The Lions head into a third test against New Zealand in a position not many expected. With the series at a current 1-1 draw, this is the Lions big chance to win against the best team in the world.
The All-Blacks came within three points of the Lions in the second test and played most of that match with 14 men. They will, therefore, be confident that at full strength they can overcome the test.
Warren Gatland is adamant that the Lions team are improving game by game and if he is right then this should be the best performance yet. He will want to be able to play the same side and I do not expect any changes.
The only possible exception is Mako Vunipola who gave away four penalties and a sin bin. Gatland said he was unlucky but will in no uncertain terms have let him know to make sure he cleans up his act behind closed doors.
Alun Wyn and Sam Warburton returned to the side in the second test and gave a steady performance if not groundbreaking. They will need to be on top of their game to beat New Zealand. Everyone will have to be in fact!
Not only are the all blacks going to be back in full force they seem to be taking this third test more seriously. They were straight back in the gym and on the field working out issues after the loss. The Lions meanwhile have travelled 1000 miles away from the venue Eden Park to Queenstown for a few days of relaxing. When you are sitting on an opportunity to beat the all-blacks on home soil I question how wise this is.
New Zealand will be throwing the dice with two new international starts on Saturday. Jordie Barrett is a 6ft 5 prodigy and arguably the future of all blacks. If he can bring the form in from his Super Rugby season then he will throw another spanner in the works of Lions test.
After Sonny Bill Williams ban the New Zealanders have had to make a decision in midfield. They have opted for the future in Laumape. He is a player who is more than capable to get the yards against Lions and if the breakthrough around the ruck from the first test re-emerges on the weekend then Lions could be looking down the barrel of the gun.
Everything is pointing to a New Zealand win with the team going to come back after the loss and it seems more prepared having trained fully this week. The clever money might be on a different market. Top scorer is likely to go to a player on the winning side of course, but due to the nature of this tight third test, it might be a kicking game. Newcomer Jordie Barret may lack the pace of his brother Beau but he is a better kicker with a success percentage of over 75%. If given the kicking duties he would be a great shout for top scorer.