1988 Great Britain Lions tour
The 1988 Great Britain Lions tour was the Great Britain national rugby league team's 18th tour of Australasia and took place from May to July 1988. It started with a Test match against Papua New Guinea before the best-of-three series against Australia for the Ashes title, and finally a Test against New Zealand. Some of these matches counted toward the ongoing 1985–1988 World Cup tournament. An additional 13 matches were played against local club and representative sides from each host nation.
The tour took place after Britain's 1987–88 Rugby Football League season. A 16-man British press party - the largest ever - accompanied the team through Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.
Mal Reilly was the British team's coach. His assistant coach was Phil Larder. The tour manager was Les Bettinson. The touring side's captain was Ellery Hanley, who was signed by Sydney club the Balmain Tigers to play the remaining rounds of the 1988 NSWRFL season once his representative commitments were fulfilled. It was also announced during the tour that Kevin Ward would rejoin Manly-Warringah for the remainder of their season once the tour was completed.
Des Drummond was left out of the touring squad after defending himself from a spectator who rushed onto the pitch shouting racial abuse. Andy Currier had to be flown out during the Ashes to cover for the injured Garry Schofield.
|Name||Position||Club||Date of birth||Home Nation||Tests|
|Beardmore, KevinKevin Beardmore||Forward||Castleford||1960||England||4|
|Case, BrianBrian Case||Forward||Wigan||England||2|
|Crooks, LeeLee Crooks||Forward||Hull||18 September 1963||England||0|
|Dixon, PaulPaul Dixon||Forward||Halifax||28 October 1962||England||3|
|Edwards, ShaunShaun Edwards||Half||Wigan||17 October 1966||England||1|
|Eyres, RichardRichard Eyres||Forward||Widnes||7 December 1966||England||0|
|Fairbank, KarlKarl Fairbank||Forward||Bradford Northern||1 June 1963||England||0|
|Ford, PhilPhil Ford||Back||Bradford Northern||16 March 1961||Wales||5|
|Gibson, CarlCarl Gibson||Three-quarter back||Leeds||23 April 1963||England||0|
|Gill, HendersonHenderson Gill||Wing||Wigan||16 January 1961||England||4|
|Gregory, AndyAndy Gregory||Half||Wigan||10 August 1961||England||5|
|Gregory, MikeMike Gregory||Forward||Warrington||20 May 1964||England||5|
|Groves, PaulPaul Groves||Forward||St Helens||27 May 1965||England||0|
|Haggerty, RoyRoy Haggerty||Back||St Helens||England||0|
|Hampson, SteveSteve Hampson||Back||Wigan||14 August 1961||England||0|
|Hanley, ElleryEllery Hanley (c)||Utility||Wigan||27 March 1961||England||5|
|Hulme, DavidDavid Hulme||Half||Widnes||6 February 1964||England||5|
|Hulme, PaulPaul Hulme||Forward||Widnes||19 April 1966||England||3|
|Loughlin, PaulPaul Loughlin||Back||St Helens||28 July 1966||England||5|
|Lydon, JoeJoe Lydon||Back||Wigan||26 November 1963||England||0|
|Medley, PaulPaul Medley||Forward||Leeds||21 September 1966||England||1|
|Offiah, MartinMartin Offiah||Wing||Widnes||29 December 1966||England||4|
|Powell, RoyRoy Powell||Forward||Leeds||30 April 1965||England||4|
|Platt, AndyAndy Platt||Forward||St Helens||9 October 1963||England||2|
|Schofield, GarryGarry Schofield||Back||Leeds||1 July 1965||England||2|
|Stephenson, DavidDavid Stephenson||Back||Leeds||England||4|
|Waddell, HughHugh Waddell||Forward||Oldham||13 November 1958||England||2|
|Ward, KevinKevin Ward||Forward||Castleford||5 August 1957||England||5|
|Wilkinson, IanIan Wilkinson||Back||Leeds||3 December 1960||England||0|
|Wright, DarrenDarren Wright||Back||Widnes||17 January 1968||England||2|
Papua New Guinea
The Lions played only two games in Papua New Guinea, winning both of them.
