England score historic victory in Sydney
England scrum-half Ben Youngs scored a try on his first Test start on this day in 2010
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England claimed an historic 21-20 victory over Australia in their clash at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. In arguably their finest display since they lifted the Rugby World Cup at the same ground, tries from scrum-half Ben Youngs and winger Chris Ashton inspired England to their first win in the southern hemisphere since that famous night in 2003 with fly-half Toby Flood and his replacement Jonny Wilkinson keeping the Wallabies at bay. Two tries from returning centre Matt Giteau, who contributed all of his side's points, ensured the contest went down to the wire but he was wide with a crucial late penalty that could have won his side the game. "For a moment, as the strains of 'Sweet Chariot' swirled around the Olympic stadium, it was as if England had clambered aboard a time-travelling Tardis back to 2003," wrote Robert Kitson in the Guardian. "Wilkinson kicking vital goals, the Wallabies floored on their own paddock and Martin Johnson restored to the winners' enclosure. No wonder the home side wore the haunted look of men who have just experienced a horrible sense of déjà vu."
The Lions beat Canterbury 14-3 in one of the most brutal tour matches ever, which was later branded 'The Game of Shame'. The Lions lost both Test props for the remainder of the tour of New Zealand as Sandy Carmichael suffered a multiple cheekbone fracture and Ray McLoughlin broke his thumb throwing a punch at an opponent. Flanker Fergus Slattery lost two teeth and suffered concussion in this now infamous battle and John Pullin was punched from behind in a lineout. Even legendary scrum-half Gareth Edwards didn't escape the treatment from Canterbury and took a hit as well. The local press blamed Alex Wyllie and Alister Hopkinson for causing the violence but despite the injuries the Lions went on to win their first tour of New Zealand.
England's Simon Shaw was sent off in the tenth minute of the Test against New Zealand in Auckland as England lost 36-12 and the series was lost 2-0. Shaw got his marching orders after he kneed New Zealand lock Keith Robinson in the back while he was lying in an offside position at the time. The All Blacks dominated the 14-men and scored five tries to crush Lawrence Dallaglio's men. Joe Rokocoko bagged a hat-trick of tries, Carlos Spencer ran in one as did Dan Carter who also converted four tries and scored a penalty.
Martin Johnson's Lions met their first setback, beaten 28-25 by Australia A - coached by Eddie Jones - in Gosford. Manny Edmonds punished the Lions indiscipline, landing seven penalty goals and converting Scott Staniforth's try. In the unofficial fourth Test, the Lions outscored their opponents on tries, thanks to efforts from Mark Taylor, Matt Perry and Jason Robinson. But Mike Catt picked up a calf injury which prematurely ended his tour as the Lions were dominated in the lineout by Tom Bowman.
Scotland secured a first-ever series victory over Argentina with a 13-9 victory in their clash at Mar del Plata. The Scots withstood some intense second-half pressure to notch back-to-back victories over the Pumas after Jim Hamilton's early try had set them on course for the historic win. The boot of fly-half Dan Parks saw the tourists home as it did in their first Test clash the previous week in Tucuman where the Scots scored a 24-16 upset win.
The Springboks lost a Test in Australia for the first time when they were beaten 18-11 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Beres Ellwood kicked four penalties whilst Stewart Boyce and Jim Lenehan scored tries for Australia.
Phil Nel's Springboks lose for the first time on their marathon tour of Australia and New Zealand. The 17-6 reverse against New South Wales in Sydney is the first-ever defeat for a South African side on Australian soil.
On their first visit to South Africa, the Argentina Pumas score three tries to two on their way to beating the Junior Springboks 11-6 in Johannesburg.