Robin Thompson captained the Lions that won two and lost two in a four Tests against the Springboks in the first drawn series, 62 years later history repeated itself, in a wonderful game played with high intensity and drama to the end, a draw was a fair result, though both sides will say they left it behind them.
I felt bad for the heroic Lions who could have and probably should have won, the All Blacks were guilty of blowing a number of gilt-edged chances that would have put them out of sight, it’s a pity the Lions couldn’t capitalise though.
Roman Poite’s actions at the end of the game to controversially change a penalty decision will be talked about for a while to come. When the final whistle blew there was a sense of anti-climax in the stadium and those watching it on tv.
And so the curtain comes down on a fascinating tour, the traveling Lions fans are a credit to rugby, the sea of red at all the games will be remembered for a long time, and must be praised for their part in the odyssey.
A real success off the field, with 10 games, 5 wins, 3 losses and 2 draws, perhaps not so much on, my Lions test player of the series would have to be Jonathan Davies with a special mention to Ian Henderson, with Brodie Retalick the All Blacks recipient.
I think the real winner is rugby, 2021 and South Africa will be here before we know it.