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1980 B&I Lions - 3rd test Add Video

Highlights - shows the Bruce Hay and the Germishuys/Stofberg tries as well as the Naas Botha conversion from the touch line with a wet ball in the rain.

Posted by McLook on December 28, 2013 at 1:54 PM 1572 Views

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Reply Kimbo
3:41 PM on December 28, 2013 
Ah! This brings back memories.

I remember watching this game live in the dead of night. It was part two of a rugby double header that weekend. Earlier that day the All Blacks had equalised the Bledisloe Cup series in Australia courtesy of a great length-of-the-field try to Hika Reid, started by a break by the great Bruce Robertson. Unbelievably Robertson had been initially dropped for the tour, and was only there after being called in to cover injuries. I digress...

I remember clear as day the Springbok try. I was a forward and even in school boy rugby we were taught, "don't take your eye off the ball, don't ever turn your back on the ball carrier especially if a penalty or free kick is given against you, and ALWAYS be alert to a quick thriw0in at the lineout.

I remember as clear as day Stofberg not only having to run to get the ball in touch, but he actually had to jump over a rope, gather the pill, turn around, then biff it to Germishuys. All the time the Lions were meandering over.

Worst of all the Lions winger who shepherded the ball into touch (and should have, in the shouted words of Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer in the last few minutes of the 1991 RWC final seated right next to the Queen, "KICK IT TO THE SHIT HOUSE!!) turned his back and wanders away rather than standing guard against the quick throw.

Utterly criminal, especially as the Lions 'deserved' to win this test match on the run of play.

And of course Botha kicked the conversion from the sideline with a wet ball.

The Lions winger, whom you would dismiss as a brain-dead fool with no long-term future in the game? Clive Woodward!

You are right McLook about the standard of the Lions scrummaging. These short clips confirm their technical superiority over their larger Springbok opponents. Not quite as pronounced an advantage as in 1974, but the Lions still had a better scrum in 1980, even with Fran Cotton having to step down with heart problems (leaving Peter Wheeler and Graham Price in the front row, who had been so devastating with the 1977 Lions in New Zealand).

All the more reason why the Springbok tactics in 1981 in New Zealand, thinking they could steam roller the All Blacks up front, while they neglected Gerber, Germishuys, Mordt and Pienaar until it was too late were so foolish.
Reply McLook
1:59 PM on December 28, 2013 
Interesting how the SA scrum get pushed back in the scrum that leads-up to the Bruce Hay try.

In the fourth test SA was outplayed in the forwards. They (the Lions) were actually better upfront in all four test matches; it was the SA backline and Rob Louw that did the damage in the first two test matches.
Reply McLook
1:57 PM on December 28, 2013 
Erg gesukkel met die makker. Eintlik opgelaai na herhaaldelike probeerslae.

Got it on, eventually, after multiple attempts.