Sunday, 22 May
|Papua New Guinea||22 – 42||Great Britain|
Dairi Kovae (2)
Henderson Gill (2)
Garry Schofield (2)
The result of this match counted towards the 1985–1988 World Cup tournament, the final of which was to be played later in the year. The first Test of the tour was played in 38 degree heat with fans clustered in trees and clinging to lights around the ground. 21-year-old Shaun Edwards, the youngest member of the touring party, damaged his knee after six minutes of the match and it was feared that he would miss the rest of the tour. By half time Great Britain were leading 28–6. Garry Schofield scored his 17th try in 18 Test matches for Great Britain, and captain Ellery Hanley made three try-saving tackles.
After the match Edwards was flown to Sydney to undergo surgery on his knee's cartilage due to the injury he sustained while playing in this match.
|Tuesday, 24 May||Highland Division||18 – 36||Great Britain||Lae Oval|
Martin Offiah (3)
Phil Ford (2)
Lee Crooks (5)
Referee: Graham Aunui
Man of the Match: Hugh Waddell
The Australian leg of the tour took place in the midst of the 1988 NSWRFL season as well as the 1988 State of Origin series. In 1988 Australia was also celebrating its national bicentenary. The tour's itinerary, which involved short periods between matches, making it tough for the visitors, was designed by the Australian Rugby League but agreed to by the British.
The Ashes series attracted just 67,554 to the three tests, with the dead rubber third game attracting just 15,944 to the Sydney Football Stadium. The second Ashes test against Australia at Lang Park in Brisbane drew the tours highest attendance of 27,130. The total Ashes series attendance was 7,926 less than had attended the 1984 series played in Australia and was 34,006 less than the record breaking series played in England during the 1986 Kangaroo Tour. It was also easily the lowest ever attended Ashes series played in Australia.
|Friday, 27 May||North Queensland||16 – 66||Great Britain||Barlow Park, Cairns|
Filosi (2), House
Martin Offiah (4), Mike Ford (3), Phil Ford (2), Paul Medley (2), Paul Dixon
David Stephenson (8)
Phil Ford (1)
Referee: Barry Gomersall
North Queensland: Namok, Gagai, Taylor, Turia, Curry, Worth, Filosi, Colwell, Bax, McAskill, House, Dalley, Greenwood. Res - Ernest, Conlan
Great Britain: Phil Ford, Paul Medley, Carl Gibson, David Stephenson, Martin Offiah, David Hulme, Mike Ford, Brian Case, Paul Groves, Roy Powell, Karl Fairbank, Paul Dixon, Andy Platt (c). Res - Roy Haggerty
|Tuesday, 31 May||Newcastle Knights||12 – 28||Great Britain||Newcastle International Sports Centre, Newcastle|
Brett Shore, Tony Kemp, Glenn Miller
Martin Offiah (2), Ellery Hanley (2), Kevin Ward
Paul Loughlin (4)
Referee: Greg McCallum
Newcastle: Glenn Frendo, Troy Clarke, Jeff Doyle, Tony Kemp, Glenn Miller, Robbie McCormack, Steve Fulmer, Brett Shore, Tony Townsend, David Thorne, Michael McKeirnan, Sam Stewart (c), Mark Glanville. Res - Steve Walters, Scott Carter. Coach - Allan McMahon
Great Britain: Paul Loughlin, Henderson Gill, Carl Gibson, Darren Wright, Martin Offiah, Ellery Hanley (c), Andy Gregory, Kevin Ward, Kevin Beardmore, Hugh Waddell, Mike Gregory, Paul Dixon, Andy Platt
|Sunday, 5 June||Northern Division||36 – 12||Great Britain||Scully Park, Tamworth|
Ewan McGrady (2), Chris Cumming, B. Plater, M. Manes
M. Spinks (8)
Henderson Gill, Garry Schofield
Paul Loughlin (2)
Referee: Barry Priest
Great Britain: Paul Loughlin, Phil Ford, Garry Schofield (c), David Stephenson, Henderson Gill, David Hulme, Mike Ford, Brian Case, Paul Groves, Lee Crooks, Roy Powell, Paul Medley, Roy Haggerty. Res - Karl Fairbank
The country side, captained by former NSW, South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs five-eighth Rocky Laurie, gave the tourists their first defeat. Also playing for Northern Division was future NSWRL Rothmans Medal winner, Moree Boomerangs Halfback Ewan McGrady who crossed for two tries and future Canterbury-Bankstown premiership winning centre Matthew Ryan. The game became known as "Black Sunday" for the Lions. According to media reports, after the game Mal Reilly locked the team in the dressing room and upbraided them for 20 minutes before the media were allowed in.
