Story: Rugby union

Lions versus the All Blacks, 1959

The first test between the British Lions and the All Blacks in Dunedin in 1959 became one of the most famous matches between the two teams. The Lions, with a fast backline, scored four tries, only one of which was converted and, since at that time a try only earned three points, not five, they finished with a score of 17 (they also scored one penalty). But the Lions gave away 21 penalties, and All Black fullback Don Clarke kicked six penalty goals to bring the All Blacks a win on the score-sheet by 18 to 17. The general opinion was, however, that they had ‘lost’ in all but the score. If modern scoring was applied, the Lions would have won 25–18.

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Reference: The Lion and the Kiwi. National Film Unit, 1959

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Ron Palenski, 'Rugby union - International rugby – northern hemisphere', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 July 2024)

Story by Ron Palenski, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Sep 2016