Lions tour 1968

British and Irish Lions restored some pride despite losing the Test series against South Africa.

Last Updated: 20/04/13 4:08pm

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Another injury-ravaged British and Irish Lions team were easily brushed aside by South Africa, but installed the fighting spirit that had gone missing against New Zealand two years before.

The squad might have failed in the Tests but they managed to record the best-ever provincial record in South Africa as they lost only one of their 16 matches.

They couldn't keep this up in the Tests, though, and went down 25-20 in the first encounter, despite a 17-point haul from Tom Kiernan who scored five penalties and one conversion.

However, the Springboks ran in three tries, two conversions and four penalties to take the first Test.

A better performance from the Lions came in the second Test as they held South Africa to a 6-6 draw with Kiernan scoring all the points again with his perfect kicking.

Another five-point victory was secured by South Africa in the third Test as they won 11-6, with Kiernan again the Lions only scorer.

The fourth Test ended in a 19-6 defeat for the Lions who scored six points via Kiernan's boot for the second successive game.

However, over the course of the four Tests, the tourists only managed to score one try compared to the Springboks' eight.

Kiernan was undoubtedly the man of the series for the visitors as he scored 35 points over the four Tests.


May 18 v Western Transvaal W 20-12
May 22 v Western Province W 10-6
May 25 v South West Districts W 24-6
May 29 v Eastern Province W 23-14
June 1 v Natal W 17-5
June 3 v Rhodesia W 32-6
June 8 v South Africa L 20-25
June 12 v North West Cape W 25-5
June 15 v South West Africa W 23-0
June 18 v Transvaal L 6-14
June 22 v South Africa D 6-6
June 29 v Eastern Transvaal W 37-9
July 3 v Northern Transvaal W 22-19
July 6 v Griqualand West W 11-3
July 8 v Boland W 14-0
July 13 v South Africa L 6-11
July 17 v Border W 26-6
July 20 v Orange Free State W 9-3
July 22 v North East Cape W 40-12
July 27 v South Africa L 6-19

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