Andrew's last-gasp drop-goal sinks Wallabies
Rob Andrew's last minute kick sent England through to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals on this day in 1995
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Until Jonny Wilkinson's World Cup-winning drop-goal eight years later, Rob Andrew's last-minute dropped goal was probably the most famous in England history, knocking the holders, Australia, out of the World Cup as Will Carling led England to a 25-22 victory in the quarter-final at Newlands in Cape Town. Tony Underwood scored a great solo effort in the first- half but that was cancelled out by a try from Damian Smith. In injury-time Martin Bayfield won a crucial lineout and pushed the rolling maul forward with the rest of the pack. Scrum-half Dewi Morris then swept the ball to Andrew who drop-kicked from 45 metres to send the travelling English fans ballistic.
Wales's Tommy Jones-Davies scored a try hat-trick playing fullback for the Lions in their 34-11 win against West Coast/Buller at Greymouth. On the same day New Zealand's selectors were left with a few headaches after the Probables side went down 17-11 to the Possibles in a Test Trial.
Tries by Austin Healey and John Bentley brought the Lions a 20-14 win in Johannesburg against the Gauteng Lions (formerly Transvaal). Bentley scored a memorable try which was one of the highlights of the tour for the Lions. "I had a poor game [against Northern Transvaal]," he said. "I'm a vocal guy so it was time for me to put up or shut up. I'm glad to have helped put the tour back on the road."
If England's World Cup win over Australia was nail-biting stuff, the day's other quarter final was more straightforward as New Zealand beat Scotland 48-30 but few were impressed with the manner of their victory. The Times saying: "Much [of their play] was entirely uncharacteristic. There were cases of indiscipline, of poor play and lack of skill. It seemed, for a while, that the All Blacks' care for their own high standards had deserted them." The game was the 60th and last international for Gavin Hastings who was carried shoulder high from the pitch by Scotland fans.
Mike Campbell-Lamerton's Lions made an inauspicious start to the New Zealand leg of their tour, losing their opening match 14-8 against Southland at Invercargill.
Dr Tom Smyth's Lions opened their tour of South Africa with a 14-4 win against the South-Western Districts at Mossel Bay.
Ciaran Fitzgerald's Lions enjoyed one of their finest wins in New Zealand, beating Brian McKechnie's Southland 41-3 in Invercargill.
New Zealand ran up their then highest score against Wales, winning 54-9 at Auckland. It was the end of a wretched tour for Wales who were thrashed in both Tests and only managed to win two of the provincial matches. Local press slammed their lack of fitness and skill, although the WRU was attacked for agreeing to a schedule of eight matches in a little over three weeks, a commitment even All Black coach Alex Wyllie said was ridiculous.