New Zealand v Lions Third Test: Tourists even up the series but odds favour All Blacks
A red card for the All Blacks' Sonny Bill Williams offered Great Britain & Ireland a golden chance to get back into the series, which they - just - took! Joe Dyer looks at the odds for the third and final Test...
"Latest Betfair odds for the final Test suggest the Lions won't be recreating the magic in the decider - they are [5.2] for the win with the All Blacks just [1.26]."
The third Test between New Zealand and the Lions will be a winner-takes-all clash after victory for the tourists in Wellington this morning.
The three point win for Great Britain and Ireland can be arguably be put down to a red card for Sonny Bill Williams 25 minutes into the first half that ensured Warren Gatland's side were playing against 14 men for nearly three quarters of the game.
But despite the advantage it was largely heavy going for the Lions who failed to make their supremacy count until late on. The game was locked at 9-9 at the break and the hosts went nine points up midway through the second half only to see late tries from Taulupe Faletau and Conor Murray haul them back into the game. A late Owen Farrell penalty sealed the win.
It's a sign of punters' confidence in New Zealand that they were backed at a low of [1.15] in-play on the Betfair Exchange when holding that second-half lead. The Lions were backed at a high of [8.2] in-running.
Latest Betfair odds for the final Test suggest the Lions won't be recreating the magic in the decider - they are [5.2] for the win with the All Blacks just [1.26]. Those odds may look short but New Zealand were comfortably better than the Lions in the first Test and their equals for all but the final 10 minutes of the second even though reduced to 14 men.
And this stat really underlines the scale of the task facing GB & Ireland: it's been six years since the All Blacks last lost consecutive Tests.
The third Test takes place in Auckland on Saturday July 8 at 08:35. Simon Franklin Mail will provide a full preview of the game next week.