August 17 down the years
Gregan tackle saves Bledisloe Cup
Australia's George Gregan in action during the 1994 Bledisloe Cup  at the Sydney Football Stadium, Australia, August 17, 1994
George Gregan's last ditch tackle denied Jeff Wilson and the All Blacks on this day in 1994 © Getty Images

Australia's George Gregan produced a try-saving tackle to deny New Zealand's Jeff Wilson in a thrilling Bledisloe Cup clash in Sydney. Ace poacher Wilson had beaten three defenders and was headed for the line but the scrum-half hurled himself at the winger and dislodged the ball to save his side and ensure a 20-16 victory. Tries from Jason Little and Phil Kearns and four kicks from fly-half David Knox had put the Wallabies in control with Shane Howarth scoring all of New Zealand's points on the day.

England wing David Strettle inspired Harlequins to the Middlesex Sevens title at Twickenham. Quins defeated the British Army in the final, with Strettle scoring six tries throughout the day as Leeds Carnegie, Sale Sharks and holders Newcastle were defeated in the earlier rounds.

The Lions were held to a 13-all draw by the Border Bulldogs in King William's Town in the 20th match of their South African tour. The sides scored three tries and two conversions a piece, captain Jack Jones, Maurice Neale and CG Timms crossing the line for the tourists.

Trevor Allan led Australia to a successful opening of their New Zealand tour with a sound 24-6 win against King Country at Taumarunui. The young captain went on to captain the side to a Bledisloe Cup on a winning tour.

Tries by Jimmy Unwin, Jeff Reynolds, Bill Travers and Jock Waters, and a Russell Taylor penalty secured victory for Sammy Walker's British and Irish Lions over Natal in Pietermaritzburg. The 15-11 win was one of the highlights of the tour as they outscored their South African by four tries to one.

The boot of Don Clarke proved crucial to the All Blacks in their tour match against South African side North Eastern Districts at Aliwal North. The big fullback landed four crucial penalties in his side's 15-6 win at Ackermann Park where the Districts score the only try of the afternoon.


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