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Fans enjoy epic Lions series at Welford Road

Leicester Tigers supporters were able to experience an historic day of rugby as Welford Road opened its doors for the conclusion of the British & Irish Lions series on Saturday.

Former scrum-half Harry Ellis, a Lions tourist in South Africa in 2009, shared his thoughts on the series during the third Kegs and Eggs morning in Final Whistle, with more than 120 supporters enjoying breakfast and a thrilling conclusion to the drawn series.

BBC Breakfast cameras and a BBC Five Live radio crew were also on site to hear from fans and share the emotions of the final game of the tour.

A 45-metre penalty from Owen Farrell in the 77th minute levelled the scores at 15-15 and brought Final Whistle to its feet, though there was still more drama when New Zealand were awarded a penalty at the restart before referee Romain Poite consulted the television match official and, instead, gave a scrum for accidental offside.

That decision brought a cheer from Lions fans, but they still had to endure a tense finale before the whistle was blown one last time.

The All Blacks enjoyed a dominant opening and celebrated a try from centre Ngani Laumape but led by only a point approaching half-time. Full-back Jordie Barrett then provided a ruthless finish to an incisive break for a 12-6 lead going back into the dressing rooms.

Former international scrum-half Ellis at that point said the Lions had to remain calm and keep to their plan, and they responded with an Elliot Daly penalty at the start of the second half and another kick from Farrell dragged the tourists level at 12-12.

Beauden Barrett added a three-pointer for the All Blacks before Farrell seized his moment with a long-range kick to set up an epic finale to a thrilling series.

Although Dan Cole did not add to his three Test caps from 2013, the Tigers tightead prop remains an unbeaten Lion in two tours, while there was also a Leicester link in the backroom staff for both teams with Graham Rowntree acting as scrum coach for the tourists and former scrum-half Jamie Hamilton operating as analyst for the All Blacks.


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