June 5 down the years
Late penalty helps Scotland stun the Aussies
Greig Laidlaw kicks his late penalty to sink Australia © Getty Images
Greig Laidlaw kicked a late penalty which gave Scotland a 9-6 win away to Australia. In rain-soaked condition Laidlaw put Scotland, coming into the match on the back of seven defeats, 6-0 ahead before the half-hour mark, but Mike Harris replied with a penalty of his own before half-time. Soon after the break Harris kicked Australia level, but he missed a long distance penalty that would have won the match for the hosts. In the final minute Scotland won a penalty from a scrum and Laidlaw held his nerve to secure the victory. "When we had the ball we made the most of it and eventually it came our way," captain Ross Ford said. "It was phenomenal. Australia are a great team and to win away from home is fantastic."
John Dawes's Lions gave one of their best displays on tour in New Zealand, overwhelming Wellington 47-9 in a nine-try romp in which Barry John scored 19 points and John Bevan crossed for four tries. The day ended in frustration when they had to disembark their flight because of fog and return to their hotel. It suited them as they had been scheduled to meet Timaru the next day but that had to be cancelled giving them an extra break.
Romania beat France, the Five Nations champions, 11-5 in a Test played in Bucharest. The Romanians had strong claims to become the "Sixth Nation" in the early sixties.
Lions fly-half Alan Old had surgery for a torn knee ligament that effectively ended his tour in South Africa.
In the only Test of their tour, Ireland gave a good account of themselves before falling 11-3 to the All Blacks in Wellington. Ian Kirkpatrick and Bruce Robertson scored New Zealand's tries while Barry McGann landed a penalty goal for the visitors.
New Zealand and Australia announce that they would make a joint bid to share the hosting of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, with the agreement that Australia should stage the Final.
Wales marched on under Graham Henry. In the opening Test of their short tour to Argentina, the visitors overcame a 23-0 deficit to win 36-26 and record the fifth win of their new coach's reign. Chris Wyatt, Brett Sinkinson and Dafydd James all scored tries for the tourists, with Neil Jenkins kicking 18 points.