|Tuesday, 7 June||Manly-Warringah||30 – 0||Great Britain||Brookvale Oval, Sydney|
Ian Gately, Mark Pocock, Geoff Toovey, Charlie Haggett, Cliff Lyons
Tim Dwyer (5)
Referee: Francis Desplas
Man of the Match: Geoff Toovey
Manly-Warringah: Tim Dwyer, Stuart Davis, Joe Ropati, Darrell Williams, Greg Austin, Cliff Lyons, Geoff Toovey, Ian Gately, Charlie Haggett, Mark Brokenshire, Mark Pocock, Noel Cleal (c), Des Hasler. Res - Paul Shaw, Glenn Ryan. Coach - Bob Fulton
Great Britain: Phil Ford, Carl Gibson, Ian Wilkinson, Darren Wright, Martin Offiah, David Stephenson, David Hulme, Hugh Waddell, Paul Groves, Roy Powell, Karl Fairbank, Paul Medley, Andy Platt (c). Res - Roy Haggerty, Lee Crooks
Although facing the Lions mid-week side which included test players Andy Platt, Martin Offiah, Phil Ford, Carl Gibson, David Hulme and Roy Powell, Manly went into the game missing regular first grade players Paul Vautin, Michael O'Connor, Phil Daley (Australian test players rested before the first test four days later), Dale Shearer, David Ronson and Mal Cochrane. In the absence of Vautin, the defending Winfield Cup premiers were captained by 1986 Kangaroo Tourist and 10 test veteran Noel Cleal who had a point to prove after being a shock omission from the Australian and NSW sides (the Lions camp was reportedly dumbfounded at Cleal's non-selection). In front of a vocal Brookvale Oval crowd of 21,131, the third largest attendance of the tour, including tests, the makeshift Sea Eagles side put the tourists to the sword, running out five tries to nil winners. Manly's teenage halfback Geoff Toovey (in only his third game of top grade football) capped a man-of-the-match performance scoring one of his sides tries. The match saw the first time that former test rivals and team mates in Manly's 1972 and 1973 premierships Bob Fulton (Manly) and Mal Reilly (Great Britain) would coach against each other.
For the Lions, their captain on the night Andy Platt was far and away their best player with the rest showing little form heading into the first test just 4 days later. After Cliff Lyons crossed for Manly's 5th try in just 60th minute, the game descended into a scrappy contest as fatigue and high frustrations for the Lions resulted in Mark Brokenshire (Manly) and Roy Haggerty (GB) each getting 10 minutes in the sin-bin for foul play. For Manly, Toovey, Lyons, Cleal and Des Hasler (playing at lock) led the way for the 30–0 win.
The game was refereed by Frenchman Francis Desplas who would be the referee for all three tests of the Ashes series. Although not playing the game, Mal Reilly allowed Lions prop forward Kevin Ward who had played in Manly's 1987 Grand Final winning team, to take the toss of the coin in front of his 'home' fans despite Andy Platt captaining the side.
