July 16 down the years
All Blacks whitewash the Lions
Lions skipper Ciaran Fitzgerald and New Zealand captain Andy Dalton pose together following their fourth Test clash in Auckland © Getty Images
A hat-trick of tries from All Blacks winger Stu Wilson and further scores from Jock Hobbs, Allan Hewson and Andy Haden powered the hosts to a crushing victory. The result condemned the Lions to a 4-0 whitewash in the Test series following a 16-12 victory in the opener in Christchurch, a 9-0 win in their second clash in Wellington and a 15-8 success in Dunedin.
The All Blacks lost every one of their six matches in 1949 including a total of four defeats at the hands of the Springboks with Australia also inflicting two defeat on their cross-Tasman rivals. Their heaviest defeat came at the hands of the Wallabies who beat them 16-9 in the final match of the year in Auckland.
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