Can the Lions win two tests against the All Blacks in 15 days?

Since the Lions last left these shores, with their tails well and truly between their legs the All Blacks have lost three tests on home soil.

Given that it is such a short list I will put the details here for your perusal.

Tests lost at home since 2005

  • 12th July 2008, Carisbrook, South Africa 30 – 28 New Zealand
  • 13th June 2009, Carisbrook, France 27 – 22 New Zealand
  • 12th September 2009, Hamilton, South Africa 32 – 29 New Zealand

If you look closely at that list you will notice a couple of things.

First, the three losses occurred over precisely a 14 month period, meaning the All Blacks have only been vulnerable at home for 14 months out of 12 years. Second, two of the losses happened to be against arguably the greatest Springbok side in the history of the game.

Win two tests in three weeks. The last time the All Blacks lost in New Zealand. A 32-29 to the Springboks at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday 12 September 2009. Photo: Stephen Barker/PHOTOSPORT
The last time the All Blacks lost in New Zealand. A 32-29 to the Springboks at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand, Saturday 12 September 2009. Photo: Stephen Barker/PHOTOSPORT

For a slightly different view, you need to go back a little further, say to the Lions series of 1993. Since that Lions side left these shores, the All Blacks have lost a total of four tests in Auckland and Wellington. Yes, you read that correctly, four tests in 24 years!

Win two tests in three weeks. The last time the All Blacks lost at Eden Park. French players celebrate after winning the match 23-20.  New Zealand All Blacks v France, 2nd test match Eden Park, Saturday 3 July 1994. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/photosport.co.nz
The last time the All Blacks lost at Eden Park. French players celebrate after winning the match 23-20. New Zealand All Blacks v France, 2nd test match Eden Park, Saturday 3 July 1994. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/photosport.co.nz

Tests lost in Auckland and Wellington, since 1993 Lions tour

  • 3rd July 1994, Auckland, France 23 – 20 New Zealand
  • 25th July 1998, Wellington, South Africa 13 – 3 New Zealand
  • 5th August 2000, Wellington, Australia 24 – 23 New Zealand
  • 14th June 2003, Wellington, England 15 – 13 New Zealand
Win two tests in three weeks. Gary Teichmann of South Africa celebrates winnng the Tri Nations match after the Springboks defeated the All Blacks 13-3 at Athletic Park Wellington, New Zealand. 25 July 1998. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport.co.nz
Gary Teichmann of South Africa celebrates winnng the Tri Nations match after the Springboks defeated the All Blacks 13-3 at Athletic Park Wellington, New Zealand. 25 July 1998. Photo: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport.co.nz

Win two tests in 15 days

That is what these Lions need to do if they are to join the immortals of the game. Since the Lions won a series here in 1971, they have played 14 tests in New Zealand, winning just two of these. They have to win two in 15 days, not 46 years if they are to win the series.

These numbers put into context just how difficult the task at hand is going to be. Let’s be honest, this is going to be the hardest rugby tour in the history of the game. Fair play to the Lions if they can come here and pull it off.

It is going to take one mighty effort.

Maro Itoje, the incredible Saracens forward was not even born the last time the All Blacks lost at Eden Park! Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan
Maro Itoje, the incredible Saracens forward was not even born the last time the All Blacks lost at Eden Park!
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Let us know what you think, can this Lions side, coached by the Lion King himself, Warren Gatland come down here and disrupt the well-oiled back-to-back World Cup winners and take the series?

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Author: Steven Prescott

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2 COMMENTS

  1. The stats don’t lie, but if we don’t live in hope then we may as well not even bother! Im thinking 2-1 to the kiwis, their home record is just too good!

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