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A low-scoring affair

John GriffithsJuly 7, 2014
Australia and France fought out a dire match in Melbourne © Getty Images
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When was the last time (before Australia 6-0 France) tier-one nations played such a low-scoring Test? Will Collins, England

You have to go back more than 37 years to find a lower aggregate for a Test between the leading nations.

In February 1977, an improving England fifteen who had demolished Scotland 26-6 three weeks earlier at Twickenham, beat Ireland 4-0 in Dublin. The pack laid the foundation for a hard-fought victory. The score was 0-0 at half-time, the deciding score coming midway through the second spell.

Martin Cooper, Mike Slemen and Alastair Hignell combined from a ruck before Hignell placed a neat diagonal chip to his right towards the Irish corner flag. Peter Squires, the English wing, got to the ball first and placed it neatly for lock Nigel Horton to boot on. Cooper was the first to arrive and dot the ball down for the only score of the match, but the difficult conversion attempt from the touchline narrowly failed leaving England winners by the delicate margin of 4-0.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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