British Lions 1968 tour to South Africa

South Africa was the venue for the 1968 tour led by the great Irish back Tom Kiernan and the party was made up of great names from the game such as; Gareth Edwards, Barry John, Mike Gibson and Gerald Davies. Though injuries would rob the team of their skills when it mattered most the test match’s. This led to the Lions going down 0-3 with 1 draw.

Although the injuries drastically reduced their creative options behind the scrum, the squad still produced the Lions’ best-ever provincial record in South Africa . However, when it really mattered, in the Tests, they were always second best, stretched to breaking point by a Springbok pack containing such greats as Jan Ellis, Tommy Bedford and Piet Greyling in the back row and Frik du Preez at lock. South Africa won the first test 25-20 and although the Lions drew the second Test 6-6 and lost the first and third by a narrow five points, their hosts always had the upper hand, scoring eight tries to one over the four matches, winning the third 11-6 and the fourth 19-6.
Only Kiernans boot kept the Lions within touching distance as the Irish full-back thumped over a record 35 points in the Tests to provide all but three of his teams total.

Tom Kiernan
Tom Kiernan