'Invincibles' open Test series with a win
McBride's 'Invincibles' were unbeaten in 1974
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Willie-John McBride's Lions opened their Test series against South Africa with a 12-3 win in Cape Town. Fly-half Phil Bennett landed three penalties while scrum-half Gareth Edwards kicked a drop goal in conditions that resembled a wet afternoon in west Wales.
Wales and England met on foreign soil in the quarter finals of the inaugural Rugby World Cup. Wales won an uninspiring Monday afternoon match 16-3 at Ballymore in Brisbane. The Welsh tries came from by Robert Jones, John Devereux and Gareth Roberts.
Willie-John McBride scored a try and Tom Kiernan kicked five penalties and a conversion for the Lions in their Test against South Africa in Pretoria. But it was not enough to prevent a 25-20 victory for the Springboks in the opening international of the series.
Phil Bennett played a captain's part landing four penalties in a 12-7 win against Otago that kept the Lions' unbeaten tour record intact.
Fred Allen's All Blacks in South Africa gave a convincing display whilst defeating South Western Districts 21-3 - five tries to nil - at the Olympics Ground in Oudtshoorn.
In New Zealand, John Carleton scored four tries for the Lions and Dusty Hare kicked ten goals in the 52-16 win against West Coast in Greymouth.
England, led by Paul Dodge, crashed out of their tour of New Zealand with a 42-15 defeat by the All Blacks in the final Test in Wellington.
Former All Black fullback Ben Blair signed for the Cardiff Blues. The ex-Crusader proved to be a major success for the region, with his strong running and superb goal-kicking helping them to the Anglo-Welsh Cup title and Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009 as well as the European Challenge Cup title the following year.