2001 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia
|2001 British and Irish Lions Tour to Australia|
|Date||8 June – 14 July|
|Tour captain(s)||Martin Johnson|
|Test series winners||Australia (2–1)|
|Top test point scorer(s)||Jonny Wilkinson (36)|
The team was captained by Martin Johnson, who became the first and so far only man to lead the Lions on two tours. The coach was New Zealander Graham Henry. After winning the first of their matches against Australia, the Lions lost the remaining two matches of the test series. This was the first time that Australia defeated the Lions in a series. The tour was noted for tension between the test squad and the midweek squad as well as controversial newspaper columns written by scrum-halves Matt Dawson and Austin Healey accusing the coaching staff of the poor scheduling and training regimes and lack of team spirit.
Wings: Ben Cohen (Northampton and England); Dafydd James (Llanelli and Wales); Dan Luger (Saracens and England); Jason Robinson (Sale and England); Tyrone Howe (Ulster and Ireland) – injury replacement for Dan Luger
Centres: Mike Catt (Bath and England); Will Greenwood (Harlequins and England); Rob Henderson (Wasps and Ireland); Brian O'Driscoll (Leinster and Ireland); Mark Taylor (Swansea and Wales); Scott Gibbs (Swansea and Wales) – injury replacement for Mike Catt
Hookers: Phil Greening (Wasps and England); Robin McBryde (Llanelli and Wales); Keith Wood (Harlequins and Ireland); Gordon Bulloch (Glasgow and Scotland) – injury replacement for Phil Greening; Dorian West (Leicester and England) – called up as back-up after a number of injuries to the squad
Locks: Jeremy Davidson (Castres and Ireland); Danny Grewcock (Saracens and England); Martin Johnson (Leicester and England; capt); Scott Murray (Saracens and Scotland); Malcolm O'Kelly (St Mary's College and Ireland)
Back row: Neil Back (Leicester and England); Colin Charvis (Swansea and Wales); Lawrence Dallaglio (Wasps and England); Richard Hill (Saracens and England); Scott Quinnell (Llanelli and Wales); Simon Taylor (Edinburgh and Scotland); Martyn Williams (Cardiff and Wales); Martin Corry (Leicester and England) – injury replacement for Simon Taylor; David Wallace (Munster and Ireland) – injury replacement for Lawrence Dallaglio
|Date||Home team||Score||Away team||Score||Ground||Crowd|
|8 June||Western Australia||10||British and Irish Lions||116||WACA, Perth|
|12 June||Queensland presidents XV||6||British and Irish Lions||83||Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville|
|16 June||Queensland Reds||8||British and Irish Lions||42||Ballymore, Brisbane|
|19 June||Australia 'A'||28||British and Irish Lions||25||North Power Stadium, Gosford|
|23 June||New South Wales Waratahs||24||British and Irish Lions||41||Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney|
|26 June||New South Wales Country||3||British and Irish Lions||46||International Stadium, Coffs Harbour|
|30 June||Australia||13||British and Irish Lions||29||The Gabba, Brisbane|
|3 July||ACT Brumbies||28||British and Irish Lions||30||Bruce Stadium, Canberra|
|7 July||Australia||35||British and Irish Lions||14||Colonial Stadium|
|14 July||Australia||29||British and Irish Lions||23||Stadium Australia|
Jason Robinson scored the first try of the match, putting the Lions up 5 to nil. Andrew Walker successfully kicked a penalty goal for Australia's first points. The Lions scored through Dafydd James, which was converted by Wilkinson. The score at half time was 12–3.
Brian O'Driscoll scored for the Lions in the second half. Wilkinson converted the try, making it 19 points. Wilkinson would also kick a penalty goal as well. Scott Quinnell scored for the Lions, Wilkinson converted. Walker then scored a try for Australia. The Lions won the first Test.
30 June 2001
|Australia||13–29||British and Irish Lions|
Con: Wilkinson (3)
The second test was played at Colonial Stadium in Melbourne. Wilkinson was successful with two penalty goals, giving the Lions a six to nil lead. Burke then kicked a penalty goal for Australia. Neil Back scored the first try of the match, giving the Lions an 11 to three lead over Australia. Burke kicked another penalty goal to make the score 11 points to six to the Lions.
Joe Roff scored a try for Australia in the second half, making the score 11-all. Burke kicked a penalty goal to take Australia to the lead. The score became 21–11 when Roff scored his second try. Wilkinson then kicked a penalty goal to make it 21–14. Burke then scored a try for Australia, making it 29–14. Burke kicked another two penalty goals. Australia won the second Test.
7 July 2001
|Australia||35–14||British and Irish Lions|
|Tries: Roff (2)
Con: Burke (1)
Pen: Burke (6)
Pen: Wilkinson (3)
With the Lions winning the opening test, and Australia coming back to win the second, the third game at Stadium Australia in Sydney was the decider and was refereed by New Zealander Paddy O'Brien. The scoring opened up in the third minute, with a penalty to Australia – Burke was successful with the penalty goal, taking Australia to a three to nil lead. Wilkinson, who was under an injury cloud leading up to the match, levelled the scores in the 5th minute with a successful penalty goal. Burke then landed another penalty goal for Australia. Four minutes later Burke kicked another penalty goal, giving Australia a nine to three lead. Robinson scored the first try of the match, which was converted by Wilkinson, giving the Lions a 10 to nine lead. Daniel Herbert scored Australia's first try which was converted by Burke, giving Australia a 16 to 10 lead. Wilkinson was successful with a penalty goal that made the scores 16 points to 13.
The Lions took the lead in the second half, with Wilkinson crossing the line to score a try and then converting it, giving the Lions a 20 to 16 lead. Herbert scored his second try in the 49th minute, Burke converted, giving Australia the lead, 23 points to 20. Wilkinson kicked a penalty goal, levelling scores at 23-all. Burke was successful with a subsequent penalty goal five minutes after. Burke kicked another in the 76th minute, to make the score 29 to 23.
14 July 2001
|Australia||29–23||British and Irish Lions|
|Tries: Herbert (2)
Con: Burke (2)
Pen: Burke (5)
|match report||Tries: Robinson, Wilkinson
Con: Wilkinson (2)
Pen: Wilkinson (3)
Stadium Australia, Sydney
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