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On This Day in 1983: All Blacks tame British and Irish Lions

The Lions had no answer to the All Blacks in Auckland 37 years ago.

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Ollie Campbell kicked 15 points against New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions 1983 tour which ended 4-0 to the All Blacks (PA)

Ollie Campbell kicked 15 points against New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions 1983 tour which ended 4-0 to the All Blacks (PA)

Ollie Campbell kicked 15 points against New Zealand during the British and Irish Lions 1983 tour which ended 4-0 to the All Blacks (PA)

The British and Irish Lions concluded the 1983 tour of New Zealand with a record-breaking defeat.

After close encounters in each of the first three Tests, the All Blacks proved too strong in the fourth match and secured a 38-6 victory at Auckland.

It ensured New Zealand sealed a 4-0 whitewash, with the same series scoreline achieved 17 years earlier in 1966.

Following 16-12, 9-0 and 15-8 defeats, the Lions only had pride to play for at Eden Park and at half-time trailed by 13 points.

New Zealand stepped up another gear in the second period though, with Stu Wilson going over for a hat-trick to make him the All Blacks record try scorer at the time.

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The Lions had a more successful tour of New Zealand in 2017 (David Davies/PA)

The Lions had a more successful tour of New Zealand in 2017 (David Davies/PA)

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The Lions had a more successful tour of New Zealand in 2017 (David Davies/PA)

Penalties from Ollie Campbell and Gywn Evans were scant consolation in the six-try rout.

The 32-point losing margin remains the Lions heaviest defeat.

While the Lions have not won a series in New Zealand since 1971, their last visit three years ago ended in a 1-1 draw after the third and final Test in Auckland finished 15-15.

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