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banner Friday, 27 April, 2001, 12:54 GMT 13:54 UK
The pass that won the series
Ieuan Evans and David Campese
Evans enjoyed his Lions battles with Campese
Australia 18-19 Lions
(Third Test 1989)

After a savagely-fought victory in the second Test in Brisbane, the Lions headed to Sydney with the series all-square. But they knew they would have to turn up the heat a notch to win again.

In the end, it was one uncharacteristic mistake from Wallabies legend David Campese that swung the decisive Test in the visitors' favour.

The Welsh winger Ieuan Evans was the man tasked with keeping 'Campo' in check throughout the series and he remembers vividly his moment of madness, now known as "that pass".

"It was about 20 minutes from the end of the match and Rob Andrew had sliced a drop goal attempt, Campo caught the ball behind his line and looked to counter-attack," Evans recalled.

"I ran in to put pressure on Campo and he decided to pass the ball to Greig Martin, but Greig obviously wasn't on the same wavelength.


It was a great finale - everything you could want in a rugby international
  Ieuan Evans

"I just barged my way through and fell on the ball," Evans recalled

Evans was awarded the try, Campo was left red-faced and the Lions won the series.

Campese was castigated by the Australian media for weeks after but Evans is quick to defend his old foe.

"You have to remember that he went on to do some incredible things for Australia and almost single-handedly lead them to World Cup glory two years later."

Close finish

Campese's aberration came just after half-time with the scores locked at 9-9.

The Wallabies fly-half Michael Lynagh put the home side ahead after the break just before Evans' try.

Gavin Hastings then kicked two more penalties to take his haul to five and open up a seven-point lead.

Two more Lynagh penalties had the Lions narrowly hanging on as the Wallabies threw everything at them in the dying minutes.

But in the end the Lions defence did hold fast and the series was won.

"It was a great finale - everything you could want in a rugby international, hard fought and physical... it was just great to come away with the win," Evans added.

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