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Reply McLook
10:44 PM on July 18, 2013 
Kimbo says...
Is this the game that finished 0-0, the only test the "boring" and "unpopular" 1960-61 Springboks falied to win?

I think South African commentators described it as the dirtiest game of all-time

Yes it was the test that ended 0 all. The French won us at home in 1958 and was determined not to lose this one-off test. The 61 Springboks won all their matches in the UK with boring rugby and it was a lack of adventure that cost them this match as well. The French played dirty and there was some incidents where Hugo Pelser 's eye ( he had only one eye) was clearly targeted. Pelser was of course probably the only player ever for who the fearless Colin Meads backed down for. He was one of the SA iron men and they tageted him to get him out of the match.

The Springboks admitted afterwards that the French side was probably the better side but they had opportunities to clinch the match. Engelbrecht and Antelme on the wing never saw the ball.

It was felt afterwards that the Springbok weakness was at halfback and in the midfield. They did however have players like Gainsford, Oxlee, Ian Kirkpatrick and Mannetjies Roux in the midfield. It was lack of desire (or maybe fear) to play with the backline that was the problem and not lack of talent.
Reply Kimbo
4:07 AM on July 18, 2013 
Is this the game that finished 0-0, the only test the "boring" and "unpopular" 1960-61 Springboks falied to win?

I think South African commentators descrobed it as the dirtiest game of all-time