1st Ashes Test
The Ashes series was styled the 'Winfield Test series' due to sponsorship from Winfield cigarettes. The first game was the 100th rugby league test between the two sides. Andrew Ettingshausen, Peter Jackson, Tony Currie, Sam Backo and Phil Daley were selected to make their Test match debuts for Australia. The absence of several of Great Britain's Test stars meant that several members of their team were playing out of position.
Following heavy losses to Northern Division and Manly-Warringah in their two games immediately prior to the first test, one unnamed ARL official allegedly remarked that trying to promote a test series with the Great Britain side was like trying to flog a dead horse. Indeed, this was reflected when only 24,480 attended the first test at the Sydney Football Stadium, with the dead rubber third test at the venue only attracting 15,944 fans, the lowest ever test attendance between the two teams in Sydney.
Saturday, 11 June
|Australia||17 – 6||Great Britain|
Peter Jackson (2)
Michael O'Connor (2/5)
Paul Loughlin (1/5)
Following a high tackle on British hooker Kevin Beardmore by Australian front rower Phil Daley, Great Britain put the first points on the board with Paul Loughlin's penalty kick from 40 metres out. The first try also went to the visitors with Ellery Hanley beating several defenders to score in the corner. Great Britain looked the better team in the first half and were leading 6–0 at the break.
After six minutes of the second-half Sam Backo ran on to a Peter Sterling pass to score Australia's first try, although there was doubt around the ball's grounding. Peter Jackson scored two tries over 11 minutes to give Australia victory. In between these two tries Wally Lewis kicked a field goal.
John MacDonald of the The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the tourists were not only competitive, but a little unlucky, and that the 17–6 score did not reflect how close they came to winning. He also leveled heavy criticism at the refereeing performance of Francois Desplas, who could not speak English. As man-of-the-match, British forward Kevin Ward received $1,000.
Great Britain's second-row forward Andy Platt received an injury to his left arm that was expected to see him sidelined for the next two weeks.
|Wednesday, 15 June||Combined Brisbane||14 – 28||Great Britain||Lang Park, Brisbane|
Brett McCarthy, Kelly Egan, Gordon Barwick
Peter Coyne (1)
Martin Offiah (2), Garry Schofield, Karl Fairbank, Mike Ford
David Stephenson (4)
Great Britain: Phil Ford, Henderson Gill, Garry Schofield, Carl Gibson, Ellery Hanley (c), Mike Ford, Brian Case, Paul Groves, Lee Crooks, Roy Powell, Karl Fairbank, Paul Dixon. Res - Martin Offiah, Hugh Waddell
|Friday, 17 June||Central Queensland||8 – 64||Great Britain||Browne Park, Rockhampton|
D Weinert (2)
Karl Fairbank (3), Martin Offiah (3), Ellery Hanley (2), Carl Gibson (2), Roy Powell
Paul Loughlin (10)
Referee: L. Crane
Central Queensland: Crow, Miller, Peter White, Paul White, Hinricks, Iles, Upkett, Olsson, Emmert, Weinert, Leisha, Duff, Brazier.
Great Britain: Paul Loughlin, Carl Gibson, Ian Wilkinson, Darren Wright, Martin Offiah, Ellery Hanley (c), David Hulme, Kevin Ward, Kevin Beardmore, Hugh Waddell, Roy Powell, Karl Fairbank, Roy Haggerty. Res - Lee Crooks, Henderson Gill
British prop Lee Crooks injured his shoulder in this match putting him in doubt for the remainder of the Ashes series. Winning the scrums 11-2, Great Britain had a wealth of possession and exploited it ruthlessly. The Capras' only try came from Black Water Devils second-rower Marshall Leisha during the last ten minutes.
