Hansen explains Smith absence, tips Jordie Barrett to shine

Hansen explains Smith absence, tips Jordie Barrett to shine

The All Blacks remain at $1.19 to win the third test, while the Lions are available at $4.55.

The Lions can claim just their second-ever series win in New Zealand on Saturday, but must end the All Blacks' 39-match unbeaten run at Eden Park to make history.

All Blacks flyhalf Beauden Barrett slotted seven of 10 penalties to keep the world champions in the match despite being a man down after Sonny Bill Williams was sent off for a risky shoulder charge. He played well enough for the Hurricanes against the Lions and we're excited. Everyone is pretty aware how important the game is. They have been training for 11 months.

Should the Lions turn the two-time world champions over in their own back yard, we'll have another group of legends on our hands. They've changed their game-plan and style. Now we could have come straight to Auckland, but when you come to New Zealand, so far away, it's one of the most attractive countries in the world. "We know how hard it's going to be", Jenkins said.

"The support we have had out here has been incredible".

Lock Jones skippered the Lions to victory over the Wallabies after Sam Warburton was crocked.

"The coaches obviously felt it would add a different dimension to the team and at times we saw that on the weekend". "You appreciate it's going to be probably the biggest game we've played in but that's what every sacrifice you've made since you were a young kid is all about".

It is definitely the biggest challenge we have had in all of our careers including previous Lions tours, World Cups, Six Nations and all the big games in Europe the lads have been involved in, he told Sky Sports News HQ. We've played a good brand of rugby and people have been surprised and nearly reluctant to give us credit for that.

George is visibly gaining in confidence all the time
George is visibly gaining in confidence all the time David Davies PA

"I think the other games should be watered down and I think [the Lions'] performance in the last test was terrific, but helped greatly by the fact that New Zealand had a player sent off and also by the fact that your goal kicker missed a couple of what would normally be regarded as kickable penalties". You can see why players deem him to be an inspirational leader; there is no ego, but an unwavering work ethic and drive to get across the line.

They showed good energy to come from 18-9 down in Wellington, he said, dominating the final 15 minutes.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen insists his side will bounce back from last Saturday's defeat as he tried to play down the pressure that comes with a match of such huge magnitude.

New Zealand also lacked discipline last weekend, spending 55 minutes down to 14 men after Sonny Bill Williams was sent off for a risky tackle.

Full-back Jordie, 20, joined stand-off Beauden centre stage in a brotherly smile-off ahead of his first Test start.

Dagg, who started on the right wing in the first Test before replacing Smith at fullback for the second, returns to the right wing.

Johnny Sexton will know he is ready for the British and Irish Lions' Test series decider with New Zealand when his pre-match nerves are "worse than ever".

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