Lions set up series finale
Gavin Hastings scored a crucial late try for the Lions in Brisbane
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Gavin Hastings and Jerry Guscott scored late tries as the Lions beat Australia 19-12 in Brisbane to level their three-Test series. Finlay Calder's men aimed to use their physicality to their advantage, with a pack containing Wade Dooley, Dean Richards and Mike Teague, and the first scrum turned into an all-out brawl. The Wallabies went in at half-time with a slender 9-6 lead thanks to a try from fullback Greg Martin but the Lions rallied to make sure the series went down to the wire in Sydney a week later where the tourists claimed a narrow 19-18 victory.
Future Wales and British & Irish Lions place-kicker Neil Jenkins was born. In 91 Test caps Jenkins amassed 1049 career points and his career highlight came in 1997 when he kicked 41 points in the series to steer the Lions to glory on their tour of South Africa. He is currently the kicking coach for the Wales national team.
Ken Jones and Bleddyn Williams, the Welsh three-quarters, each scored a brace of tries to help the Lions to a 25-3 win against Taranaki at New Plymouth.
The Lions were so beset by injuries that Welsh back-rower John Faull had to play on the wing. He made a good fist of the emergency, however, scoring a try in the tourists' 21-11 win against a Combined XV at Timaru. Tony O'Reilly also scored a brace at Fraser Park as the tourists managed to score five tries.
Welsh sprinter Johnnie 'Bach' Williams grabbed a brace of tries for the Anglo-Welsh in their 12-3 victory over Manawatu/Horowhenua at Palmerston North.
Four of South Africa's all-time greats - Danie Craven (try); Gerry Brand (penalty and conversion), Bennie Osler (try) and Ferdie Bergh (two tries) shared the points as the Springboks overcame the Wallabies 17-3 at Newlands in the first Test of a marathon five-Test series.
France broke new ground playing on New Zealand soil for the first time. Their tour opened with a 29-11 win against a Combined XV at Nelson.