|Wednesday, 22 June||Toowoomba / S-E Queensland||12 – 28||Great Britain||Athletic Oval, Toowoomba|
Ellery Hanley (2), Mike Gregory (2), Phil Ford
Paul Loughlin (4)
Referee: Tim Bliss
Toowoomba / S-E Queensland: Weribone, Clevin, Blake, Pratt, Stower, Clancy, Smith, Dwyer, M. Cook, Sutoon, Buckle, Johnson, Sullivan. Res - Terry Cook, Neale
Great Britain: Paul Loughlin, Henderson Gill, David Stephenson, Phil Ford, Martin Offiah, Ellery Hanley (c), David Hulme, Kevin Ward, Kevin Beardmore, Paul Dixon, Karl Fairbank, Roy Powell, Mike Gregory.
|Saturday, 25 June||Wide Bay||0 – 14||Great Britain||Albert Park, Gympie|
Andy Currier, Martin Offiah, Mike Ford
Paul Loughlin (1)
Referee: Russell Leis
Wide Bay: Ovens, Templeman, Kirby, Lalli, Kinsela, Jones, Ward, Reddacliff, Gerrard, McGrath, Sempf, Schulte, March. Res - Graving, Ryan
Great Britain: Ian Wilkinson, Carl Gibson, Andy Currier, Darren Wright, Henderson Gill, Mike Ford, Paul Hulme, Brian Case, Paul Groves, Hugh Waddell, Roy Powell, Karl Fairbank, Roy Haggerty. Res - Paul Loughlin, Martin Offiah
2nd Ashes Test
Match commentary provided by Darryl Eastlake.
Tuesday, 28 June
|Australia||34 – 14||Great Britain|
Michael O'Connor (5)
Paul Loughlin (3)
On Lang Park's electronic scoreboard the message "Bullfrog - shame our favourite No 7 isn't here" was displayed in a reference to Queensland halfback Allan Langer being overlooked for selection by Kangaroos team manager Peter Moore in favour of Peter Sterling.
The tourists got first points with a penalty kick. After playing the ball three quarters of the way towards Great Britain's line Australians moved the ball through the hands out to left centre Michael O'Connor who broke through the defence and scored the first try. Australia's next try came in the twentieth minute when Wally Lewis chip kicked the ball ahead for himself, re-gathered it and passed it Peter Jackson who crossed untouched and scored behind the uprights. O'Connor successfully converted his try taking the score to 14–4 in favour of the hosts. After playing the ball around mid field the Australians kept the ball alive with a total of nine passes, the last of which was to Andrew Ettingshausen on the right wing who beat Martin Offiah to dive over in the corner. O'Connor's conversion attempt hit the upright so the half time score remained at 18–4.
After the break Great Britain were playing the ball within their own half of the field when Ellery Hanley got it at first receiver and ran himself, splitting the defence and racing into Australia's half where he passed to Ford who ran the remaining forty metres to score beneath the uprights. Sam Backo then scored a close range try, running from dummy-half and forcing his way over the line. Again playing the ball close to Great Britain's line Australia scored from dummy half once more when Wayne Pearce dived over. Playing the ball just inside Great Britain's half the Australians continued up-field, evading tacklers and passing to support players, the last of whom was Wally Lewis who ran the remaining metres to score untouched. Five minutes from full-time Andy Gregory was sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes—effectively for the remainder of the game—after another high tackle on Ettingshausen.
|Sunday, 3 July||Western Division||26 – 28||Great Britain||Wade Park, Orange|
Moy, Michael Peachy, Mark Smith, Wilfred Williams
Robert Clark (5)
Martin Offiah (2), Paul Groves, Ellery Hanley, Andy Currier
Andy Currier (4)
Referee: Phil Robinson
Western Division: Frail, Williams, Casey, Smith, Newman, Clark, Douglas, Gibson, Luke, McAnally, Fitzgerald, Peachy, Moy. Res - Stammers, Batty
With Great Britain leading 26–10 with 20 minutes to go, the local forwards rallied strongly to give the Lions a fright.
