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1997 South Africa
- Updated: 6th June 2012
Coach: Ian McGeechan
1997 was the first professional Lions tour undertaken and the current World Cup holders South Africa were expected to thrash the Lions. Fortunately, captain Martin Johnson and coach Ian McGeechan had other ideas.
The 1st test was a tight affair with Neil Jenkins boot keeping the Lions in the game with the Springboks running in 2 tries. That was until Matt Dawson turned the tide of the game with an audacious dummy to score in the corner, with another match winning try coming shortly after.
The second test proved to be even tighter with the Lions defence under immense pressure throughout the game, until Jeremy Guscott drop kicked the winning goal in the last few minutes to give the Lions the series.
The third test was a bit of an anticlimax following the series win for the Lions and proved to be a step too far with the battered Lions going down to a 16-35 defeat at the hands of the Springboks, but the Series was already beyond thier grasp and the Lions returned home victorious.