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1968 South Africa

Captain: Tom Kiernan
Coach: Ronnie Dawson

Having suffered many series defeats against the Springboks over the years, the Lions were fully expectant of what was in store for them in this tour.

Although the tourists suffered a 3-0 loss once again to the Boks, they left with pride a little bit restored after the hammerings they had taken in orevious tours.

Injuries once again played a major part in the shaping of the test team, but the first three tests were extremely close affairs with the first test loss of 25-20, second test drawn at 6-6 and third test loss of 11-6.

With the series effectively over the Lions lost the fourth test by 19-6, but the good work by the Lions was not to be undone.

Irish Full Back and tour captain Tom Kiernan kept the Lions hopes alive with a record points haul of 35 in the 4 test matches and after the damaged reputations following the 1966 tour some pride was restored.

Match Date
Opposition
Location
Result
Score
18/05/1968
Western Transvaal
Potchefst’m
W
20-12
22/05/1968
Western Province
Cape Town
W
10-6
25/05/1968
South West Districts
Mossell Bay
W
24-6
29/05/1968
Eastern Province
Port Elizabeth
W
23-14
01/06/1968
Natal
Durban
W
17-5
03/06/1968
Rhodesia
Salisbury
W
32-6
08/06/1968
South Africa
Pretoria
L
20-25
12/06/1968
North Western Cape
Upington
W
25-5
15/06/1968
South West Africa
Windhoek
W
23-0
18/06/1968
Transvaal
Jo’burg
L
6-14
22/06/1968
South Africa
Port Elizabeth
D
6-6
29/06/1968
Eastern Transvaal
Springs
W
37-9
03/07/1968
Northern Transvaal
Pretoria
W
22-19
06/07/1968
Griqualand West
Kimberley
W
11-3
08/07/1968
Boland
Wellington
W
14-0
13/07/1968
South Africa
Cape Town
L
6-11
17/07/1968
Border
East London
W
26-6
20/07/1968
Orange Free State
B’mfontein
W
9-3
22/07/1968
North Eastern Districts
Cradock
W
40-12
27/07/1968
South Africa
Jo’burg
L
6-19

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