Jonathan Davies of Wales was named the best player of the British and Irish Lions Series after the third set ended today. Wales drew with New Zealand after the final Test was concluded today.
The epitome game ended 15-15 draw after a long-range penalty three minutes from time from Owen Farrell snatched a draw for the Lions in an epic third Test and with it a share of the series.
The All Blacks from New Zealand had led 12-6 after halftime but three penalties from Owen Farrell and a monster from Elliot Daly tied the tie at 12-12.
The game ended 15-15 meaning the series ended in a draw (1-1) for the first time.
In the wake of this, Jonathan Davies who played every minute of the three Tests was voted the best player of the series and he said after being awarded the accolade saying; “I’m very humbled”.
“I’m chuffed to bits to get the award and to be voted by my peers. But you look back at it as a team effort, 40-odd players, I don’t know how many”.
“We dug in, we achieved something very special and I’m chuffed to bits”, he added.
Jonathan Davies with the best player award becomes the third successive Welsh player to be awarded the best player of the series after Leigh Halfpenny and Jamie Roberts in 2013 and 2009 respectively. The series are played every four years.
Despite drawing with New Zealand, the centre was full of praise for their output against the world champions. He indicated;
“Definitely. You look at the fans coming out here, I don’t know how many thousands but last week it was almost like playing a home Test”.
“I think it can’t be questioned. The Lions is something so special, to players as well. This tour has been a great advert for that”.
“Coming out here, people expected [the All Blacks to win] 3-0 and didn’t give us a chance”.
“What we did was come together, we became a team from four different countries and it was a great achievement for us, and I think we can hold our heads high”.
Congratulations to Jonathan Davies from the Ghanamansports.com desk.