Blockbuster Tom Richards Cup series decider at ANZ Stadium in Sydney
on Saturday night, the outspoken winger saying the tourists are
vulnerable because they have underestimated the Wallabies and because of
their lack of tight games in the build-up
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Some 24 years
on, it remains a huge point of contention Down Under and arguably the
most controversial try in Australian rugby history.What we are talking
about, of course, is Ieuan Evans’ series-clinching score for the Lions
in the third Test against the Wallabies back in 1989.
Over here, it’s remembered primarily for the blunder by Aussie motor-mouth David Campese that let Evans in.In Oz, it’s the grounding of the ball which they prefer to focus on.
have replayed the footage time and time again, convincing themselves it
was in fact full-back Greg Martin who got downward pressure first
following Campo’s wild pass on his own line.
It had been all
square going into the final Test, with the Lions having bounced back
from a heavy defeat in the series opener to win the bruising battle of
Ballymore.The decider was a real close-fought affair, with the Wallabies leading ahead of Evans’ pivotal late intervention.
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That's what Test match rugby is about - a couple of crucial line-outs, a
couple of crucial turnovers and even when they made mistakes and the
ref said 'advantage over' we haven't made the most if it. We were pretty
comfortable at half-time but they never give up and it went their way.
We weren't smart enough and didn't look after the ball well enough."
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His score stemmed from a
wayward drop-goal attempt by fly-half Rob Andrew, with Campo fielding
the ball and attempting to run from behind his own line before throwing
out that fateful pass to Martin which went to ground.
Evans was a
relative rookie when he went on that tour of Australia, but emerged as
one of the young stars of the trip, capping it with the deciding try in
the 19-18 victory in Sydney.
When I had the telegram to say I’d
been selected, I immediately thought about my heroes, my dad’s heroes –
the icons of the 1970s, Phil Bennett, the Invincibles
form in the unbeaten warm-up games earned him a starting spot for the
first Test, with coach Ian McGeechan handing him the famous red jersey
with No14 stitched on the back.
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