August 14 down the years
Stalemate secures series for Dawes' Lions
Wales centre John Dawes, March 20, 1971
John Dawes' Lions claimed the series in New Zealand on this day in 1971 © Getty Images

John Dawes' Lions drew the final Test match with the All Blacks 14-14 to become the only British & Irish tourists to win a Test series in New Zealand (2-1).

England flanker Peter Dixon scored a try for the Lions, with Barry John landing a conversion and two penalties. The tourists' scoring was completed with a drop-goal from fullback JPR Williams, while the All Blacks scored tries through fly-half Wayne Cottrell and openside Thomas Lister.

The game was Dawes' final Test match, although he returned to New Zealand as coach of the Lions in 1977.

There was a try for David Campese on his Test debut as Australia fell 23-16 against the All Blacks in Christchurch. Campese had stirred up controversy before the game by dismissing All Black wing Stu Wilson - saying 'Stu who?' when asked of the challenge ahead.

Campese later maintained that he'd meant no offence - purely that he didn't know of Wilson due to his rugby league background.

In a remarkable turnabout in form, the Springboks thrashed New Zealand 40-26 in Johannesburg to put their Tri-Nations hopes back on track after two earlier defeats in Christchurch and Perth. Marius Joubert was the hero for the Springboks, the centre scoring a hat-trick of tries to add to efforts by wingers Breyton Paulse and Jean de Villiers.

South Africa avoided a Tri Nations whitewash, scraping home 10-9 against Australia at Cape Town in their final Test of the season. A try from Robbie Fleck and five points from Jannie de Beer saw off the Wallabies, whose points were scored with three penalties from Matt Burke.

The first Lions tourists completed the Aussie Rules leg of their tour with a match in New South Wales against Maitland. The visitors were beaten by 9 goals and 19 behinds to 4 goals, 5 behinds.

New Zealand went one up in the Test series against South Africa, winning 13-7 at Wellington against a tour side that was led by Danie Craven, playing in the unaccustomed position of fly-half. Tour skipper, Phil Nel, was overlooked for the Test.

A huge attendance (51,000) watched Auckland beat the touring Springboks 15-14 at Eden Park. Keith Oxlee's last-minute conversion of Gert Brynard's second-try went astray and with it South Africa's hopes of a last-gasp win.


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