The McLook rugby collection

A personal collection that tells the story of Springbok rugby

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Posted by McLook on December 16, 2013 at 11:12 PM 1282 Views

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Reply Kimbo
9:10 PM on December 26, 2013 
Half of these tries were scored in the game against Scotland at Murrayfield in 1951!

The score was 44-0 (a massive score-line in those days), and one of the spectators on being asked by a passer-by what the score was as he left the ground replied "Forty four points tae nil - and we were lucky tae get nil!"

The Hansie Bewis try in the second test of 1949 is everything the books describe it as - although the All Black loose forward cover was appalling. New Zealand picked all its forwards that year based on size, not mobility and paid the price!

Also, interesting to see in the lead up to the Tjol Lategan try in that same test that the Springbok forward (I think it was Chris Koch or Salty du Rand) kicking the ball back to their own player after winning the ruck. In those days you weren't allowed to play the ball initially with your hands from a tackle, hence the need for forwards to dribble.
Reply McLook
11:14 PM on December 16, 2013 
This include the tries by Freddie Turner and Louis Babrow against the All Blacks in 1937 as well as the legendary try by Hansie Brewis against the 1949 All Blacks.