|Tuesday, 5 July||President's XIII||24 – 16||Great Britain||Seiffert Oval, Canberra|
Steve O'Brien, Glenn Lazarus, Greg Alexander, Mal Meninga, Graeme Bradley
Mal Meninga (2)
Phil Ford, Mike Gregory
Paul Loughlin (2)
Referee: Eddie Ward
President's XIII: Phil Blake, Steve O'Brien, Mal Meninga, Graeme Bradley, Adam O'Neill, Greg Florimo, Greg Alexander, Glenn Lazarus, Mario Fenech (c), David Gillespie, Gavin Miller, Mark Geyer, David Trewhella. Res - Steve Robinson, Ian Gately
Great Britain: Phil Ford, Carl Gibson, Paul Loughlin, Darren Wright, Andy Currier, David Hulme, Andy Gregory, Kevin Ward, Kevin Beardmore, Roy Powell, Mike Gregory (c), Richie Eyres, John Joyner. Res - Paul Hulme, Hugh Waddell
The President's XIII side led 14–2 after 22 minutes but the tourists brought it back to 18–16 in the increasingly muddy conditions.
3rd Ashes Test
This match also counted toward the result of the 1985–1988 World Cup tournament. Australia were considered favourites, having won the past fifteen consecutive test matches. Great Britain's chances were also lessened by the squad missing the likes of Shaun Edwards, Kevin Beardmore, Steve Hampson, Andy Platt, Garry Schofield, Joe Lydon, Lee Crooks and Andy Goodway for one reason or another, and some players taking to the field not fully fit. It was the debut of Paul Hulme and Hugh Waddell in the front row. The match was broadcast by the Nine network with commentary from Darryl Eastlake and Jack Gibson.
Saturday, 9 July
|Australia||12 – 26||Great Britain|
Henderson Gill (2)
|Garry Jack||1. FB||Phil Ford|
|Andrew Ettingshausen||2. WG||Henderson Gill|
|Michael O'Connor||3. CE||David Stephenson|
|Peter Jackson||4. CE||Paul Loughlin|
|Tony Currie||5. WG||Martin Offiah|
|Wally Lewis (c)||6. FE/SO||David Hulme|
|Peter Sterling||7. HB/SH||Andy Gregory|
|Martin Bella||8. PR||Kevin Ward|
|Greg Conescu||9. HK||Paul Hulme|
|Sam Backo||10. PR||Hugh Waddell|
|Wally Fullerton Smith||11. SR||Mike Gregory|
|Paul Vautin||12. SR||Roy Powell|
|Wayne Pearce||13. LF||Ellery Hanley (c)|
|Gary Belcher||14. Res.||Brian Case|
|Bob Lindner||15. Res.||Darren Wright|
|Don Furner||Coach||Mal Reilly|
Early in the match Great Britain were disallowed a try when Henderson Gill dived onto an Andy Gregory bomb which was not secured by the Australian fullback. The Kangaroos then had chances to score at the other end of the field, but the British defence held strong. The first try of the match would go to the visitors when, playing the ball inside Australia's twenty-two, they strung some passes together, getting the ball out to Martin Offiah who dove over the line on the right wing. The conversion attempt was missed so the score was 0–4 with over three quarters of the match still to be played. A few minutes later Great Britain were again on the attack in Australia's territory and keeping the ball alive, their scrum half back Andy Gregory darting about elusively before passing it to Ford who stepped and weaved his way amongst the defenders to dash through and score near the uprights. The conversion was successful, giving Great Britain a 0–10 lead. Shortly before half-time Australia suffered a major setback when their halfback Peter Sterling was forced off with a dislocated shoulder after being driven into the turf in a tackle by Roy Powell. No more points were scored in the first half, so this was the score at the break.
