Saturday 21 October 2017

SERIES THAT WENT DOWN TO THE WIRE

ALL BLACKS ............................................ 14

LIONS .......................................................... 14

The Lions led 2-1 after three particularly brutal Tests which saw Ireland lock Willie John McBride tell referee John Pring that unless he kept the All Blacks in check, the Lions would take things into their own hands.

The final Test was just as intense with the two sides battering each other into submission, resulting in a remarkable 14-14 draw and the first and only Lions series win on Kiwi soil.

1989

Australia .............................................. 18

Lions ......................................................... 19

Having lost the first Test, the Lions managed to take the second and travelled to Sydney determined to secure a first series win over the Wallabies.

A breathless occasion was ultimately decided by a moment of madness from the Wallabies wing David Campese. 'Campo' threw a careless pass on his own line and, as the ball bobbled free, Ieuan Evans touched down to win the day.

1993

All Blacks ............................................ 30

Lions .......................................................... 13

The Lions took the series to the final game in Eden Park courtesy of what was an outstanding 20-7 victory in the second Test.

But it was business as usual for the All Blacks in Auckland with the Lions, who trailed 14-10 at half-time, simply blown away in a dazzling second-period display by the hosts. Jon Prestron, Sean Fitzpatrick and Frank Bunce were the New Zealand try scorers, with Grant Fox kicking 15 points.

2001

Australia .............................................. 29

Lions ......................................................... 23

After an edgy first half, the Lions took the lead when Jonny Wilkinson scored a try. However, Daniel Herbert responded with his second score and after an exchange of penalties, the Wallabies led 29-23.

The Lions ended the game deep in Australian territory and they had one final chance to pinch a dramatic victory from a line-out near the Wallabies' line. Lock Justin Harrison – who was branded a "plank" by Austin Healey earlier in the tour – stole possession and that was that.

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