July 30 down the years
All Blacks close in on series triumph
Lions skipper Phil Bennett was unable to inspire the tourists to victory on this day in 1977 © Getty Images
John Dawes, the captain of the victorious 1971 tour of New Zealand, was the Lions' coach while Wales fly-half Bennett led the side in their bid secure a third consecutive series victory following the 1971 triumph and the undefeated tour of South Africa in 1974.
New Zealand had taken control of the series with a 16-12 victory in Wellington but the Lions bounced back with a 13-9 win in Christchurch. The All Blacks went on to clinch the series 3-1 with a 10-9 victory in their final clash in Auckland.
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