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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 July, 2005, 15:05 GMT 16:05 UK
Lions in NZ tour blog
The All Blacks have won the third Test in Auckland to complete a series whitewash of the Lions.

So what's your reaction to Saturday's match, and the tour as a whole?

There was also a minute's silence before the match started, in memory of those killed and injured in Thursday's London bomb blasts.

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1600 BST: Bazz, London, UK
There is one major success from this tour, the fans. Perhaps soccer could learn that just because your team have lost, and you are in a foreign land, that you do not have to behave badly. The Lions travelling supporters did their country proud.

1540 BST: Paul, Edinburgh
To Jim in Germany - what nonsense! Watch the Welsh game against France and tell me that was "poor quality". Sounds to me like a feeble excuse from an Englishman living on past glories. I look forward to a Welsh win in Twickenham!

1536 BST: Xanthe, Hamilton, NZ
That was an awesome game that the Lions team played for the third match, I hope the barmy army, Prince William and of course the main people "THE LIONS" enjoyed your stay here in NZ. Hope to hear more from you guys in the future. LIONS! LIONS! LIONS! LIONS! RRRRRRAAAAAAAAA best wishes to you all for the future and when you guys cum back be sure to kick some butt.

1534 BST: Welshman in Ottawa, Canada
I am stunned to read that Sir Clive hails the tour as a success. I struggle with that one !! Leadership is about taking it on the chin - time to show us how good your boxing chin is, Sir Clive. We were humbled - let's face up to it. Applaud the All Blacks. Yes, there was a new shape to the game - the blocking play .......BUT the game has moved on to a new level and, let's not forget, that they would have probably crucified us, anyway, without their new tactics. The Lions must continue ... look at how much excitement this has generated, worldwide. Boy, I'm looking forwards to the AB tour to the UK!!!

1528 BST: Sam, Wellington, NZ
Well done, Lions. If this was the first test, the series would be really great. It's a shame you were stuck with a coach who doesn't seem to know how to be gracious and thinks the tour can be judged by spin rather than results on the pitch. Yes, you might have lost the series, but you never stopped trying. We admire that. We just can't stand ungracious people. By the way, well done to the supporters too! You showed us how to really support your team.

1526 BST: Peta Seel, France
Sadly if this Lions tour has proved anything it is that the Lions are now an anachronism, part of a bygone age. Just look at the record since rugby union turned professional. With the advent of professionalism and the intense competition this involves, anyone who expects any outcome other than a whitewash of a team cobbled together from four countries, who, only weeks before, were bashing seven bells out of each other in the Six Nations, is living in cloud cuckoo-land. That includes Sir Clive Woodward. This is not to denigrate the AB's. The best side won the Tests. It is just that the Lions are not the best of the Northern Hemisphere. There is no place in modern rugby for the philosophy of the Lions so let's put them out of their misery and abandon this tour. Has anyone ever asked why the Tri-Nations teams don't send a combined team over here after their season has ended? They are not stupid and don't like being humiliated, that's why.

1501 BST: Cory, New Zealand
Yep! The Lions may not have won the Test matches but their supporters won the hearts of New Zealanders, what fantastic ambassadors they were for Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England. We loved them all who cares who won or lost the rugby.

1443 BST: Patrick, Gloucester
Clive hang your head in shame - after your comments in 2001 about Henry's stewardship of the Lions, you were at least expected to compete. As said earlier - Players different class, Management / Coaching different planet.

1432 BST: Matt, Bristol
I was in New Zealand last year when England toured. From what I saw then and saw in the Lions tour, the All Blacks are back. They are probably the strongest team in the world at the moment. Their coaching staff have reinvented the All Blacks back into one of the most feared teams in the world. They have such a strong passion and a stronger wanting for the win the game than the Lions have shown.

1400 BST: James Sharp, Totnes
The overall controlled and measured approach seemed to limit the Lions. We expected a bit more flair, especially from the Welsh, but they seem to have been suffocated, both on the field and off.

1346 BST: Gethin, Lincoln
SCW took real umbrage in 2001 when he didn't coach the Lions then, but at least Graham Henry won one Test and has now whitewashed us on this tour! Supposedly the best prepared Lions ever have flopped and whilst some of the players must take their share of blame, SCW needs to look at where he got the basics wrong. There is some merit in having Test-only tours - which aren't really in the spirit - or taking two teams, one solely for the provincial games, the other purely for the Tests. That said, the AB are awesome at the moment - go on their website and just see how the teams are structured all the way through from junior level to the full team. It shows how an entire country gets behind its national support and ensures they produce the best in the world.

1312 BST: Ian Robertson, Radio Five Live
It hasn't been a great for the players, the coaching staff and the head coach Sir Clive Woodward. They won all five midweek matches, those teams were coaches by Ian McGeechan and Gareth Jenkins. They formed a bond and got the players onside with them, the players rallied round. They looked like a team, coached as a team. You could not accuse the Saturday side of performing to those heights and that was the great disappointment.

1207 BST: Andrew James, Newport
The IRB has to do something about the blatant off-the-ball thuggery and obstruction that has occurred throughout the three Tests. Unless strong citing commissioners are appointed, the professional foul creeping into the game will cause rugby to descend into anarchy. It must be stopped.

