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Williams recounts role in superb Lions try

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017

Liam Williams of the Lions thanks then crowd after the Test match between All Blacks and the Lions. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for NZR Liam Williams of the Lions thanks then crowd after the Test match between All Blacks and the Lions. British and Irish Lions fullback Liam Williams says his creation of one of the all-time great Lions tries came down to simply backing himself with ball in hand and galloping away.

Beating All Blacks defenders Kieran Read and Aaron Cruden, the zippy Welshman drove 50 metres down the field before offloading to Jonathan Davies.

Davies then passed on to Elliot Daly before getting the ball back and offloading for Irishman Sean O'Brien to go over from close range.

All Blacks boss Steve Hansen says the 36th-minute effort was one of the finest Test tries he's witnessed in the flesh.

Williams, a soon-to-be Saracens player, told reporters the length-of-the-field blitz was simply down to chancing his arm at the right moment.

"I love playing No.15 and I love having the ball in hand," Williams said.

"There are times when you have to stick it long or go up to the air.

"(But) I looked up, saw a bit of space and just stuck my head down."

Yet O'Brien's try was in vain, as the Lions were squeezed into submission by a physical All Blacks side that pounced on every chance, winning 30-15.

Williams' side will now need to secure victory in Wellington on Saturday for any chance of securing their first New Zealand series win since 1971.

The 26-year-old said they'd do their best to turn the series around.

"This was the biggest game of my life, and an absolute honour just to be out there on the pitch with the boys," Williams said.

"We switch off for a second, turn around and they're under the sticks.

"We will look back at the video, dust ourselves down and come back next week.

"There are ups and downs, and highs and lows."

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