‘The pot-boiler with the final page ripped out’ – an epic draw that left everyone a winner

Kieran Read and half a dozen Lions pictured during the trophy presentation

“Wow,” gasped New Zealand skipper Kieran Read to his opposite number Sam Warburton, three minutes before the end of the third and deciding Lions Test. “This is rugby…”

Beautiful, brutal, thrilling, maddening, it was. Exhausting, invigorating, partisan, bonding.

And then it came to an end, match locked at 15-15, series tied up the same, and suddenly no-one knew quite what it was.