Australia scored first in the second half after winning a scrum against the feed within Great Britain's twenty-two. Working the ball up close to the uprights, their captain Wally Lewis got it at first receiver and ran it into the defence, wrestling his way through to the tryline where he reached out and put it down beneath the black dot. The try was successfully converted, so the score was 6–10 in favour of the Lions. Great Britain then extended their lead after working the ball up into an attacking position where Andy Gregory chipped it ahead. In the rush of chasers from both sides trying to reach the ball it was knocked ahead into the in-goal area where Henderson Gill dived on it. The kick was successful so the British were leading 6–16. Again the Britons' failure to win a scrum in their own territory afforded Australia another opportunity, with forward Sam Backo crashing over the line shortly after from close range. The successful kick brought the Kangaroos back to within an unconverted try at 12–16. The Lions struck again from deep within their own half where centre Paul Loughlin got the ball at first receiver, ran through the defensive line and crossed half-way before passing to Henderson Gill in support on his outside to dive over on the right wing. The conversion attempt was missed, so the British lead was 12–20. Then they scored another long range try while working the ball away from their own line, Andy Gregory making a dart from dummy half, catching the markers napping and getting into open space. He then found Mike Gregory in support who ran about seventy metres to dive over under the posts. The easy kick meant a 26–12 lead for Great Britain and this is where the scoreboard remained at full-time.
This was the end of a 15-match winning streak for the Australians, and Great Britain's first Test victory over the Kangaroos since their 18–14 win at Odsal Stadium during the 1978 Kangaroo tour, as well as their first win in Australia for 18 years. It also put Great Britain on top of the World Cup points table.
After the match there was a gala dinner at the Regent Hotel.
The Lions lost all three of their matches in New Zealand.
|Wednesday, 13 July||Wellington||24 – 18||Great Britain||Porirua Park, Wellington|
Karl Fairbank (2)
Paul Loughlin (2)
Referee: Des O'Sullivan
|Tuesday, 19 July||Auckland||30 - 14||Great Britain||Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland|
Kelly Shelford (2)
Peter Brown (3)
Phil Bancroft (2)
Henderson Gill (2)
Referee: Bill Shrimpton
Sunday, 17 July
|New Zealand||10 – 12||Great Britain|
Addington Showground (Christchurch)
Referee/s: Mick Stone
|New Zealand||Posit.||Great Britain|
|Darrell Williams||1. FB||Phil Ford|
|Shane Horo||2. WG||Henderson Gill|
|Dean Bell (c)||3. CE||David Stephenson|
|Kevin Iro||4. CE||Paul Loughlin|
|Gary Mercer||5. WG||Martin Offiah|
|Shane Cooper||6. SO||David Hulme|
|Clayton Friend||7. SH||Andy Gregory|
|Peter Brown||8. PR||Kevin Ward|
|Wayne Wallace||9. HK||Kevin Beardmore|
|Adrian Shelford||10. PR||Hugh Waddell|
|Mark Graham||11. SR||Mike Gregory|
|Sam Stewart||12. SR||Roy Powell|
|Mark Horo||13.LF||Ellery Hanley (c)|
|Gary Freeman||14. Res.||Paul Hulme|
|Anthony Gordon||Coach||Mal Reilly|
It was a rainy afternoon in Christchurch. Following the national anthems "God Save the Queen" and "God Defend New Zealand", and a haka by the Kiwis, Great Britain kicked off. In slippery conditions New Zealand knocked during the first set of six. This resulted in a scrum to the visitors deep inside the Kiwis' territory. From the scrum win the ball was moved out to the left where a pass was knocked down by a New Zealand defender but re-gathered by British centre Paul Laughlin who dived over the line. The referee awarded the try which Louglin failed to convert, so Great Britain got out to an early 4 nil lead. A few minutes later a penalty was awarded to the Lions but Loughlin's kick was again wide. Shortly after that New Zealand were awarded a penalty and Peter Brown kicked it successfully, bringing the margin back to two points at 2–4.
Great Britain captain Ellery Hanley sustained a cut under his eye during the match which required 12 stitches.
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