Lions ready for Brutal NZ decider

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July 5, 2017
Lions ready for Brutal NZ decider

WEET HOE: Furlong

British and Irish Lions prop Tadhg Furlong says he knows what the wounded All Blacks will bring to the Test series decider in Auckland on Saturday, and it’s going to be brutal.

Part of the Lions team that downed New Zealand 24-21 in Wellington last Saturday, Furlong was also in the Ireland side that beat the All Blacks 40-29 in Chicago last year.

That victory, Ireland’s first ever over the New Zealanders, sparked a furious response from the world champions during the return fixture in Dublin.

NZ ran out 21-9 victors, conceding 14 penalties and picking up two yellow cards as they bludgeoned the men in green into submission.

Furlong predicts a similar reaction at Eden Park after the All Blacks’ forwards were outmuscled in Wellington.

He says: “I remember coming off the pitch and being absolutely shattered. I was sore for days after it.

“It was one of the most brutal Test matches I’ve played in my short career. I think everyone will expect that and try and tee themselves up for it.”

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