JJ stars for the Lions
JJ Williams was on the scoresheet for the Lions on this day in 1974
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The Lions beat South-West Districts 97-0 at Mossel Bay, with Alan Old establishing an individual record by scoring 37 points while JJ Williams ran in six tries. The Lions went on to win 21 of the 22 matches on that tour and took the test series 3-0 and Willie John McBride's side went down in history as 'The Invincibles'.
Eighteen-year-olds James Haskell and Paul Doran-Jones made the papers for all the wrong reasons. An Under-18 England internationals were revealed having filmed Doran-Jones having sex with his girlfriend at Wellington College and then shown the tape to a packed common room. A pupil at the school told the Daily Express: "It lasted for fully 30 minutes and was really funny, more than anything else. Paul was flexing his muscles and grinning at the camera all the way through. He was really showing off. He thinks he is a big-time rugby player and so was trying to do his 'hard man' bit for the video camera. He knew exactly where the lens was and stared at it virtually all the time. The school has been trying to keep it under wraps." The three involved were suspended by the school.
For the second year running Wasps came through the play-offs to win the Zurich championship without ever leading the league table. Any resemblance to the previous year's massacre of Gloucester was coincidental as Bath pushed Wasps to the limit, pressing hard on their line when the final whistle was blown after nine minutes of injury time.
Centre Stuart Aboott scored the crucial try in a 10-6 win, linking up with wing Tom Voyce to win a close game.
New Italy boss John Kirwan began his reign as national coach with a 37-13 victory over New Zealand second division side Manawatu.The fixture was the first of Italy's tour of New Zealand and was the national side's first win since they triumphed over Fiji the previous November.
Matteo Barbini crossed for two tries as the Azzurri led 16-10 at the break, but the inexperienced Manawatu side took command early in the second half but were hit by three three tries in quick succession as Italy stretched their lead.
Bob Hiller fired the British & Irish Lions to a 23-14 win against Eastern Province with a try, conversion and three penalty goals in Port Elizabeth.
Welsh winger John Bevan scored three tries for the Lions in a convincing 35-14 defeat of Waikato in Hamilton.
Roy Dryburgh established a record for a Springbok on tour, crossing for six tries in South Africa's 47-3 win against Queensland in Brisbane.
France won the third match of their tour of South Africa, defeating a strong Transvaal side 20-14 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg. Jean-Louis Bérot converted a try, kicked a penalty and dropped two goals to maintain the visitors' unbeaten record.
Two dropped goals by Doug Bruce steered Canterbury to a comfortable 18-4 win against Ireland in Christchurch. Skipper Tom Grace scored a consolation try for the visitors at the Jade stadium.
Former All Black scrum-half Mark Robinson signed for Northampton.