A record-breaking day for Irvine
Scotland's Andy Irvine was in record-breaking mood for the Lions on this day in 1977
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Scotland's Andy Irvine ran in five tries, a record by a Lions fullback, in a 60-9 romp against a combined King Country/Wanganui side at Taumarunui. John Dawes, the captain of the victorious 1971 tour, was the Lions' coach while Wales fly-half Phil Bennett led the side in their bid secure a third successive tour triumph - following the 1971 triumph and the undefeated tour of South Africa in 1974. The result maintained the Lions' winning start to their tour and in total they won 20 of their 26 games. However, they lost the Test series with the All Blacks 3-1 with their only success coming in Christchurch.
A controversial goal from a mark shortly before full-time gave the All Blacks a late 9-6 victory against England in Christchurch. The game appeared to be heading to a draw when Don Clarke claimed a mark near the halfway touchline from a high kick. It took an age for him to prepare during which time England's layers repeatedly questioned the referee on their rights to charge the kick. As it was, they went too early and Clarke was then allowed to kick unchallenged. A remarkable effort squeezed home to the delight of the 40,000 crowd. England's efforts were all the more impressive as for almost the entire match lock Mike Davis played with a dislocated shoulder which had been put back in place at the side of the pitch.
The Lions began their week in Cape Town leading up to the first Test of the series with a decisive 17-8 win against Western Province. The 'Invincibles', as the team would become known, won 21 of their 22 matches and drew the other. The side, captained by Willie John McBride and coached by Syd Millar, clinched a superb 3-0 series victory over South Africa with the Springboks denying the tourists a clean sweep with a 13-13 draw in the fourth Test in Johannesburg.
Ireland, making their first official tour of New Zealand, were 18-3 winners against Southland in Invercargill. Skipper Tom Grace and Mike Gibson scored the tourists' two tries, Mick Quinn converting both and adding two penalty goals.
Jamie Salmon, previously capped by New Zealand, played in a Test for England against the All Blacks in Christchurch. Mike Harrison and Mike Teague managed tries for England, but Kieran Crowley's six penalties on his Test debut carried New Zealand to an 18-13 win. Salmon played a total of 12 times for England between 1985 and 1987 and was part of the squad that competed at the 1987 Rugby World Cup.
Jonathan Davies ran through the card of scoring actions - two tries, two conversions, two penalty goals and a dropped goal - leading Wales to a 45-18 win against Hawke's Bay in Napier.