1200 BST: Jim, Germany
The key problem for the Lions was the poor quality of the players. In the Six Nations, the English were clearly rebuilding, France were also below par and the Irish were over the hill. The resurgence of Welsh rugby was part down to a Welsh improvement but mostly down to the lower quality overall. Given this I fully understand why Woodward selected those tested English players, even though they had not participated in the Six Nations. At the end of the day, whilst it did not look convincing, the first Lions Test was the best in terms of score. That is the only statistic that counts.

1151 BST: Chris, Amersham
Penetrative rugby at international level requires exceptional levels of precision, precision that can only come from long periods of playing together. I feel very sorry for the Lions players who have been made to look so feeble. I accept that the ABs are playing at a quite remarkable level, but I feel sure that Wales (or Johnson's England)would have run them closer than the Lions. I really don't see a future for the Lions, the social and cultural spin offs are inconsequential when what takes place on the pitch is so embarrassing.

1141 BST: Lyn and Rich, Dorset
Sir Clive should take a look at himself as a coach. A plan used from two years ago just didn't work and rugby is developing into a fast game. He should have had scouts watching the Super 12 series and he would have known what to expect.

1052 BST: Wyn Lewis, Fremantle, Western Australia
The queen should remove SCW's knighthood and have him beheaded for mindless incompetence. Good luck Southampton.

1038 BST: David J Fox, France
Only one phrase sums up the series: Lions led by donkeys.

1026 BST: Edwin Chinye, London
Incidents and expectations aside, it's high time the All Blacks are given the credit they certainly deserve. They would have beaten any combination of British and Irish rugby players. Looking forward to Tri-Nations!

1018 BST: Jason Leonard, Radio Five Live
This tour will be viewed as a huge failure. A lot was made that this was the best prepared Lions team to leave our shores and that has been proved not to be true. Clive Woodward will come in for a tremendous amount of flack and it is his neck that is on the chopping block. He has made all the claims and it has not happened.

1003 BST: Philip, UK (New Zealander)
Federer to only play finals at Wimbledon; Lance only to ride last stage of Tour; Tiger only has to play last three holes; Future Lions will only play Tests... True champions prepare & stay the distance. The All Blacks always play Britain's best & the home nations - Only playing Tests would weaken, not strengthen, the Lions performance.

0956 BST: Baz, Hurcott
The All Blacks have comprehensively beaten us and I am disappointed with Woodward's approach. However, am I alone in thinking the All Blacks a cynical outfit with late tackles, blocking and off the ball tackles being a regular part of their game?

0932 BST: Trevor, Auckland
I understand Steve Graham's issue about the Haka and under different circumstances I would agree.

What I hope you will accept Steve is that the Haka is a display that is not only intended to intimidate the "enemy" but to honour them.

And given what has happened, I believe we all in Auckland and New Zealand in fact would like to honour the touring Lions team, their fans (who have been awesome guests) and share our solidarity with those they left at home.

We sincerely honour those here and those in London as we have done through thick and thin before.

This is a game, what happened this week in England isn't and we appreciate the difference.

0911 BST: Billy, Holland
Are the AB's really this good or are the lions so rubbish that they make the AB's look unbeatable? I guess we will see when the Tri-Nations start...

0856 BST: Martin Bayfield, Radio Five Live There is more energy about the All Blacks than the Lions. We are winning plenty of ball but it is lethargic, there is no punch and no drive. And it is remarkable that New Zealand, with about 50 per cent of the ball, have three tries from almost nothing. The Lions are labouring.

0743 BST: Julie, Auckland, New Zealand
A nice thing happened in Auckland. the Mayor Of Auckland went down to the Barmy Army HQ to offer Fans support and sympathy for the tragic events in London. He presented flowers and a card to the high commissioner of the UK, but the biggest cheer came when he shouted everyone a free drink on Auckland city.

0600 BST: Phil Bangkok
It took a viral infection to remove Steve Thompson from today's final Test but why has SCW not given Gordon Bulloch the slot after Shane Byrne's poor line-out performance in the first Test. What does it take?

0503 BST: Helen, Newcastle, UK, on tour in NZ
No matter the result of tonight's game, it would be unfair for the Lions to blame their poor results on 'tiredness'. The All Blacks always tour Europe at the end of their NPC season and they never complain. The last World Cup was at the end of their season as well..and no complaints. 'Tiredness' cannot be a factor in these professional days....especially considering the support staff the players have.

0430 BST: Steven Graham, Saitama, Japan
I believe in light of the London tragedy last Thursday and the scheduled one-minute silence to be observed before the 3rd Test, that the All Blacks should not perform the Haka. To perform it after a one-minute silence would be totally inappropriate.

0248 BST: Piotr Jasica, North Shore, Auckland
Having had our city invaded and painted red by the Lions supporters, I have to take my hat off to these people. It has been awesome. I for one will miss these red coats when they have gone and so will thousands of others. We have never seen such great sports and in such numbers before. You can be proud of those that came down under to cheer, beer and have a blast. I am taking my wife to her first Test tonight and we will be cheering for our boys in black, but look forward to being part of the experience.





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