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Lions tour 1962

1962 - Junior Springbok Brian Harrison tries to prevent British Lions scrum-half Dickie Jeeps kicking the ball during a game in Pretoria

Junior Springbok Brian Harrison tries to halt Dickie Jeeps clearing the ball in Pretoria

1962 - British Lions hooker Bryn Meredith competes with Northern Transvaal lock Stompie van der Merwe

British Lions hooker Bryn Meredith competes with Northern Transvaal lock Stompie van der Merwe

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1962 - British Lions Dewi Bebb left tackles South Africas Francois Roux during the second Test in Durban

Lions ace Dewi Bebb (l) tackles South Africa's Francois Roux during the second Test in Durban

Arthur Smith captained the team that was managed by Brian Vaughan.

The Lions had looked at the success of the Barbarians team the previous year against the Springboks and opted to go for a massive pack.

The two packs matched each other in the first Test and the game ended in a 3-3 draw after a Ken Jones try for the Lions was equalled by South Africa's John Gainsford.

The Lions pack won the battle in the second Test but they still went down after failing to register a single point. A late Keith Oxlee penalty won it for the Springboks - although a Keith Rowlands' try at the death was not awarded by an unsighted referee Ken Carlson.

The Lions needed a win in the third Test to have any chance of a series victory but a mistake shattered their hopes. Richard Sharp attempted to start an attack but his wayward pass was snaffled by Oxlee, who scored a simple try which he converted before adding a penalty. Sharp tried to make amends with a drop goal for the tourists but it was not enough and the Lions lost 8-3.

South Africa scored 13 points in five minutes as they hit a purple patch in the fourth Test which blew the Lions away.

Tries from Ron Cowan, Rowlands and Mike Campbell-Lamerton and a conversion and penalty from John Willcox were not enough as the Springboks ran in six ties, five conversions and two penalties to win the final Test 34-14 and take the series.

Away from the Tests, the Lions had won 16 matches, drawing three and losing two.Lions 1962

May 26 v Rhodesia W 38-9
May 31 v Giqualand West D 8-8
June 2 v Western Transvaal W 11-6
June 6 v Southern Universities W 14-11
June 9 v Boland W 25-8
June 12 v South West Africa W 14-6
June 16 v Northern Transvaal L 6-14
June 23 v South Africa D 3-3
June 27 v Natal W 13-3
June 30 v Eastern Province W 21-6
July 4 v Orange Free State D 14-14
July 7 v Junior Springboks W 16-11
July 11 v Combined Services W 20-6
July 14 v Western Province W 21-13
July 17 v South West Districts W 11-3
July 21 v South Africa L 0-3
July 25 v Northern Universities D 6-6
July 28 v Transvaal W 24-3
August 4 v South Africa L 3-8
August 8 v North East Districts W 34-8
August 11 v Border W 5-0
August 15 v Central Universities W 14-6
August 18 v Eastern Transvaal L 16-19
August 25 v South Africa L 14-34
August 28 v East Africa W 50-0