The All Blacks played their usual triple threat game and produced all their expected spark and flair, but so too did the Lions.
The All Black skipper has given himself the big tick and is ready to lap up a once-in-career experience.
Games come and go. The seasons roll from one to the next.
It is shaping up as a tense weekend for New Zealand sports fans.
The British and Irish Lions are right where they want to be and believe strength throughout the squad will pay dividends tonight.
In preparing his team for Saturday's seismic first test against the British and Irish Lions, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made a point of looking to the past for inspiration.
Being courageous and bold, Warren Gatland says, is the key to winning the first test at Eden Park.
The most eagerly awaited test in New Zealand is just around the corner, in Auckland tomorrow night. What points towards a home town victory and what are the things creating worry lines?
Peter O'Mahony will captain the British & Irish Lions against the All Blacks in the first test on Saturday.
Rieko Ioane has been handed what must be considered a shock start on the left wing for the All Blacks in the first test against the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park.
Eden Park is just another rectangle of grass, the All Blacks say, although their long-struggling opponents might beg to differ.
All Blacks captain Kieran Read took part in a first full contact training session since being injured, and coaches think he will be fit to face the British and Irish Lions.
A week out from the first test between the Lions and All Blacks, there is no confusion about what lies in store.
Highlanders assistant coach and former All Black Scott McLeod has been appointed as a new assistant coach of the All Blacks.
The All Blacks gave Samoa a rugby lesson in Auckland last night, thrashing the visitors 78-0 at Eden Park.
It is predictable as night follows day.
The importance of New Zealander Ben Te'o to the British and Irish Lions backline has just increased significantly following the thigh injury to Owen Farrell which has ruled the Englishman out of...
Test rugby's most experienced referee has revealed he disagrees with a host of key decisions made by whistle-blowers so far on the Lions tour.
Manu Samoa will hope to ask a few questions of the All Blacks tonight and answer a few questions of themselves.
Unable to take part in the Highlanders' famous win over the Lions, Ben Smith has been amply compensated by being named captain of the All Blacks for the first time.