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    We continue to celebrate Sky Sports 25th birthday this week, by looking back at some of the most memorable moments from the last quarter of a century. Rangers Nomar Mazara Jersey . One such highlight came in 1997, when the British and Irish Lions defied their underdogs billing to stun world champions South Africa.The Lions were coached by Ian McGeechan and Jim Telfer and managed by Fran Cotton. England lock Martin Johnson was appointed captain. McGeechan was concerned by the squads professionalism and therefore took along six former rugby league players in order to fast-track the discipline. The victorious 1997 Lions team The series is viewed as one of the greatest tactical successes in Lions history, due to a number of unusual selections.Paul Wallace and Tom Smith emerged as surprise problems for the giant South African front row, while Jeremy Davidson partnered Johnson at lock. John Bentley had only recently returned from rugby league but was given the right-wing berth - nine years after his last England cap - and Neil Jenkins was given the full-back jersey to ensure his kicking prowess was available.The Lions played eight warm-up matches around South Africa, suffering only one defeat - a 35-30 loss to Northern Transvaal in Pretoria. Take a look back at the best moments from our 25 years of rugby union coverage on Sky Sports As the first Test approached, the Lions were seen as massive outsiders. However, the tourists turned in a performance that shook the world, Jenkins justifying his inclusion by kicking five penalties before an Alan Tait try and Matt Dawsons outrageous dummy gave them a shock opening victory by 25-16.An easy 52-30 win in Bloemfontein against Free State gave the Lions confidence going into the second Test, as they hoped to emulate their victory a week before.The South Africans were licking their wounds and came out all guns blazing. Tries from Joost van der Westhuizen, Percy Montgomery and Andre Joubert set South Africa up but their place-kicking was atrocious and they failed to convert any of the tries. Jeremy Guscott kicks the winning drop goal in the second Test at Kings Park in Durban They were also failing to land any penalty points, unlike the Lions who once again benefitted from the perfect boot of Jenkins who kicked five penalties for the second successive Test.With the scores level at 15-15 late in the match, Jeremy Guscott landed a match-winning drop-goal to guarantee the series victory.Another comfortable 67-39 midweek victory over Northern Free State gave the squad confidence that they could go on and complete a series whitewash. However, as the final Test drew closer, many players picked up injuries. Five changes were made to the team but those who started were still recovering from their heroic efforts of the previous two Tests.South Africa scored four tries to the Lions one and finally exorcised their kicking demons to run out 35-16 winners and prevent the embarrassment of losing all three Tests.But the Lions were still able to open the champagne to toast one of the greatest successes in their history.1997 Lions tourMay 24 v Eastern Province XV W 39-11May 28 v Border W 18-14May 31 v Western Province W 38-21June 4 v Mpumalanga W 64-14June 7 v Northern Transvaal L 30-35June 11 v Gauteng Lions W 20-14June 14 v Natal W 42-12June 17 v Emerging Springboks W 51-22June 21 v South Africa W 25-16June 24 v Free State W 52-30June 28 v South Africa W 18-15July 1 v Northern Free State W 67-39July 5 v South Africa L 16-35 Also See: McCaw backs Schmidt for All Blacks Wade faces Olympic headache Weekend menu on Sky Sports Follow @SkySportsRugby Rangers Ronald Guzman Jersey .Brooks, a three-year veteran, was slow to get up after suffering the injury during a 5-yard run by Arian Foster.Brooks limped off the field midway through the quarter and then slowly walked to the locker room a few minutes later. 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