Today in 1971 - British Lions 21 vs 9 Otago @ Dunedin

1 week ago By The Offical London Welsh

Lions Captain Leads the Way

Lions Beat Otago, But Were Given A Lesson In Rucking
The Evening Post

The Lions left here having broken Otago's sequence of wins over British Isles teams, but with their first major program of the tour: How to combat New Zealand Rucking?

The Lions lead 11-6 at half time and by the end had scored three tries to Otago's one. By the end they had also had had, according to Dawes, their toughest match of the tour and had been let down lightly on the scoreboard.

For British Isles, tries by John Williams, John Taylor and John Dawes; and three conversions, a goal from a penalty, and a drop goal by Barry John.

Lions Rucking Commanding Deep Respect
From David Frost

"That sets the stage for a great Test, " said Peter Johnstone, the former All-Balck captain, after Lions had beaten Otago by three try's, a dropped goal and a penalty goal to a try, a dropped goal and a penalty goal in the sunshine but on a soft pitch here yesterday. And when the Lions return to play the first Test on the same ground in two weeks' time, they will now be viewed with deep respect by all New Zealanders.

Gibson's Injury Gives Duckham His Chance
By John Reason in Dunedin

Mike Gibson has an injured thigh and, like Ray McLoughlin, has had to withdraw from the British Lions' match against Otage in Dunedin today. Gibson's injury was not throught to be serious, but it reacted badly after practice yesterday.

The Lions have moved David Duckham in from the wing to take Gibson's place in the centre, and they have brought in John Bevan on the left wing.

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