Twelve years after an infamous defeat in Wellington, the Lions must once again take on an awesome All Blacks side with a win essential to keep the series alive.
Clive Woodward’s Tourists were battered in the “Cake Tin” by an all-conquering New Zealand side that put the series to bed with ease. They ran out 48-18 winners in the end on one of the darkest days in recent Lions memory.
The unquestionable star of the show that day was Dan Carter, then 23 and well and truly on his way to becoming one of the greatest to ever play the game. He scored two tries, converted three, kicked two penalties and completely controlled the game. The out-half’s tally of 33 points broke the all-time record for points by a Kiwi against the Lions.
Watch the video below and enjoy one of the world’s best at the peak of his powers.
With a relatively quiet showing from Beauden Barrett in the first Test last week, could the Hurricanes man down the Lions just as Carter did twelve years ago this week? If the player of the year can produce his best form, Warren Gatland’s charges will have little hope of keeping the series alive.