It started in Auckland with 18,000 turning up to see Australia defeat New Zealand 27-12. Then GB accounted for France 23-4 at the same venue with 10,000 this time to view proceedings. Already the top sides had identified themselves.
Across the Tasman Sea to Sydney for Australia hosting France with a poor 13,000 turning up to watch. Australia duly won 21-9. Meanwhile the Kiwis took on GB in Christchurch with an attendance of 9,000. GB won comfortably 30-12.
The final round pitted the top two in Brisbane. The best crowd of the tournament (27,000) witnessed the local side win 19-5, which was a dress rehearsal for the final in a weeks time. The wooden spoon match up at Auckland saw NZ defeat france 28-20 before 8,000 fans.
The final was played at Sydney and a very ordinary crowd of under 25,000 were treated to a close match. Australia sneaked home 13-13, GB ruing a late penalty miss. Australia had now won five of the eight WCs held, with GB taking the other three.
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The first in the series (1954) can be seen by clicking here.
|1977 HOSTS AUST / NZL WINNER : AUSTRALIA|