Joe Roff's extraordinary intercept voted the biggest turning point in the 2001 Lions Tour

by staff

The renowned intercept in the Second Test by Wallaby great, Joe Roff has been voted as the biggest turning point of the 2001 British & Irish Lions Series during the their last Tour to Australia. A tour that is still remembered for the edge of the seat, exhilarating Rugby it produced.

This week’s poll asked fans to choose which they thought was the biggest turning point of the 2001 Test Series. The last Tour to Australia saw many game changing historic Rugby moments and this week’s poll asked fans to select from three of the most memorable, including Joe Roff’s intercept in the Second Test, the ‘Golding’ of the crowd in the Second Test and Justin Harrison’s lineout steal in the third Test.

Roff’s intercept was the obvious choice from the start, securing 49% of fan’s votes after one day of the weekly poll appearing live on, before remaining on 48% for the rest of the week.

Justin Harrison’s lineout steal came in just behind, nominated by fans as the second biggest turning point with 42% of the votes, followed by the ‘Golding’ of the crowd in the second Test to counteract the Red Army’s takeover in the first Test with 9% of the votes.

Such thrilling turning points defined and augmented the action between the Lions and the Men in Gold during the last 2001 Tour to Australia.

After 12 years in the Making, the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia is expected to provide even more history making Rugby moments and heroes that are typically born out of a British & Irish Lions Tour. It’s not too late to secure you’re seat at one of the Test or tour matches. Tickets to all six Tour matches and the Three Test Series go on sale Monday 18 February, get all the information here to ensure you don’t miss out.

Stay tuned in the next couple of months as #MyRugbyTV brings you a new series called “Commentate the Greats” with some of the current Qantas Wallabies calling the action from these great moments during the last 2001 Lions Tour to Australia.

The poll continues this year with a chance for all fans to have their say on a different poll each week. With the 6 Nations tournament kicking off in just over a weeks’ time the next poll asks fans who they think will be the team to emerge victorious in the battle of Europe, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy or France. Have your say now.

With the four home unions that make up the British & Irish Lions in the mix, this year’s 6 Nations will prove even more interesting as potential tryouts for Lions squad hopefuls wanting to make the journey to Australian shores in June for the first time in 12 years.