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Thursday, July 31, 2008

The British Lions' famous 1989 series win in Australia

The British Lions' famous 1989 series win in Australia

The 1989 British Lions tour of Australia will be remembered as one of the most confrontational battles to be seen in Lions rugby history. More importantly though, it was a tour that produced a historic Series victory for the Down Under.

Led by coach Ian McGeechan , the Lions tour of Australia encompassed a 12 match schedule, with the visitors coming out highly successful, winning all eight non test victories.

They lost the first test in Sydney, but in the second in Brisbane they didnt back down to the Wallabies, and a few famous fights broke out that had the hostile media labelling the visitors thugs.

The platform was set for a classic decider as the two teams went into the third and final test squared at one-one, with plenty of animosity adding to the occasion.

Much of the match was decided by the boot, with respective goal kickers Michael Lynagh and Gavin Hastings having a contest of their own until a costly error that will never be forgotten.

Star Australia winger David Campese had been starved of possession for the majority of the match, and it was that frustration that led to one of Campos most notorious blunders, and a moment that possibly cost them the test series.

After an attempted drop goal by Rob Andrew went wide, Campese picked up the ball and instead of dotting it down or booting it down field, decided that there was an opportunity to counter attack.

He was confronted by Lions wing Ieuan Evans, and thinking that he would have drawn in the defender, he threw a pass out to Greg Martin, who was completely unaware of his intentions.
The pass was a shocker, and it allowed Evans to easily dive on the ball and score the soft try that resulted in the Lions winning the test as well as the series.

Campese was severely castigated in Australia for his failed attempt at the spectacular, and the moment would be one that haunted him for years to come.

It was my fault because I tried to step inside and pass at once, thinking that Evans would come with me, Campese wrote in his autobiography On a Wing and a Prayer.

In fact, when I passed, he was in between me and Martin, and when I threw such a hopeless pass he had a simple job in touching it down. I still think the idea was perfectly sound, it was just that the execution was wrong.

So the try enabled the Lions to snatch a historic 19-18 victory, and take the Test series 2-1 by the narrowest of margins.


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Anonymous July 31, 2008 10:30 pm

Great to see this footage, more plz from classic matches.p.s. First Post... Ba HAHA, first time i've done that.-Dune

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Chazza July 31, 2008 11:13 pm

thank you dune for that hilarious contribution, just joking mategood match shame about the score but Australia are moving up now huh?? i think that new zealanders and south africans will agree boys wont you campese lost the game for us then shame though because he was such a great player

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Chris August 01, 2008 12:23 am

right at the end it looks like the Lions #7 tries to tackle the little ball boy in blue... lol - what was that about (or was he just after the match ball?)

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goodNumber10 August 01, 2008 3:17 am

He was after the match ball.amazing series and my first memory of the british lions.Watched all three tests at 6 in the morning.Amazing how mnay people that tour was the making of, Rob Andrew came back a changed man and areal test fly half.

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Anonymous August 01, 2008 6:48 am

the lions have got to win something

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Anonymous August 01, 2008 6:54 am

It doesn't look like Evans got to the ball first.

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David August 01, 2008 9:21 am

Evans was a fantastic player.

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Anonymous August 01, 2008 9:25 am

What's this "British Lions" rubbish Isn't it The British and Irish Lions... Would have expected more from rugbydump.com

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Greiffel August 01, 2008 9:29 am

They were called the British Lions back then. Would have expected more from Anonymous. Actually, retract that.

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Anonymous August 01, 2008 9:42 am

They were called that back then out of pure ignorance, I find mildly offence when people refer to that team as the "British Lions"

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Greiffel August 01, 2008 9:48 am

No political discussions are going to happen no matter how hard you try mate. They were called that back then, fact, hence that's why they're called that in the article.No offense intended I'm sure. :)Why not use a nickname man?

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Anonymous August 01, 2008 9:50 am

with regard to the 'ignorance' claim, the commentator always refers to them as the british isles which ireland are a part of

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Shaft August 01, 2008 10:06 am

Haha nice work Campo!He made up for it at 1991 WC though I reckon.

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Flow August 01, 2008 11:55 am

Waho in the end he kicked the child to get the balls o_O

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Stevus August 01, 2008 12:36 pm

McGeechan looks like a Beatle

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Jonathan August 02, 2008 4:12 pm

Funnily enough Rob Andrew wasn't even picked for this tour he came out as an injury replacement for Paul Dean, the Irish fly half who injured his knee. Craig Chalmers played fly half in the first test which was a disaster. The Lions were also missing Guscoyy, and Scott Hastings and Micke Teague for the first test as they were all injured. When those three came back, repalcing the ineffective Brendan Mullin, Mike Hall and Dereck White it all clicked.

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Anonymous August 04, 2008 2:47 pm

Did you see Teague putting the shoulder into the ballboy at the end of the game to get the match ball as a momento? Not Teaguey's finest hour

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Anonymous August 07, 2008 11:57 am

HAHAHAHA at the Lion Flanker who dives on the ball at the end to stop the ball boy getting it and bowls him over!!

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Anonymous May 16, 2009 9:30 am

The British Isles encompass the republic of Ireland... therefore it's not 'Ignorant' for them to have been called the 'British' Lions.... so get over it

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It is ignorant May 18, 2009 2:16 pm

Well obviously it is ignorant. The term 'British' refers to Britain, not the British Isles. And Ireland is not part of Britain.

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