2009 | South Africa

The 10 match tour turned into an outstanding success both on and off the field as the Lions rekindled their magic and pushed John Smit's Springboks all the way in one of the greatest Test series of the professional era.

The Lions won six and drew one of their provincial matches, but went down 2-1 in a pulsating Test campaign. It was a tour on which the old values of the Lions were re-born with Ian McGeechan back at the coaching helm for the fourth time and Gerald Davies alongside him as team manager.

The first Test in Durban turned into a huge frustration for the Lions as they fell foul of the referee in the opening scrimmage exchanges and found themselves behind after a good start to the first-half by the home side. But two tries from England flanker Tom Croft brought them back into the game, along with some vital changes to the front row during the game.

The Boks hung on to win 26-21, but found themselves under the cosh in Pretoria in the second Test. Schalk Burger was sent to the sin-bin for eye gouging in the opening minute and the Lions leapt into a 10-0 lead and were 16-8 to the good at the interval. The game was one of the most physical ever seen in South Africa and by the end the Lions had lost Adam Jones, Jamie Robert, Gethin Jenkins and Brian O'Driscoll with tour ending injuries.

The boot of Stephen Jones extended the Lions lead to 19-8, but a home revival saw them surge back and take the lead 25-22 with a Jacques Fourie try and Morne Steyn touchline conversion. The Lions dug deeper than ever before into their reserves to allow Jones to level the scores with two minutes to play and take his match tally to 20 to set a record for a Lion in South Africa.

It looked as though the Lions would get a shot at levelling the series in Johannesburg in the third Test until Ronan O'Gara was deemed to have jumped into Fourie du Preez as he chased his own kick ahead. There were 54 metres between Morne Steyn and the Lions posts. It was a last shot for glory on his home pitch for the Northern Transvaal outside half. He hit it straight and true and the series was won by the world champions with a 28-25 victory.

The patched-up Lions battled back to win the final Test in Johannesburg 28-9, equalling their biggest ever victory in South Africa, to end the tour on a high and leave the tens of thousands of Lions fans ready to converge on Australia in 2013.
30/05/2009 15:00
Royal XV
Royal XV 25-37 British & Irish Lions
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A Royal XV
Royal XV
Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace
03/06/2009 19:10
Golden Lions
Golden Lions 10-74 British & Irish Lions
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A Golden Lions
Golden Lions
Coca-Cola Park
06/06/2009 15:00
Free State Cheetahs
Free State Cheetahs 24-26 British & Irish Lions
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A Free State Cheetahs
Free State Cheetahs
Vodacom Park
10/06/2009 19:10
Sharks
Sharks 3-39 British & Irish Lions
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A Sharks
Sharks
The ABSA Stadium
13/06/2009 15:00
Western Province
Western Province 23-26 British & Irish Lions
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A Western Province
Western Province
Newlands
16/06/2009 15:00
Southern Kings
Southern Kings 8-20 British & Irish Lions
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A Southern Kings
Southern Kings
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
20/06/2009 15:00
South Africa
South Africa 26-21 British & Irish Lions
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A South Africa
South Africa
The ABSA Stadium
23/06/2009 19:10
Emerging Springboks
Emerging Springboks 13-13 British & Irish Lions
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A Emerging Springboks
Emerging Springboks
Newlands
27/06/2009 15:00
South Africa
South Africa 28-25 British & Irish Lions
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A South Africa
South Africa
Loftus Versfeld
04/07/2009 15:00
South Africa
South Africa 9-28 British & Irish Lions
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A South Africa
South Africa
Coca-Cola Park
SurnameFirst namePlayedPointsLast appearance
BlairMike2 +1016/06/2009
BoweTommy102506/07/2013
ByrneLee41020/06/2009
CroftTom7 +42529/06/2013
D'ArcyGordon7 +31023/06/2009
EarlsKeith51023/06/2009
EllisHarry3 +2004/07/2009
FerrisStephen1 +11006/06/2009
FitzgeraldLuke5527/06/2009
FluteyRiki4 +2004/07/2009
FordRoss3 +3004/07/2009
HalfpennyLeigh6 +111406/07/2013
HayesJohn6 +1004/07/2009
HeaslipJamie10 +21029/06/2013
HinesNathan4 +1023/06/2009
HookJames2 +43523/06/2009
JenkinsGethin9 +2527/06/2009
JonesAdam8 +4006/07/2013
JonesAlun Wyn8 +51006/07/2013
JonesStephen8 +28704/07/2009
KearneyRob6 +2525/06/2013
MearsLee3 +2523/06/2009
MonyeUgo5 +12504/07/2009
MurrayEuan2 +2016/06/2009
O'CallaghanDonncha11 +1023/06/2009
O'ConnellPaul14 +1522/06/2013
O'DriscollBrian184529/06/2013
O'GaraRonan7 +912427/06/2009
PayneTim1023/06/2009
PhillipsMike9 +22006/07/2013
PowellAndy4 +1023/06/2009
ReesMatthew4 +4004/07/2009
RobertsJamie91506/07/2013
ShawSimon15 +41004/07/2009
SheridanAndrew7 +4004/07/2009
VickeryPhil10 +3004/07/2009
WallaceDavid6 +3504/07/2009
WilliamsMartyn14 +31004/07/2009
WilliamsShane11 +34018/06/2013
WorsleyJoe6004/07/2009
Overall Stats
Played10Biggest Win74 - 10 (British & Irish Lions v Golden Lions 2009)
Total Points Scored309Most Points In A Match74 (British & Irish Lions v Golden Lions 2009)
Total Tries Scored34Most Tries In A Match10 (British & Irish Lions v Golden Lions 2009)
Total Conversions Scored29Most Conversions In A Match9 (British & Irish Lions v Golden Lions 2009)
Total Penalty Goals Scored26Most Penalty Goals In A Match5 (British & Irish Lions v South Africa 2009)
Total Drop Goals Scored1Most Drop Goals In A Match1 (British & Irish Lions v South Africa 2009)
Most Appearances9 (Dan Cole)Highest Attendance58,318
Top Points Scorer114 (Leigh Halfpenny)Total Home Attendance347,929
Top Try Scorer4 (Alex Cuthbert)
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