Lions end on a high
Shane Williams scores his first in Johannesburg
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The British & Irish Lions defeated South Africa 28-9 in the third Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, registering a fine consolation win to close out a tumultuous series at 2-1 to the Springboks. Wales wing Shane Williams bagged a brace of first-half tries to finish his troubled tour on a high, with Ugo Monye snaffling a long-range interception for the tourists' third. Phil Vickery enjoyed another, more successful, battle with the 'Beast' Tendai Mtawrira in his final Lions Test, while his fellow veteran campaigner Martyn Williams won his first Test start and fittingly produced his best display on tour.
Clive Woodward ended his first season in charge of England with an 18-0 defeat by South Africa at Newlands.
The match brought an end to the "tour of hell" that included two crushing defeats at the hands of New Zealand and one apiece against Australia and South Africa. The four games saw England concede 198 points and score just 32. Wing Stefan Terblanche and scrum-half Joost van der Westhuizen each scored a try in Cape Town whilst Percy Montgomery kicked two penalties for the Springboks.
Matt Dawson captained the weakened side as they went down to their smallest defeat on the tour after being thumped by Australia and New Zealand twice already and racking up no points in two of the games on tour.
Andy Irvine , winning his 50th cap, led Scotland to a 12-7 defeat of Australia in Brisbane, which was their first win in the southern hemisphere. Irvine kicked a penalty and he also converted Keith Robertson's try to add to a John Rutherford dropped-goal. Mike Hawker was the home side's only scorer, dropping a goal and scoring a try, but it was not enough for the Wallabies.
Future Scotland and British & Irish Lions lock Doddie Weir was born in Edinburgh. He won 61 Test caps for his country and was selected for the Lions tour of South Africa in 1997 but did not feature in the Tests after he received an horrific knee injury as a result of foul play against Mpumalanga. Weir made his Test debut against Argentina and played in three World Cups for Scotland including a quarter-final match at Pretoria in 1995 against New Zealand when he scored two tries.
Herb Barker's kicking brought the Wallabies a 15-12 win against Eastern Province in Springs. He landed four penalties to three by Jakkals Keevy for the Province, the sides scoring a try apiece.
Otago showed the Lions how to ruck, beating the tourists by the handsome margin of 26-8 in the fifth match of the visit. John Faull scored two tries for the Lions and Captain Ken Scotland converted one of them but it was not enough as Otago ran in four tries.
Durham wing Fred Chapman claimed a hat-trick of tries as the Anglo-Welsh visitors ran up the biggest win (26-0) of the New Zealand leg of their tour.
Arthur Smith's Lions were held 14-14 by Orange Free State in Bloemfontein. Haydn Morgan and John Brown scored a try each and England full-back John Willcox's kicking brought the tourists a conversion and two penalty goals.