Henry salutes beaten Lions

New Zealand coach Graham Henry paid tribute to the British & Irish Lions after the All Blacks secured a series victory with a 48-18 triumph in the second Test. [more]

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New Zealand coach Graham Henry paid tribute to the British & Irish Lions after the All Blacks secured a series victory with a 48-18 triumph in the second Test.

Daniel Carter claimed a personal tally of 33 points as the All Blacks saw off an early barrage from the Lions to cruise home in Wellington.

And Henry – who led the British & Irish Lions in 2001 – saluted the efforts of Sir Clive Woodward’s players.

Henry told Sky Sports: "The Lions played well. We have to give them some credit. They played better than last week but our guys were up 20% on last week.

"They opened us up but then we settled and played our football. They just want to express themselves, these guys enjoy playing and they showed that.

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"Daniel Carter was quite amazing, he had a superb game. I think he was man of the match."

Lions captain Gareth Thomas was disappointed with the defeat but insisted it was not because of any lack of effort.

Thomas said: "The boys were out on their feet. We had a great start but over the 80 minutes we weren’t the better team.

"We turned the ball over and gave the ball away on attack. Against a team like this you can’t do it.

"Regardless of the scoreboard we thought we were still in it for the 80 minutes and we tried hard."

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