We’ve all seen the footage of Dan Carter destroying the Lions during their 2005 tour of New Zealand a hundred times, but ahead of the first Test this weekend Throwback Thursday looks at the series opener from their 1993 trip to the Shaky Isles – where another All Blacks No.10 proved the match-winner.
A 38,000-strong crowd turned out at Christchurch’s Lancaster Park for the clash. All Blacks centre Frank Bunce scored the only try of the match, which descended into a penalty goal shootout between British Lions fullback and captain Gavin Hastings and New Zealand’s veteran sharpshooter Grant Fox.
Hastings’ sixth penalty gave the tourists a one-point lead, before the mercurial Fox drilled a 42-metre attempt in the dying minutes to give the hosts a nerve-shredding 20-18 win.
The Lions rallied with a convincing 20-7 win in the second Test in Wellington, but the All Blacks ran out 30-13 victors in a one-sided Eden Park decider.