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The Lions defied the odds to down the All Blacks 24-21 in Wellington to take their series to a decider only for the final Auckland match to end in a 15-15 stalemate.

The Lions calculated that if the All Blacks were placed under sustained pressure they would crack eventually and duly reduced their time on the ball and shut down the space to restrict their counter-attacking ability.

Australia skills coach Mick Byrne will catch up with Steve Hansen after Saturday night's test.

"Does coming off a draw put peoples bums a bit closer to the front of the seat rather than the back of it?"

He said a reduced training load could pay dividends in Sydney.

We're excited about wanting to play.

Read gave evidence via telephone from the Intercontinental Hotel in Double Bay, where the New Zealand team also stayed previous year and where they are undergoing their final preparations for tomorrow night's match.

"He sat watching the Lions series because of his (injured) thumb and we thought he deserved a chance".

A guilty verdict will incense the All Blacks while exoneration will effectively leave the mystery unsolved and the Australians thinking the cloud of suspicion they believe is hovering for them, lingering for longer.

A fitter and more fired-up Sonny Bill Williams has returned to Sydney with a point to prove for the All Blacks after serving a four-game suspension.

That run to the world title decider at Twickenham is now a distant memory for Australian rugby fans, who have had to get used to regular losses in the intervening two years, including a home defeat to Scotland in June.

The pressure is on coach Michael Cheika and his Wallabies after their shock home loss to Scotland in June and coming off a awful Super Rugby season where Australian sides were 0-26 against Kiwi opposition.

The 32-year-old, however, was cleared to play two weeks ago after a convoluted appeals process ended controversially with World Rugby expressing their surprise at the decision.

"We dealt with it decisively, there's nothing more I can add to that, but if there is anything more to say it will come from the New Zealand Rugby Union".

"He's certainly raring to go - it's been an awkward time for him, it's been tough".

"And when the little brother appears to be winning more than he should be, you probably get a little bit hacked off about it and it does create a bit of resentment".

Williams was sent off during New Zealand's second Test against the British and Irish Lions, having struck the face of Anthony Watson with a shoulder charge.

He tearfully apologised back in October for the incident, saying he let down friends, family and partner Teagan Voykovich.

The messages suggest the halfback failed to reveal the full story to his All Black bosses about what really happened in the airport incident.


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