Guscott forgets kicking Lions to glory
Jerry Guscott slots the kick that sunk South Africa © Getty Images
Jerry Guscott's cool dropped goal brought an 18-15 Test victory over South Africa in Durban to wrap up the series for the British & Irish Lions. The Springboks should have had the game wrapped up but they missed a succession of kicks and found themselves level at 15-15 with the Lions relying heavily on Neil Jenkins' boot. At the end of the game Matt Dawson threw the ball out of a ruck to Guscott and the Bath centre slotted the kick perfectly to go down as a Lions legend. But he admitted that he didn't remember much about it. "Every time I see it, I can't remember myself being there and slotting it over. It was really weird at the time, the strangest feeling. I don't like thinking about it really. After the final whistle, even though I was jumping up and down and giving it the 2-0 victory sign, back in the dressing room all I could think about was 'what if I had missed?'"
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The Springboks tour of Australia continued to be dogged by protests. In Adelaide crowds camped outside the team hotel and banged drums, blew whistles and exploded fireworks to ensure the squad got no sleep.
The British & Irish Lions were pipped 22-20 by Canterbury in Christchurch. Current Wallaby coach Robbie Deans was the hosts' match-winner, scoring a try, a conversion and four penalty goals whilst Dale Atkins ran in another.
Gerald Bosch equalled the world record for most penalty goals kicked in a major Test, landing six in South Africa's 33-18 win against France in Pretoria. Bosch also converted tries from captain Morne du Plessis and Tossie Fourie. France's consolation try came from prop Robert Paparemborde.
In Port Elizabeth, Naas Botha's boot contributed eight of South Africa's winning points in a 12-10 defeat of the British Lions that wrapped up a series triumph for them. Gerrie Germishuys scored South Africa's try and that was equalled by Scotland's Bruce Hay but Botha's boot proved to be the difference.
Greg Davis led his Wallabies to a 27-13 win in their tour opener against East Transvaal in Springs where Australian full-back Arthur McGill kicked three conversions and three penalty goals.