Monday 19 February 2018 / 01:12 PM


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.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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