Lions Tour – The End of Series Awards

After three exhilarating Tests, New Zealand and the Lions could not be separated as the series finished in a 1-1 draw.

The unusual sense of anti-climax at full-time, in what was supposed to be the series decider in Auckland, left fans wanting extra time or even a Fourth Test.

Whilst there was no real winner in the series, we have come up with some undisputed winners for those who made the 2017 tour a classic…

Moment of the tour

Three minutes before the end of the Third Test, with the series on a knife-edge, the two captains still found time to acknowledge what they were part of. New Zealand skipper Kieran Read simply gasped the word ‘Wow’ to opposing captain Sam Warburton, a comment that summed up the tension and atmosphere in the whole stadium.

Match of the tour

Whilst the final Test was one of the most dramatic endings to a Lions Tour, the award goes to the Second Test in Wellington. The Lions left it late as Owen Farrell’s late penalty earned the tourists a 24-21 victory and sent the travelling fans potty.

Try of the tour

There were some impressive tries scored by the All Blacks, but one particular try will stick in the memory for a long time. Despite being on the losing side in the First Test, Sean O’Brien’s stunning effort, following excellent work from Elliot Daly and Jonathan Davies, will go down in history.

Turning point of the tour

Again, there are a number of candidates. But Sonny Bill Williams’ red-card in Wellington gave the Lions a chance of levelling the series, and they duly delivered.

Player of the tour

The fact that Jonathan Davies was the best centre during the series, against one of the best teams in history, speaks volumes. Whilst Sean O’Brien and Tadgh Furlong proved themselves to be truly world-class players, Davies played every minute of the Test series and was destructive in defence as he was ruthless in attack.

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