'Appalling' Bennett costs the Lions dear
So, Phil, how did it go? © Getty Images
Phil Bennett's Lions were beaten 19-7 by the All Blacks in their third Test in Dunedin, and it was Bennett who was blamed for the loss. "On his day there is no other player more capable of destroying a team," wrote the Daily Express. "Yet when he was most needed, he failed. His play and his captaincy were appalling … he totally lost his touch." Aside from missing three kicks = the last from right in front of the posts - his passing and general kicking was below par. Lions manager George Burrell admitted as much. "You can't go on making as many mistakes and expect to win."
South Africa debut made their Test debut against the touring Lions - also playing their first-ever Test match in Port Elizabeth. The Lions won the match 4-0 thanks to tries from Randolph Aston and Tom Whittaker and a conversion from Arthur Rotherham.
The Lions wrapped up their Test series against Australia with a third successive win. Tries by Blair Swannell and the Welsh threequarters Teddy Morgan, Rhys Gabe and Willie Llewellyn inspired a 16-0 victory in Sydney.
Port Elizabeth was again the scene for the opening Test of a Lions - South Africa series. Irish forward Tommy Crean led the tourists to an 8-0 victory on the Crusader Ground. Tries from Irishman Lawrence Bulger and Englishman Walter Carey and a conversion from Fred Byrne carried the tourists to victory.
In one of the best performances of their tour of New Zealand, the Lions beat Auckland 12-6. Welshman Dai Watkins played a captain's role by dropping two neat goals.
The Springboks suffered their first defeat on New Zealand soil. The South Africans were beaten 6-4 by Canterbury at Lancaster Park in Christchurch.