Steve Hansen struggles to find tingle in the face of Sky’s epic Lions buildup | Simon Burnton

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The All Black coach was not buying TV’s relentless pre-match excitement but at the end the New Zealand audience seemed to get what it was yearning for

In the moments before the action got under way Scott Quinnell, prowling the touchline, tried to sum up the emotion of the occasion. “New Zealand will never have seen this kind of thing before,” he roared. “It’s not only going to be 15, it’s not only going to be 23, there’s going to be 30,000 British and Irish Lions. Tonight – tonight – our Lions – our Lions– will roar. The Lions are here for victory. And I believe, you should believe too: this is going to be epic!”

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