to at least finish level.”They were very much hoping that we’d do well and that as a team and a tour we’d embrace New Zealand“.”This is one of the most special things I’ve been involved in”, Warburton said.”But I thought some of the stuff was quite personal and, as a Kiwi, I found that quite challenging to be perfectly honest”.Owens’ touch was ruled unintentional – despite clearly making a grab at the ball – and an All Blacks’ attacking scrum was set, which they duly wasted as the match and series ended all square at Eden Park.”There’s a possibility that if that opportunity came again it would be something you would consider”.One thing Gatland might accept he misjudged was the controversial call-up mid-tour of six players from Wales and Scotland, not on the basis of ability but because they happened to be on tour with their respective countries in the right time zone and could get involved quickly.”I think if anybody else was doing it then we probably might not have drawn the series”, he said.