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British Pathé news coverage at Cardiff Arms Park

Posted by All Blacks 1996 on July 14, 2014 at 12:30 AM 994 Views

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Reply Kimbo
9:01 AM on July 15, 2014 
Up only 3-0 at half time and having to defend against a gale, it looked like the Springboks would be beaten as they didn't have enough points. In the second half the wily Springboks, realising the handling conditions were getting steadily worse decided not to jump and contest in the lineouts. Instead they let Wales have the ball and harassed them into handling errors. I have advised teams I have played in to use that tactic a few times in really muddy conditions and it is sometimes really effective. Gives you targets to run onto as a defender.

A few hours later the River Taff burst its banks and the ground was completely submerged. Conditions were almost as bad as the infamous "Hurricane" test match between the All Blacks and France at Wellington's Athletic Park in 1961, and about equal to the "Waterpolo" All Blacks vs Scotland test at Eden Park in 1975 (although that 1975 game wasn't so much windy or muddy, just vast pools of water and a continual down pour of rain that made it dangerous to get stuck in the bottom of a ruck in case you risked drowning!)