New Zealand's series against the British and Irish Lions will go to a decider, after the visitors won a memorable second test at Westpac Stadium 24-21. With the teams now locked at 1-1, the third test at Eden Park on Saturday will be fought for a place in history.
There were any number of talking points but, in the immediate aftermath at least, the match will be remembered for Sonny Bill Williams' red card. The All Blacks second five-eighth hit Lions wing Anthony Watson high, and with no arms, in the 25th-minute and was shown a red card by referee Jerome Garces.
At halftime the score was level at 9-9 but the whole stadium felt on edge nine minutes later, when Farrell converted a Conor Murray try. Barrett had kicked another penalty in between and with 10 minutes to go it was all locked up at 21-21.
The Lions' fans were certainly out-shouting the locals and a "live' test match at Eden Park began to seem a certainty especially when Farrell kicked the decisive penalty with three minutes to go.
Scorers: British and Irish Lions 24 (Taulupe Faletau, Conor Murray tries; Owen Farrell 4 pen, 2 con) New Zealand 21 (Beauden Barrett 7 pen). HT: 9-9.
The DHL New Zealand Lions Series 2017 is one of the most anticipated events in New Zealand since Rugby World Cup 2011.
In June and July 2017 the British & Irish Lions will take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, every New Zealand Super Rugby team, the Maori All Blacks and the All Blacks. Be here to support your team and experience the electric atmosphere alongside thousands of passionate British & Irish Lions fans.
MATCH DAY TIMINGS
1.00pm - Public car park opens
3.00pm - Ticket Box Office opens for enquiries and collections
4.30pm - Gates open
7.35pm - Kick off All Blacks v British & Irish Lions
9.10pm - Estimated end of match
LAST MINUTE UPDATES:
A limited number of category A tickets are available. Be quick!
Plus we’re also trialling our brand new Stadium Wi-Fi tonight! Available in ALL areas. Connect via “Free Westpac Stadium WiFi”.
Car park is sold out.
NOW SOLD OUT. The Stadium car park is open from 1.00pm for this event at a cost of $30 (please note there is a fee for paying by credit card or eftpos of .60c). Online car park bookings are now closed.
Public Transport is a great and easy way to get to the Stadium. Trains will be running extra services both pre and post matches, and Go Wellington event shuttles will be running every 10 minutes between from Cambridge Terrace (outside Base Backpackers) and the front gates at the Stadium.
To save yourself time and stress on the night, check transport routes in advance and leave plenty of time for your travel to Westpac Stadium so you can kick back and enjoy the game.
Several road closures will be in place pre-event from the following times:
Road closures include:
Drop-offs are permitted on-site in the ground level drop-off lane up until 5.30pm at the All Blacks v Lions match on Saturday 1 July. After 5.30pm, the below provisions will apply.
Taxi and public drop-offs are available at Bunny St (Wellington Railway Station) and the Thorndon Spiral. It is then a short walk along the Fran Wilde Walkway to the front gates.
Mobility drop-offs are permitted in the ground level drop-off lane on presentation of a valid Mobility Permit. Please have your permit visible at all times and ready to present to Police or Stadium staff on arrival. A people mover service is available to transport you from the car park to the front gates. Please speak to staff for more details.
BUSES & COACHES
All coaches wishing to drop-off or park for Stadium events require a permit from the Bus & Coach Association >>
Please note that demand is high for these events and there are strictly limited permits available on a first-in first-served basis.
Buses and coaches will not be permitted near the Stadium precinct and surrounding areas without a valid permit. There are no provisions for drop-off within walking distance to the Stadium. Any operators failing to comply will be denied all access to future Stadium events.
There are no taxi stands at the Stadium. Taxis are available at Bunny St (Wellington Railway Station) and the Thorndon Spiral.
A people mover service is available, especially for the mobility impaired, to take you from the Stadium to the car park, top of the Railway Station ramp and Thorndon Spiral. Please speak to staff for more details.
For the safety of all patrons, bag searches will be conducted on entry into the Stadium. Entry and search processes will be thorough so please ensure you allow plenty of time.
The Fran Wilde Walkway is part of the Central City Alcohol Ban area. Drinking and/or possession of alcohol is prohibited at all times in any public place within the Wellington city control area.
FOOD & DRINK
Please note the Mezzanine Bar will not be open to the public for this event.
TICKET PICK UP
Ticket pick-ups for the DHL NZ Lions Series are from the St James Theatre only on Courtenay Place.
Pick-ups are available from the venue on match days only from 3pm, but we strongly recommend patrons collect from the St James Theatre prior to the event.
St James is open 9am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm weekends.